Endorsed by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin
Stand your ground
Whether farmland or an office complex, real estate can be your clients’ most valuable asset. But what happens when the government wants to take that private property for public use?
From initial contact by the acquiring authority to the jurisdictional offer to purchase, An Introduction to Condemnation will teach you the basics of the condemnation process and its required timelines, and give you the tools you need to help defend your clients’ property rights.
- Necessary circumstances for the government to exercise eminent domain power
- What constitutes a compensable taking of property
- Differences between inverse condemnation and a temporary taking
- How Wisconsin and federal procedures differ
Know your worth
In condemnation cases, appraisals are a key factor in determining fair market value. Learn the standards for appraisals in eminent domain situations. Know what to keep in mind when getting an independent appraisal, including jurisdictional exceptions, appraisal methods, severance damages, and the cost to cure.
Your day in court
Clients unwillingly caught up in a condemnation situation will look to you to contest it or to ensure they receive adequate compensation. Understand available condemnation remedies, such as:
- Valuation factors
- Severance damages
- Costs and fees
- Special damages
- Relocation benefits
Plus, get advice and strategies for preparing an eminent domain case for trial, including negotiation tactics and tips on working with expert witnesses.
When your client faces a governmental taking situation, know where to start with help from An Introduction to Condemnation.