The Federal government, the State of North Carolina, utilities, and local government have the right to “take” private property for public use under certain circumstances. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides, “Nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.” However, when a government authority seeks to take someone’s land, there is often a disagreement about what is “just compensation.” That’s when private property owners often seek legal representation to help them recover full, fair compensation.
There are other situations in which large utilities and railroads seek to take the private property of people. Those landowners are entitled to “just compensation,” and we’re here to make sure they get it.
Property which has been held in a family for generations can be taken. The actual amount of land taken may not be large, but the consequences can be devastating — for example, a family farm can be cut in half. Fair compensation should take into account the impact on remaining property as well as the acreage actually taken.
Once land is taken, there will never be a chance to get it back and there will never be a chance to go back for more compensation. If you need advice about your property and the principles of eminent domain and land condemnation, contact a North Carolina eminent domain attorney at our Edenton office.