LaPlace Eminent Domain Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of LaPlace Property Owners

You may be vaguely aware of “eminent domain,” which gives the government the power to seize your private land if they intend to use it for a public purpose. However, you may not be fully aware of your rights or how to protect yourself when you learn your property is being taken away. Eminent domain powers can only be exercised under certain circumstances, and you must be fairly compensated for any land you lose. No one wants to go through this process, but hiring skilled legal advocates can help ensure you are not taken advantage of and that you get what you deserve.

At Potts Law Firm, we are committed to helping Louisiana property owners navigate this complex, high-stakes process. It’s all about our power: With over $1 billion recovered for our clients, our results speak for themselves. Whether you believe the government does not have the right to take your property or you simply need help securing fair compensation, our LaPlace eminent domain lawyers are prepared to put our over 250 years of combined experience to work for you.

Contact us online or call (985) 236-0573 to schedule a free initial consultation today. Our firm offers same-day appointments and provides services in English and Spanish.

Can I Stop the Government from Seizing My Private Land in Louisiana?

No one wants to involuntarily give up their land, even if the government claims it is taking it for a good reason. Your first instinct will, understandably, be to explore whether you have any means of stopping the seizure. In many cases, the government does unfortunately have the right to take your land thanks to the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.

In some situations, the government could attempt to abuse its eminent domain powers, in which case you would have a case to contest the proceedings and retain your land. The government often acts within the scope of its vast constitutional powers, however, and in these cases, there is no way to stop eminent domain. You can only fight to ensure you are fairly compensated.

The government has the right to take your private property if, and only if, it is converting it for public use. Whether the government’s plans for your property can be considered a genuine public use may in some circumstances be questionable. If it appears that the planned use will predominantly benefit private companies versus facilitating a public good, you may be able to successfully contest the land seizure.

Additionally, governments will sometimes designate a building, neighborhood, or piece of land as “blighted.” This designation is meant to denote areas and structures that are unsafe or unsightly and thus a target for redevelopment, but it can sometimes be used to justify unlawful eminent domain seizures. If your building or land was designated “blighted” for unclear or spurious reasons, get in touch with Potts Law Firm right away.

We are not afraid to stand up to the government when they do not have the right to take your land, but our LaPlace eminent domain attorneys will always be transparent and honest when reviewing your legal options. If we think the government has standing to seize your property, we will say so.

We only take a contingency fee on the money we secure that exceeds your initial offer, so do not hesitate to call (985) 236-0573 or contact us online if you learn the government intends to seize your property.

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What Am I Entitled to When My Property Is Taken under Eminent Domain in Louisiana?

When the government exercises its eminent domain powers and seizes private land, it must provide fair compensation to the affected landowner. It must also go through a specific process of notifying you of its intent to take your property and negotiate your level of compensation, meaning you cannot lose your land without any warning.

“Fair compensation” typically means “the fair market value” for your property at the time of the seizure. In practice, the government will generally seek to pay as little as possible. They will make a formal, initial offer as they position themselves to take your property, but you do not have to – and in most cases, should not – accept.

Never accept any offer without first discussing its contents and your options with a legal professional. Our team at Potts Law Firm can ascertain the true fair market value for your property and fight to get you the appropriate amount.

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Explore our past successes
  • Commercial Property Dispute $645,000

    Potts Law Firm attorneys negotiated a settlement on behalf of a client whose land was taken by a private power line company. The company’s original offer of $430,000 failed to consider the decrease in aesthetic value that the scenic ranch in the Texas Hill Country would incur from the power line installation.

  • East Texas Residential Property $454,000

    Potts Law Firm attorneys negotiated on behalf of a residential property owner whose East Texas land was taken by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) to make way for new road construction. TxDOT's original offer of $31,343 did not consider damages that the remaining land would incur from the new road build.

  • Commercial Property Dispute $713,000

    Potts Law Firm attorneys negotiated on behalf of a commercial property owner whose land was taken by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) to make way for new road construction. TxDOT's original offer of $466,396 did not consider other reasonable comparable sales in the area.

  • Commercial Property Dispute Confidential Settlement

    Potts Law Firm attorneys negotiated on behalf of a South Texas commercial property owner whose land was taken by a private oil and gas pipeline company. Our eminent domain attorney utilized his past experience of working for the condemner to negotiate on behalf of his client.

  • Texas Residential Property $146,000

    Potts Law Firm attorneys negotiated on behalf of an East Texas residential property owner whose land was taken by a Texas condemnation authority. The original offer of $113,677 did not consider other reasonable comparable sales in the area.

What Happens If I Refuse an Eminent Domain Offer in Louisiana?

When you refuse an initial offer of compensation, the government agency (or condemning authority) may be willing to negotiate a higher number, especially if you have retained legal representation. If you cannot come to an agreement, the applicable condemning authority will file a lawsuit against you. An administrative hearing will be scheduled, and you will have a chance to make arguments and present evidence that supports your calculation of the property’s value.

When you are losing your hard-earned private property, every dollar counts. Our LaPlace eminent domain lawyers are familiar with how these hearings are adjudicated and what it takes to secure a favorable outcome. We will make every effort to protect your rights throughout the legal process and fight to obtain as much as possible.


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