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Professional, Experienced and Honest Representation

With a focus on eminent domain and civil litigation, I help clients protect themselves against the government taking their land without proper compensation. Proper compensation is not fair market value. Grazing and farm lands and coastal property are often undervalued by the government but many people sell before really investigating the value of their land, home or farm. With over 30 years of experience in eminent domain, there is hardly an issue I have not successfully handled. My experience and vast knowledge of the nuances and changes in the law set me apart from younger firms and allow me to more effectively advise my clients as to their options. I have helped hundreds of clients protect the true value of their property and not be taken advantage of by an eminent domain buyout. I pursue and often get the true value by investigating the full impact and range of potential damages. I have helped clients protect the true value of their homes, businesses and land in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister and Santa Cruz.

Vast And Singular Coastal Property Experience

As the former chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Management District attorney, I understand coastal property issues and values to a degree and breadth that few other attorneys do. My extensive experience with permit issues involving construction and development allows me to effectively advise and represent clients with coastal property and water law and water rights issues. If you require a variance or need to explore ways to "work around" rules because of a unique situation or unprecedented circumstance, I can help.

Getting A Fair Settlement From The Condemning Agency

It happens over and over again. A condemning agency tells a property owner is told that the government will take his or her land, like it or not. The government claims its offer is fair market value. In fact, most property owners do not have any idea whether what the condemning agency is offering is fair. Truth be told, there are many contributing factors that can dramatically increase a property's value. It is understandable that a property owner does not want to spend money on legal representation only to find that they will not receive any more for their property than the government's initial offer. However, the data shows that there are numerous cases where an eminent domain attorney can help property owners recover substantially more money than that initial offer. What is necessary is an effective and true appraisal that takes into consideration the potential damages and the different types of damages. I am a seasoned eminent domain attorney who will diligently pursue your rightful value whether the government is constructing a new highway, railroad, municipal building, water tower or other structure. Protect what is yours. Get the full value. Call the firm of Robert J. Ernst III, Attorney at Law, at 831-753-6125 and speak to a lawyer. Or fill out the online contact page and I will get in touch with you.


Robert J. Ernst III, Attorney at Law
149 Bonifacio Place
Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831-753-6125
Fax: 831-373-2566
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