State law in Indiana calls for fair compensation for landowners deprived of their land for public works. The legal concept of eminent domain authorizes this process that essentially condemns a property or a portion of it. It then forces its owner to sell it for public use or development. However, landowners have the right to protest an eminent domain action under certain circumstances. Because the eminent domain is the exception to the property rights that people typically enjoy, the advice of an Indiana lawyer is essential as soon as you become involved in an eminent domain action.
What Are Condemning Authorities?
At times, roads, schools, utility infrastructure, or other public projects require acquiring land from private owners. The legal power to use eminent domain lies with condemning authorities, such as:
• State, county, city, town, and township governments
• School corporations
• Indiana Department of Transportation
When property owners feel poorly compensated or doubt the validity of a land transfer, negotiations and litigation may be necessary to arrive at an appropriate solution. An Indiana lawyer at Webster & Garino can provide a thorough evaluation of your rights and options in an eminent domain case.