Acquiring property by condemnation is an activity that is not undertaken on a regular basis by the majority of local governments or their attorneys. A condemnation lawyer who specializes in this area generally is essential for successfully navigating the road to acquiring property through the power of eminent domain. An experienced condemnation attorney is aware of the numerous idiosyncracies and pitfalls that can substantially increase the cost of acquisition -- or even prevent the goals of the project from being realized!
Although the formal condemnation process begins
when the condemnation complaint is filed, activities that take
place prior to the initiation of a condemnation lawsuit often
have a significant effect on the ultimate cost of acquiring property.
Decisions made at the beginning of the acquisition process may
have a long reaching effect on the final resolution of the case.
The importance of retaining experienced counsel at the initial
stages cannot be overemphasized.