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Representing Land Owners In Complex Minnesota Eminent Domain Cases

Eminent domain is a time-honored way by which government bodies can assert control over private lands under the right circumstances. A city, county or state cannot assert control over your property for an unjustifiable purpose or without proper compensation to the landowner. Surely it is not right for your city, county or state to assert control over your property for the sake of an unjustifiable purpose, is it?

Know your rights as a landowner. It is wise to seek legal counsel as soon as discussions begin about a development project that may result in the seizure of your property so you can be protected along the way. Evenson Decker, P.A., in St. Cloud is a trustworthy advocate for private property owners as well as aspiring developers whose projects may depend on the use of eminent domain.

Get The Legal Counsel And Advocacy That You Need To Advance Your Position

If you are a property owner whose land may succumb to eminent domain no matter how much you fight against it, the next step is to fight for just compensation. This is especially important if your land may be taken for the sake of a public utility project or an endeavor such as the Minnesota Energy Connection project.

The sooner your eminent domain attorney(s) can start working toward the goal of getting fair compensation for you or getting a project altered to better accommodate your property rights, the better. With the right team on your side, you can present strong arguments in favor of why your land rights should be preserved and respected. We take cases all the way, even up to the United States Supreme Court to defend your property. Contact our eminent domain team at your earliest opportunity as soon as you realize that legal challenges are looming.

Frequently Asked Questions About Minnesota Eminent Domain

If a government entity has sent you a notice of eminent domain proceedings, you likely have many questions. The following FAQ section speaks to some common concerns:

What rights do property owners have when their land is taken for public use in Minnesota?

As a Minnesota property owner, several crucial rights can come into play when a government entity wants to seize your land. The most fundamental right you have during the process is obtaining just compensation.

What does this mean? The government must offer a fair market value for the property and compensable damages under Minnesota eminent domain statutes. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reinforces this right for all Americans.

When should a property owner in Minnesota consider hiring an eminent domain attorney?

Seeking legal counsel can be critical for several reasons. If you feel the government’s compensation offer falls short of your property’s value, an attorney can negotiate a fairer price or represent you in an appeal.

The complexities of the eminent domain process can be daunting, but an attorney can guide you through each step confidently. Further, they can help ensure the seizure genuinely serves a public purpose, a requirement in Minnesota.

Can property owners in Minnesota appeal the amount of compensation offered by the government?

Absolutely. If you disagree with the compensation offered by the entity, you have the right to appeal by filing a lawsuit in district court, but do not forget that the burden of proof lies with you.

Evidence such as independent appraisals from qualified experts can support your claim of unfair compensation. An experienced lawyer can help you gather solid evidence and craft a compelling case on your behalf.

What protections does Minnesota law offer against eminent domain abuse?

Minnesota only permits eminent domain seizures for a legitimate public purpose, not private gain. Moreover, the state offers specific protections against abuse of the process for gain. Blighted properties, for example, must pose an actual danger to be condemned through eminent domain.

Contact Our Experienced Minnesota Eminent Domain Lawyers

Our eminent domain team has helped numerous residential and commercial property owners navigate associated legal challenges. They are proven litigators who achieve results for clients both in and out of the courtroom.

As soon as you realize you are facing an eminent domain issue, we encourage you to call us at 320-301-1025 or send an email message to schedule a consultation.