Was Your Property Taken Without Your Consent?
Eminent domain, also known as condemnation, is when a government or a utility (a pipeline or a power line) takes your property without your consent. If you have been affected by eminent domain, it is important that you understand your legal rights. Eminent domain is a technical and highly specialized area of the law.
WE’RE ON IT
Attorneys Dan Hannula and Ryan Scherz have successfully handled condemnation cases in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota for over 30 years. Dan first worked for the government in condemnation cases. Now he and Ryan work for landowners.
From the first notice of a possible taking through trial, we know how to navigate and negotiate this highly complex area of the law. Dan and Ryan will personally visit and view your property so that they can see it from your side and maximize your claim for just compensation. Don’t try to negotiate alone. We can help you get the money your property is really worth. In many cases, we can also get your legal fees paid, too.
We Help People Like You
Eminent domain or condemnation affects ordinary people. We helped a client in Taylor County with a farm that had been in the family for generations. His farm was cut in half by a transmission line.
We helped homeowners in Waupaca County — a young couple with four small children — who suddenly found a high voltage transmission line next to their house.
We have helped business owners, such as a machine shop owner in Outagamie County who was forced to move his high-tech computerized equipment in order to get away from voltage interference.
Eminent Domain Should Be Fair
Each case is unique. The Fifth Amendment gives the government the right to take property for a public use. But, the law also gives property owners the right to “just compensation.”
Before your property is taken from you, the government (or public utility) must follow specific procedures: good faith negotiations, an independent appraisal, a second appraisal with an appraiser of your own choosing, and relocation assistance if you have to move.
Eminent domain is not just about the government’s right to take your property — it’s supposed to be fair to property owners as well. Whether we fight for you to be able to keep your land or negotiate or litigate for fair compensation, our goal is to protect your rights.
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