Protecting Property Owner's Rights: Real Estate Law

When the letter arrives indicating that the government will take your land whether you are interested in selling or not, you may be feel there is nothing left to do but sell. Some people have concerns that hiring representation could mean "throwing good money after bad." However, in many cases the government has based the valuation of your property on "fair market value." Fair market value is not an inclusive or absolute value. It does not involve a comprehensive appraisal or take into account potential damages to your remaining land or property. In fact, there are a lot of cases where an eminent domain lawyer can help you recover substantially more money than the stated "fair market value" the government is offering.

What To Do When Your Property Is Being Taken Under Eminent Domain

If your property is being considered for condemnation under eminent domain, it may be in your best interest to meet with an real estate law attorney and ensure that the full value of the property — including the damages to the remaining property — is offered. Eminent domain is a growing issue in Monterey, Salinas and Santa Cruz. Make an appointment with me if you have concerns regarding how Highway 156 in Monterey County or how the proposed California High Speed Rail will negatively affect your property.

Seasoned Lease, Permit, Development And Construction Advice

For over 30 years, my law firm Robert J Ernst III, Attorney at Law, has helped property owners successfully navigate the red tape. I have helped numerous individuals and businesses with their property issues including:

  • Commercial leases (creating, negotiation, termination)
  • Land leases (farming, grazing, agricultural)
  • Landlord issues
  • Permit issues involving development and construction
  • Developer, homebuyer and homeowner issues
  • Variances
  • Easements

If you have a property issue that involves eminent domain, land use and zoning or permits, I can help. Call 831-753-6125 or fill out this online contact form and I will get in touch with you promptly.