Condemnation And Eminent Domain Attorneys

Serving Clients Throughout Central Florida From Law Offices In DeLand

In our practice of representing Florida property owners and businesses involved in eminent domain proceedings, our efforts have been focused on private property owners and not governmental entities. Our sole focus in our eminent domain legal practice is protecting the rights of private property owners. The Board Certified in Real Estate Law attorneys at Taylor and Nordman, P.A., believe that private property rights granted by the United States Constitution and the Florida Constitution are keys to the freedoms we enjoy in this country.


Watch here for news story on one of our cases:

Sanford Airport Authority v. Byers Family Ltd., et al.

In The Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit,

In and For Seminole County Florida

Case No.: 2011-CA-2576-13-G, Parcel P-90

About Eminent Domain And Condemnation

Eminent domain is the power of the governmental entity to take private property for a public use. Condemnation is the process in which eminent domain is exercised. Two of the more heavily litigated issues are whether the use is for a public purpose and the valuation of the taken property.

Precondemnation planning — Dependent upon the circumstances, a property owner may have the opportunity to engage in precondemnation planning that may benefit the property owner.

Negotiating with the governmental authority — The acquiring entity generally engages an appraiser who regularly works for governmental entities to appraise the property for the entity and then may make an offer based upon its own appraisal.

Suit — If the presuit negotiations do not result in a voluntary sale, the governmental entity may file a suit against the property owner asserting eminent domain or condemnation rights.

Experts — The governmental entity engages experts such as appraisers, engineers and environmental engineers, and those experts may not agree with experts hired by the property owner. Under most circumstances the governmental authority will be responsible for the property owner's expert fees, including engineers, land planners and appraisers.

Attorney's fees and costs — Most of the time the governmental authority will be responsible for lawyer's fees and costs for the property owner.

Inverse condemnation — Generally when the government takes or makes use of a property without filing an eminent domain suit the owner may file an inverse condemnation suit.

Tax considerations — There can be tax implications and planning stemming from eminent domain, and Michael P. Nordman is a Certified Public Accountant who will work with the client's tax advisor.

Contact Us

Most often the initial consultation takes place in our office, but sometimes it may be more beneficial to meet at your home or property, especially if it is involved in the dispute. For more information on any real estate matter, or to schedule a consultation, please call us at 386-734-2558.