Is The Government Making A Fair Offer?

When you are facing the possibility of the government taking your property through eminent domain, you have to do everything you can to protect the investment you have made in your property; this includes ensuring that the government's appraisal of your property reflects the true worth of the property as well as any damage the taking may have on any remaining property.

Too often, the appraisals used by the DOT as well as state and local governments fail to capture all of the ways in which property can be valued or they fail to include the ways in which the property's different components contribute to its overall value:

  • Business owners — Access, location and parking are all aspects that contribute to a site's value. When these and other aspects of a property are disrupted or taken — even temporarily, by a temporary construction easement — it can impact the value of the entire property. A particular property may have ample parking or a high traffic count that can help generate income. If the income the property generates is diminished because of the taking the diminution in value needs to be included in the appraisal report.
  • Homeowners — A home is the place where many of our most special moments in life take place; it is also an investment. But when a street is widened, the government may not recognize, or may undervalue, the impact a partial taking has on the value of a home on that street.
  • Churches — Churches and other "special use" type properties face unique challenges because these properties are not often bought and sold, as a result, they can be harder to value. A church that is facing condemnation may not have access to another property that is as centrally located for its congregation.

Finding What Is Missing In Your Appraisal

Identifying what is missing in an appraisal report is the first step in securing the full value for your property. That is why, several years ago, I took the only two condemnation appraising classes offered by the North Carolina Appraisal Institute. I have used the knowledge I gained in those coursed over the past decade to help people with eminent domain issues. I know what to look for and how to read an appraisal report.

In addition, I have a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and an undergraduate degree in finance. After reading the DOT's appraisal report for your property I will know if something is missing or if your property is undervalued. Then, I will weigh the benefits versus the cost and discuss with you whether I believe you should invest in an appraisal of your own.

Focused On Helping Individuals And Businesses With Their Eminent Domain Issues

I am attorney Keenya T. Justice of The Justice Firm, LLC. I assist individuals, businesses, homeowner's associations, property managers and churches with eminent domain and condemnation issues throughout North Carolina. My legal career has been focused solely on eminent domain. That focus has helped me learn what to look for and how to provide my clients with the real help they need ensuring that they are being fully compensated, be it a full or partial taking, for the property the government is taking and for any damage caused to the remaining property.

Disputed Eminent Domain Appraisal Attorney Serving Charlotte And Throughout North Carolina

When you want to make sure you are being offered the full value of your property, turn to The Justice Firm, LLC. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 704-377-4747 or contact my office online.

The Justice Firm, LLC, works on a contingency fee basis. Our fee is one-third of the ADDITIONAL compensation we earn for you.