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Suffolk County Condemnation Attorney

Eminent Domain attorney

Governments have the right to take your property through condemnation, also known as eminent domain, upon a proper showing of a "public purpose." You, however, have the right to be "fairly" compensated for the direct or indirect damages to your property as a result of a full or partial taking of your property.

How your property may be legally taken

The Fifth Amendment grants the federal government the right to take your property for a public purpose through condemnation. This right is also extended to the states and local governments. However, you are entitled to fair compensation for your interest in the taken property by provisions in:

  • The Constitution of the United States
  • The Constitution of the State of New York
  • New York State law

The government that condemns your property is obligated to:

  • Provide you with advance notice of the taking
  • Conduct a public hearing to demonstrate the public purpose, need or benefit that is served by taking your property

The courts nearly always accept a government’s assertion of eminent domain. But you can still get a better outcome if you work with a condemnation lawyer in Suffolk County. Our fight is usually not to prevent the taking, but to get you fairly compensated for your direct and indirect losses.

How you can be compensated for the taking of your property

While the government is legally obligated to fairly compensate you for condemning your property, the offer you receive may not adequately reflect its value. You need an experienced Suffolk County condemnation attorney with a profound understanding of property valuation. At Scott DeSimone P.C., we have thorough knowledge of prevailing market trends and the Eminent Domain procedure law. We also leverage our relationships with expert appraisers and engineers, who can help make the case for your right to higher compensation. Our experience in eminent domain cases allows us to estimate whether the cost of such services would be balanced by the additional compensation you are likely to receive, and we are honest with you about the reality of your situation.

Get fair compensation with help from a condemnation lawyer in Suffolk County

When we represent you in a condemnation proceeding, you do not pay a fee until you receive a settlement and you do not pay costs until your case is complete. If we are unable to obtain additional compensation beyond the amount originally offered by the government, you owe no legal fee.

For a free consultation about your condemnation case, contact Scott DeSimone P.C. online or call us at 631.765.3535. We help you respond to eminent domain actions in Huntington, Islip, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Smithtown, East Hampton, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold.