Federal, state and local governments and certain private entities have the legal authority to condemn private property for public use. However, property owners are entitled to be fairly compensated for their losses. When landowners face these situations, we are here to help them understand the available options and determine the best courses of action.
Eminent Domain is the power of a condemnor (the government or private entities such as electric utilities, telecommunications companies, pipeline companies, road works, railroads, etc.) to take private property for public use.
Condemnation is the legal process through which the property is taken and the property owner is to be awarded just compensation. Inverse condemnation is the legal process through which the property owner initiates litigation because the condemnor takes the property but fails to pay the compensation required by the U.S. and Louisiana Constitutions.
Waits, Emmett, Popp & Teich condemnation and eminent domain attorneys have extensive experience representing both landowners and condemnors, giving us a unique and full understanding of the process. Our representation has included all types of property – from pristine undeveloped land to industrial properties.