An Aggressive Georgia Eminent Domain Law Firm
Defending your rights against government’s abuse of power
Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property for public use. The process involves condemnation of your property, appraisal of its value, an offer to purchase and negotiation for a fair price. If the government offers an unsatisfactory amount of compensation or your property was improperly designated for public use, you can sue to halt the eminent domain process or receive the compensation you deserve. George E. Butler II has 26 years of experience protecting clients’ rights against potential abuse of eminent domain.
Challenging public use
Public use traditionally refers to streets, airports, dams, reservoirs, schools, hospitals, parks and other projects purported to benefit the community. In some cases, private companies can gain easements through the eminent domain doctrine to perform such functions as laying and maintaining gas, water, telephone or power lines. In the landmark 2005 case Kelo v. New London, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the taking of property for economic development serves a public purpose. This controversial decision has led to substantial abuses that threaten Americans’ homes and livelihoods for the unjust reason of producing more tax revenue, with decent houses and viable businesses condemned as blighted to make room for the benefit of private companies. At the Law Office of George E. Butler II, LLC, the government’s proposed use of your property is reviewed and the legitimacy of the public purpose challenged.
Negotiating fair market value
The highest price a buyer would pay you for your property if you were selling on the open market is its fair market value. The government’s initial offer is often much lower than your property’s worth. George E. Butler II seeks alternative appraisals to dispute the government’s inadequate assessment of your property’s fair market value. With his exceptional negotiation skills and assertive techniques, Mr. Butler guides the process so that you get the highest possible payout for your property.
Demanding just compensation
The Fifth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution bar the government from taking private property without providing just compensation to the property owner. Fair market value is the basis of the government’s offer, but it is not the only consideration. You should not have to lose because of the government’s actions. You deserve full compensation for such crucial factors as your business’s good will or diminished value. George E. Butler II doggedly pursues litigation until you receive full compensation from the government.
Contact the zealous Dahlonega eminent domain attorneys.
Call the Law Office of George E. Butler II, LLC at 404-873-2544 or contact him online to schedule your free initial consultation.