Many of our readers in Arizona have probably heard the term “eminent domain,” but perhaps only have a general concept of what this legal term refers to. In short, eminent domain allows a governmental entity or utility company to take your property for a public use. But, there is a bit more to the basics of eminent domain than that.
Eminent domain basics
If there is one other term that probably comes to mind when a person hears about eminent domain, it is “just compensation.” That is what you are entitled to for the fact that your property is being taken. The determination of the full amount of just compensation, however, is where a real fight can occur between a property owner and the entity attempting to take the property in question. Your idea of just compensation may be quite different than the taking entity.
While it may be incredibly difficult to stop the taking of your property – the law is generally in favor of the entities who use the eminent domain process – you can press your rights to an amount of just compensation that gives you want you think your property is worth. This doesn’t mean you can hope for a windfall – there must be a good basis for the value you are pushing for.
At our law firm, we understand that our clients need to know the basics about eminent domain when their property is in the process of being taken, and they need to know how the basics will apply to their property specifically. We do our best to help our clients in Arizona get through the eminent domain process smoothly. For more information, please visit the eminent domain overview section of our law firm’s website.