Resolving Eminent Domain Disputes

What happens when the government decides to take six feet of your front yard in order to widen a road? Or decides to condemn your property so it can be torn down to make room for a new school? What are your rights?

Most of us are familiar with the term eminent domain. Simply put it is the government's irrefutable right to take your land for public purposes. But what does that mean for you, the homeowner?

At the Law Office of Stephen A. Martin, we have more than 25 years of experience working in eminent domain law. Our office works with the property owner to reach a suitable settlement with the government when eminent domain is invoked.

Is The Government Taking Your Property?

For some individuals, losing six feet off the side of their property is insignificant — they have plenty of acreage and the loss is minimal. In this case, their only concern may be getting fair compensation. For others, such a loss can mean the difference between opening your front door to a lawn — or onto a street.

In either case, good legal counsel is essential. Although the government has the ability to seize your land, it must also give you fair market value for the portion it takes. Not surprisingly, the government's idea of fair value is often in conflict with the property owner's.

Get A Skilled Lawyer On Your Side

Our well-established Missouri law firm will work to minimize the inconvenience and maximize the recovery in eminent domain cases. Call 636-487-4097 or complete our online form to arrange a consultation. Based in St. Charles, we serve clients throughout the St. Louis area.