Houston Land Use Lawyer
Experienced Houston Public Land Use Compensation Attorneys
In general, the fair compensation value for land seized through eminent domain is based on its best and highest use. The current land use, as well as any reasonably foreseeable uses in the future can be factored into the valuation, but the fair value of land is not necessarily determined by the potential use of the land. For example, if the government wants to seize part of your property to turn it into public land, you cannot expect compensation for the potential value as if you had sold it to a real estate developer if no such offers exist.
Why Choose Our Land Use Compensation Attorneys?
- Defending landowners’ rights for 30+ years
Partner John T. McDowell:
- Selected for the Thompson Reuters® Texas Super Lawyers® list in 2007-2011, 2014-2015, and 2017-2018.
- AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Selected for the National Trial Lawyers' list of Top 100 Civil Plaintiff's lawyers
Our Houston litigation firm proudly represents property owners throughout the state of Texas. We are ready to help you understand your legal rights and options in a free case review.
Knowledgeable Advice from McDowell Law Group LLP
Rural land prices in Texas have risen dramatically. A property that was worth six or seven hundred dollars an acre five years ago may now be worth three thousand dollars an acre. This is why appraisal is so crucial, so that the true market value of your land is reflected in the fair and just compensation you are entitled to in an eminent domain proceeding. This is one reason why having the advice of an experienced Houston land use lawyer and eminent domain attorney at McDowell Law Group LLP can be so valuable.
Our team can counsel you on various land valuation matters, including:
- Fair valuation
- Potential damages
- Land regulations
- Ethical concerns
We can help you determine the fair amount you deserve for your land, and will fight to get you just compensation in condemnation proceedings. In fact, it is sometimes possible to get more than market value for your property, based upon our ability to negotiate with the government and to make the special commissioners understand your position.