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You worked hard for your home and it belongs to you and your family. To hear that someday your home, your land, your investment and your children’s inheritance is going to be taken by the government is terrifying.

You may be upset, afraid and uncertain about the next steps. This page will help you understand eminent domain and explain what you can do to protect yourself.

We have decades of experience helping families just like yours get the help that they deserve and need.

  • Eminent Domain Introduction
  • Eminent Domain Abuse
  • What To Do

What is Eminent Domain?

When the government takes your land in North Carolina for public use, this process is called eminent domain or land condemnation. Subject to the payment of just compensation, the government has the right to take private property for a public use. Eminent domain is limited by the 5th Amendment which states that the government cannot seize private property without the payment of just compensation.

The eminent domain lawyers at Lewis & Keller can provide comprehensive representation to help fight the taking of your North Carolina property or commercial land. Armed with the extensive experience of our North Carolina eminent domain attorneys, we understand the complexities of condemnation law. As such, the chances of receiving a favorable settlement significantly increase with our assistance.

The firm’s founding partner is Mike Lewis. An attorney who has decades of experience litigating such cases and who has received numerous awards in the legal industry that recognize his track record of success. Recently, our entire firm was recognized as a member of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ 2014 Tier 2 “Best Law Firms” for our notable work in personal injury and eminent domain litigation. With our assistance, you will maximize your chances of either keeping your home or getting appropriate compensation.

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“After the initial phone call, my legal assistant was assigned to my case. She explained everything as we went along. When I had a panic attack, she talked me through. When she called to let me know I was approved, I could hear her excitement for me.”

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Your folks were very personal and respectful. You handled my case in a quick manner. I liked the way I was treated with respect and felt like I was appreciated, not for the case, but as a person. Anyone that needs an attorney, I would recommend you. I can’t express how much it means to me and how much your firm has done for me. I look forward to doing business in the future.

- Michael I., Winston-Salem, N.C.

What is Eminent Domain Abuse?

Eminent domain abuse occurs when the government tries to take property without being able to demonstrate that they will use it for “public use” or that the taking of the home is “necessary”.

Lewis & Keller challenges government land condemnation cases where the projects do not qualify for public use or where there are other ways for the project to be completed without depriving you and your family of your home.

The Government’s Case

In order to succeed in condemning land, the government’s team of lawyers must demonstrate not only that the private property is being seized for legitimate “public use” purposes and that is “necessary” but also that the offer you have received for your home or business is “just compensation.”

A qualified North Carolina eminent domain attorney can ensure that your home or business is being condemned legally and also ensure that you receive the financial compensation to which you and your family are entitled.

What Should I Do If I Am Facing Land Condemnation?

If it appears that your property may be affected by eminent domain, it is important to be proactive. By taking appropriate steps before your land is taken, you increase your chances of receiving a favorable settlement for your property.

Some of those steps include (but are not limited to):

  • Refrain from applying for building permits and zoning changes.
  • Keep up the appearance and condition of your property.
  • Don’t speak to government representatives without first speaking to an attorney. Your statements may be recorded and used against you in the future to lower your settlement offer.
  • Do not give the government a copy of appraisal reports, income statements or other personal property information.
  • Be sure to ask about relocation benefits that you may be eligible for.
  • Avoid sales contracts or listing agreements.

In some instances, you may also be approached by a property appraiser or representative of the government prior to the land being seized. If so, be sure to ask a government representative the following questions:

  • Is the proposed project funded?
  • If so, will the government seize my property?
  • Am I eligible for an “advanced acquisition”?

Every bit of information that you can obtain prior to your land being taken is important. The reason for this is because with this type of information, a team of experienced attorneys can use those details to help fortify your lawsuit, ensuring that it is as strong as possible before going to court. Our attorneys will ensure that the government has followed the proper fair notice steps.

$119,000

Jury Verdict in Motorcycle Accident

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Jury verdict for a young motorcyclist who sustained a torn rotator cuff in a motorcycle accident involving an automobile.
Jury verdict for a young motorcyclist who sustained a torn rotator cuff in a motorcycle accident involving an automobile.

$100,000

Auto Accident Settlement

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Settlement for a young male welder who suffered a labrum tear in his shoulder after a car crash.
Settlement for a young male welder who suffered a labrum tear in his shoulder after a car crash.

$70,000

Settlement from Trial

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$70,000  Settlement: Litigation is very time consuming and expensive, so we try our best to settle cases before it gets to the point of filing a lawsuit.  Sometimes, though, we just don’t have a choice.  In a case we recently settled, our client had low medical bills and as a result, the insurance company didn’t seem to be taking her injury very seriously.    Prior to filing suit the offer was $30,000, we were eventually able to resolve the case without going to trial for $70,000.
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$264,825

Settlement for Man Riding Moped

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Settlement for a man who sustained significant pelvic injuries while riding with his fiancé on a moped when a flatbed tow truck made a left hand turn directly in front of them.
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$100,000

Auto Accident Settlement

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Settlement for a man injured in two car accidents in a seven-month time span.
Settlement for a man injured in two car accidents in a seven-month time span.

$75,000

Verdict for Attack by Pit Bulls

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Verdict for a 45-year old lady who was attacked by a group of Pitt Bulls. She suffered wounds on her arm and legs as she was walking to the store from her house.
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$350,000

Arbitration Award For Self-Employed Man

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Arbitration award for self-employed 60+ year-old male with shoulder and neck injuries from auto accident; defense claimed the young driver was not at fault, and that our client's neck problems were not caused by the collision.
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$645,000

Settlement in Accident with Tractor Trailer

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Settlement for a 53-year-old woman involved in an accident with a tractor trailer.
Settlement for a 53-year-old woman involved in an accident with a tractor trailer.

Elite North Carolina Land Condemnation Lawyers

For decades, the land condemnation attorneys at Lewis & Keller have helped clients resolve their most pressing land condemnation legal problems. The firm’s track record of success speaks for itself.

Mike Lewis has been recognized by UsNews/Best Lawyers for his expertise in land condemnation every year since 2007.

If the government is threatening to take your home or your business, please call 866-299-1769 or use our online contact form.

Additional Eminent Domain Resources

Winston-Salem Office

285 Executive Park Boulevard
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103

Phone: 336-765-7777
Fax: 336-659-1750

Greensboro Office

204 Muirs Chapel Road Suite 100,
Greensboro, North Carolina 27410

Phone: 336-851-1000
Fax: 336-659-1750

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