THE KAUFCAN DIFFERENCE
Kaufman & Canoles’ Eminent Domain Practice Group is dedicated to the representation of property owners impacted by condemnation matters across Virginia. As we celebrate in 2019 the Firm’s 100 year anniversary of doing business in Virginia, we combine our thorough knowledge of eminent domain with decades of land planning, negotiation and litigation experience.
Our eminent domain team has grown to become one of the largest groups of attorneys in the Commonwealth, and we are dedicated to helping you throughout the eminent domain process. We represent clients impacted by all stages of the eminent domain process, including:
The government or private entity designs and maps out projects, identifying parcels that will be affected. Landowners can voice their opinions and potentially impact the design of a project. However, this should never be done without the assistance of counsel as statements by landowners may be used against them at a later point when seeking just compensation for any taking.
Once approved, the government or private entity notifies and makes offers to landowners. The team at Kaufman & Canoles hires experts, including appraisers and engineers, as needed, to analyze the offer and assess just compensation. Condemning authorities will typically deny that a taking has caused damage to your property, and this is often not true.
If a settlement or purchase agreement is not reached, the government or private entity will file a lawsuit to take the property. The condemning authority must demonstrate that it has complied with all legal requirements before the land is condemned. If the taking is permitted, a jury or commissioners will determine the payment the landowner will receive.
Our attorneys have the experience necessary to identify property values, damages and relocation assistance that can lead to a higher amount of compensation. Our experience with appraisers, engineers, real estate brokers and development professionals facilitates our ability to negotiate and try cases effectively and successfully.
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