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Imminent Domain by government/Sad, but true...
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WallSal55    Posted 05-04-2002 at 13:18:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
A true story: my in-laws lived near conservation
game reserve. Government offered to by their
farm for handsome price. After much soul-searching over how they built the farm over 40+
years into high production of crops, they refused. Did not do any good. Government claimed imminent domain. They got paid handsomely for their land, but it really bothered my mother-in-law terribly. My father-in-law said they couldn't do anything about it.
They got to keep their house, and some surrounding acres for yard.


Ashley J.    Posted 03-17-2008 at 09:30:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am writing a paper on imminent domain in my Comp. class in college. I was just wondering if you would care that i used your story about imminent domain in my paper?


Ariel Cross    Posted 08-25-2005 at 11:31:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That totally sucks!! It's time for a protest. Taking somebody's land is wrong for anyone, even if it's the government. To me, it's stealing legally.


B. Larkins    Posted 10-11-2003 at 18:58:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was reading an article in a Indiana news paper about imminent domain,There was a statement that read that property being condemn had to be put up for public sale and what ever it sold for was what the government had to pay for it?? Does anyone have the complete law on Imminent domain.


Ayn    Posted 08-29-2003 at 12:50:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can you recommend your lawyer. I know it was years
ago. But today a developer announced that they are
going to flood our family homestead in Kansas for a
dam. We want to make sure we handle this so that we
are not screwed. What do we do now?


screaminghollow    Posted 05-04-2002 at 16:58:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I realize the government needs land for various public purposes and it takes somebody's home/farm/woodland to do this. However, the local governments around here will condemn, take by eminent domain, land which it intends to turn around and sell to another private individual or corporation. Five acres in York PA were being used by one business that didn't want to sell. The city decided it would rather have another business there and took the land from the original owners and then sold it at a profit to another business. They do the same for baseball stadiums etc. Just a bunch a commies.


Les...Not to be picky but....    Posted 05-04-2002 at 13:44:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think the word you want there is eminent, not imminent, which means it's about to happen any moment.
BTW, eminent domain is not necessarily the last word. The town took 10 acres from us for a water supply back in the '70s. They offered dad what he thought was a ridiculous figure of $10K, seeing as how they found a million-gallon-a-day supply of excellent water. Eventually they went to $15K and said that was their final offer. Dad refused. It went to the Eminent Domain Commission who said it was worth $40K. Dad refused that and it went to Superior Court where he was awarded $150K plus interest for all the years that had passed which brought it to almost $180K. Our lawyers were paid well and they were worth it.
You do have to give up your land but you don't have to take what the Eminent Domain Commission gives you if you think it's worth more and can prove it to a jury.


Betty    Posted 12-04-2003 at 11:03:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Actually the correct word is Imminent when referring to Imminent Domain. Imminent means on the point of happening or close although not touching. The latter refers to the lands that will eventually touch once the domain is taken over.

With respect to the offer that government makes when attempting to acquire land, the writer is correct. Land owners are not obligated to accept the offer made. However, they would be wise to retain the service of an attorney to face that uphill battle. In rejecting an offer there are a number of risks the landowner takes that an attorney can safegaurd for.

If you haven't figured it out, I am an attorney that handles imminent domain cases. Feel free to contact me if you are facing this issue.


James Carpenter    Posted 02-23-2004 at 15:09:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In our city a private person not involved with any government action in any way is being allowed to use imminent domain to aquire properties for a private development. These properties are within a blighted and substandard area which according to local rules (explained to those of us living in this particular neighborhood) that "new construction" was not allowed but the improvement of existing structures could have "TIF" funds used. The developer has managed to use imminent domain with the permission of the local government body to obtain homes against the wishes of the owners and he is also being allowed the use of "TIF" fund for new construction. It was also explained to us that the use of imminent domain and it's intent was to aquire grounds that were or could be developed for public use only and not for private development. Is there any information that can be used to stop this missuse of a regulation for means other than it's true intended use? Is there any thing in this that would involve personal property rights or constitutional infringement?


Redneck    Posted 05-05-2002 at 05:15:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's still cummies in them there woods.None of us own any land,we are just paying taxes on it till the government decides what they want to do with it.


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