Under the Constitution, if the government takes private property for a public purpose, the owner is entitled to JUST COMPENSATION.  The landowner receives just compensation in the form of damages.  The measure of damages is generally defined as the difference between the fair market value of the entire tract, including improvements, immediately before the taking and the fair market value of the remainder tract, including improvements, immediately after the taking.  The measure of damages in a condemnation case typically requires the use of a licensed real estate appraiser.

Under the appraisal process, the government will place a value on the following items:

  1. The value of any right of way being acquired (property taken for the road project);
  2. The value of any permanent easements being acquired;
  3. The value of any temporary easements being acquired (e.g. temporary construction easement);
  4. The value of any improvements being acquired (e.g. buildings, parking lot, storage tanks); and
  5. The amount of damages to the remainder of the property.

In order to ensure you receive just compensation, it is recommended that you consult with a land appraiser.  We can assist you in this process.  Our job is to make sure you receive the full and total amount of damages you are entitled to receive as just compensation for the taking.  Contact us immediately if you have any questions or would like a complementary review of the government’s offer.

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carolina eminent domain

The Landowner’s Advocate


Telephone: 919-459-2192

Email: Info@carolinaeminentdomain.com

Raleigh Office: 4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Suite 375

Cary Office: 315 North Academy St Suite 210,

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With over 50 years of combined legal experience, the lawyers at Carolina Eminent Domain help clients maximize the value of property threatened by condemnation. 


Carolina Eminent Domain formed out of relationship between two former Navy JAG lawyers



Doug is a veteran trial lawyer who has tried more than 30 jury trials to verdict in state court, federal court, and military courts-martial.  Early in his career, Doug represented NCDOT in land condemnation cases and understands how NCDOT works.

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Rick is a seasoned real estate lawyer who also has significant experience handling eminent domain matters for his clients.  Rick also has experience in the field of real estate development and understands how to assess the highest and best use of real estate.

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