In developing and developed areas, it is becoming increasingly common to see private property taken for a public purpose such as the construction of a school, or for road and highway widening. While the U.S. Constitution gives the government the authority to convert private property to public property, it also dictates that any property owner who loses property as a result of this is entitled to fair and just compensation. Unfortunately, many property owners are unaware of what constitutes fair and just compensation.
Our Condemnation attorneys understand that takings are initially based on government’s opinion of value, which may not reflect fair market value. We know how to respond to condemnation takings and seek the highest possible awards for our clients. We pursue awards based on fair market value at Condemnation Commissioners’ hearings. If the awards are still insufficient, appeals are filed to the trial court level where a jury trial is sought.
The attorneys of Stavitsky & Associates evaluate the property utilizing their years of experience in property valuation to determine the estimated value of the property subject to condemnation. We strive present the best possible case to a condemnation jury based on value testimony of an expert appraiser and factual testimony of the property owner whose property has been taken. We prepare our case by carefully scrutinizing the government’s award of compensation. We thoroughly research their appraisal report, which justifies the amount of their initial award. We identify whether there is a basis to challenge the award and pursue it completely.
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