What Is Eminent Domain?

Eminent Domain is the Fifth Amendment right for the government to "take" private property for public use.  The property "taken" must be used for a public purpose and the owners are normally compensated by the government for the fair value of their land.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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