Eminent Domain

State and local government agencies and certain utility companies have the constitutional power to take property belonging to a private citizen under what is known as the power of eminent domain, also sometimes referred to as "condemnation". This allows these agencies to take all or part of your property or to take just certain rights (such as utility easements and rights of way). If the government or utility company damages your property, you also have a right to recover damages for "inverse condemnation."

  • Government Takings
  • Easement Condemnation
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Negotiation of Compensation
  • Nuisance
  • Damage to Property
  • DOT Takings

C. Lawrence Meyer is an Atlanta Eminent Domain Lawyer with extensive experience in eminent domain proceedings, from negotiations with the condemnor through trial. We have connections with the right expert appraisers and other professionals that can help build a case for compensation. As soon as your learn that your property may be affected by a government construction project, you need totalk to an experienced Georgia eminent domain lawyer so that you do not lose valuable rights. Call or email us for a free consultation.

The Power of Eminent Domain

The constitutions of Georgia and the United States require the government to provide just and adequate compensation whenever private property or businesses are taken or damaged. If the government or a utility company has contacted you about taking your property, contact Atlanta Eminent Domain Lawyer C. Lawrence Meyer for assistance. There is no charge for an initial consultation.

The government or utility company has the power to take all or some of your property for a public use. This includes situations where the government takes only a portion of the rightful owner's property, including easements and rights-of-way. Property rights are broadly defined and can include the fee (complete) ownership of the property, easements for telecommunications lines, gas lines, power lines, sewers, roads, and rights-of-way. Sometimes, government agencies may enact regulations that severely limit your ability to use your property. This can also be considered a taking under the constitution, and you may be entitled to compensation as a result. Call an C. Lawrence Meyer, an experienced Georgia Eminent Domain lawyer for help.

You should also be aware that the government can delegate the power of eminent domain to private companies. These companies can force you to sell your property rights under threat of condemnation. You may not realize it, but private companies such as telephone companies, cable companies, electrical membership corporations, and MARTA or other rapid transit authorities all have the power of eminent domain and can condemn your property. Don't let anyone tell you that you have to give them your property rights unless they are willing to pay just and adequate compensation. Call our office to talk to an experienced eminent domain lawyer in Atlanta.