Eminent domain is the term used to describe the government’s right to seize privately owned property to used for the public good. If you have received notice from your county government that it intends to seize your property for payment, it is likely that you are feeling inconvenienced, perhaps even blindsided and overwhelmed. In the event that you have received such a notice, you should know first that you have rights. You have the right to argue your case before the court, and if this is the route you choose to take, it is in your best interest to have legal representation that inspires confidence.
Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn understands Minnesota law as it pertains to eminent domain and we can help you prepare your appeal to the court. We have extensive experience with and expertise in eminent domain law. We can provide context for you that will clarify the eminent domain notification you received from the government. The modern understanding that most people have of eminent domain is based on the seizure of private property for the construction of a public project of some kind.
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While these examples make up a large portion of eminent domain cases, there are other circumstances that fit the definition of ‘eminent domain.’ Some property owners are subject to eminent domain if their property is considered to have become a health or safety hazard. Another common circumstance involves rezoning for the purpose of economic growth. In such situations, the government may determine that it is in the public’s interest to assert eminent domain in order to build more commercial property, an access road, a new park, or another structure aimed at improving the local economy.
In any case, the property owner has rights, and those rights should be zealously defended. If you believe that the government is illegitimate in its attempt to seize your property, or if you can provide evidence that an alternate plan would serve the government’s needs without initiating inconvenience to you, the court should hear the arguments. In order to ensure that the argument is persuasive in a way that satisfies the inherent legal requirements, you will need the assistance and advocacy of a law firm with the knowledge and experience of Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn.
Protect your Legal Rights in an Eminent Domain Case
Governments may have legitimate interests in eminent domain cases, but no seizure of private property should go unchallenged. So if you have received notice of eminent domain, we hope you will reach out to us. We are confident that we will be able to help you. Call the team at Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn at (763) 427-5131 for more information.