Eminent Domain Attorney Dallas Fort Worth Texas
The topic of eminent domain and condemnation process in Texas can evoke much confusion, high degrees of emotion and possible legal actions for which many have no frame of reference. Unlike other areas of Texas law, these situations may lead homeowners and other property owners to make rash decisions or take actions which, inadvertently, can cause future problems and reduce the odds of getting your desired outcome.
In order to help you better understand the rules in Texas, here are several resources:
- TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE CHAPTER 2206 – EMINENT DOMAIN: Click Here
- TEXAS PROPERTY CODE CHAPTER 21 – EMINENT DOMAIN: Click Here
- State of Texas Landowner’s Bill Of Rights (PDF), from the Office Of The Attorney General Of Texas: Click Here
- Understanding The Condemnation Process In Texas (PDF): Click Here
- 2012 Archive Of “Texas Eminent Domain Laws Made Easy”, from the Office Of The Attorney General Of Texas: Click Here
- Eminent Domain Reporting And Database, from the comptroller.texas.gov website: Click Here
- Pipeline Eminent Domain And Condemnation, from the Railroad Commission of Texas: Click Here
Our firm has represented clients in Texas on several issues pertaining to eminent domain and condemnation. Our Dallas office can represent you if the your matter pertains to property in the State of Texas.
From the State Of Texas Landowner’s Bill Of Rights:
- 1. You are entitled to receive adequate compensation if your property is taken for a public use.
- 2. Your property can only be taken for a public use.
- 3. Your property can only be taken by a governmental entity or private entity authorized by law to do so.
- 4. The entity that wants to take your property must notify you that it wants to take your property.
- 5. The entity proposing to take your property must provide you with a written appraisal from a certified appraiser detailing the adequate compensation you are owed for your property.
- 6. The entity proposing to take your property must make a bona fide offer to buy the property before it files a lawsuit to condemn the property – which means the condemning entity must make a good faith offer that conforms with Chapter 21 of the Texas Property Code.
- 7. You may hire an appraiser or other professional to determine the value of your property or to assist you in any condemnation proceeding.
- 8. You may hire an attorney to negotiate with the condemning entity and to represent you in any legal proceedings involving the condemnation.
- 9. Before your property is condemned, you are entitled to a hearing before a court-appointed panel that includes three special commissioners. The special commissioners must determine the amount of compensation the condemning entity owes for the taking of your property. The commissioners must also determine what compensation, if any, you are entitled to receive for any reduction in value of your remaining property.
- 10. If you are unsatisfied with the compensation awarded by the special commissioners, or if you question whether the taking of your property was proper, you have the right to a trial by a judge or jury. If you are dissatisfied with the trial court’s judgment, you may appeal that decision.
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If you have an eminent domain issue in Texas and would like to schedule a consultation with us then you are welcome to call our Dallas offices at (214) 521-9100 or use the contact form found on the bottom of this page.