Eminent Domain Attorneys in Lackawanna County
Preserving Your Constitutional Rights in Clarks Summit
The government has assumed the responsibility of providing the public with certain invaluable services, such as law enforcement, transportation infrastructure, and emergency services. In order to provide those public services, the government sometimes needs to use property. However, sometimes the land that the government needs is owned by private landowners. In such cases, the government might decide to exercise its eminent domain powers.
If you are a Pennsylvania property owner who has become the subject of an eminent domain action, you should contact an experienced eminent domain attorney from O’Malley Law Office, LLC to help you protect and preserve your rights. Our legal team has over 80 years of combined legal experience with several different legal practices, including eminent domain law. You can count on our extensive knowledge of the law to help support your cause.
To learn more about how O’Malley Law Office, LLC can help you, contact us at (570) 284-3551.
What Is Eminent Domain?
Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property for a public purpose. However, the federal and Pennsylvania constitutions have provisions that require the government to pay private landowners just compensation for their property.
According to the United States Constitution, no person may be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
The Pennsylvania constitution prohibits the taking of private property “for public use, without authority of law and without just compensation being first made or secured.”
As a result, the government can initiate an eminent domain action against the property owner. The property owner must defend an exercise of the government’s eminent domain rights in court.
At O’Malley Law Office, LLC, we can assist property owners with the following eminent domain issues:
- Federal eminent domain actions
- Pennsylvania eminent domain actions
- Valuing property to determine just compensation
- De facto condemnations
- Regulatory takings
What Relief Am I Entitled To?
Eminent domain proceedings require the government to pay just compensation for its decision to take private property. As a result, one of the vital issues in an eminent domain proceeding involves assessing the value of the taken property, and ordering the government to compensate the landowner for it.
Our legal team will work hard to find the following relief from the government’s exercise of eminent domain law:
- Just compensation of the property’s fair market value
- Damages for delayed payments
- Relocation damages
- Attorney’s fees and litigation costs
Consult an Experienced Eminent Domain Attorney in Lackawanna County Today
Eminent domain cases can be stressful. Although government agencies wield a significant amount of power, they are not infallible. If you need legal advice regarding eminent domain issues in Pennsylvania, look no further than O’Malley Law Office, LLC. We are dedicated to helping Lackawanna County property owners protect their property rights.