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Understanding Just Compensation: Maximizing Your Land Value

The federal or state government has certain rights under eminent domain laws to take private property for public use. To do so, the governmental entity or public agency must provide the property owner with “just compensation.” This protection is granted in the U.S. Constitution and is a critical aspect of eminent domain and condemnation cases. If you’re a landowner who has been approached by the government for your land, it’s vital to understand how just com… Read More
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Land Condemnation in North Carolina: Five Frequently Asked Questions

If the government is seeking to acquire your land for public use, you may have many questions about eminent domain and the land condemnation law process. Eminent domain was established under the “Takings Clause” of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and allows the government to seize private land for a public benefit. Although you cannot stop the government from taking your land, it’s essential to understand that you still have rights. Here are five… Read More
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Murray Law Obtains $1.47MM Settlement for Taking of Easements on U-Haul property.

“Hold Out, Hire Us” It took the City four years, multiple appraisal reports, and a court-ordered mediation to pay fair and just compensation, but the result was well worth the wait. Murray Law obtained $1,470,000.00 for U-Haul, in a taking by the City of Charlotte. This settlement was more than a million dollars over the City’s original offer. Read More
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7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Eminent Domain Attorney

Whether the government is seeking your property for a utility project, to build a road or sidewalk, or to construct a municipal building, eminent domain matters can cause a significant disturbance in your life. Even though the government can exercise its right to take your land, you have rights — and are entitled to just compensation. Critically, eminent domain is an extremely complex area of the law and it’s important that you don’t attempt to navigate the pr… Read More
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What Constitutes “Public Use” of a Property?

In North Carolina, the government has the power to seize your property under eminent domain, regardless of whether you wish to sell it — provided that you are justly compensated. However, it’s crucial to be aware that pursuant to the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, one of the requirements of eminent domain is that the property can only be taken for “public use.” This clause extends to state governments through the 14th Amendment. What Does “Publi… Read More
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What You Need to Know about Zoning Laws in North Carolina

If you’re a business owner or property developer in North Carolina, it’s critical to be aware of local municipal zoning laws. These regulations can significantly impact how the property can be used — and the type of business activity that can be conducted on it. While there are a variety of zoning regulations, it’s vital to be aware of the potential restrictions you may face before you sign a lease or enter into a transaction. Zoning Laws Dictate What You’… Read More
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What Do Eminent Domain and Condemnation Mean for North Carolina Landowners?

Eminent domain is a long-established power by the government that can result in you being forced to sell your land. For instance, if you purchased a property on a piece of land that the government wants to use for a highway, park, or other public purpose, it may seize your land. While the government may have the right to take your land for public use, it cannot do so without providing you with “just compensation.” It is crucial for property owners to understand… Read More
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David Murray Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®

For the 3rd consecutive year, David has been listed in Best Lawyers in America as one of the top lawyers in America for eminent domain and land condemnation as well as zoning & land use. Read More
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Murray Law Obtains $1.1 Million Settlement for Partial Taking by NCDOT

In NCDOT v. SNS Group, the NCDOT took 0.079 acres of land at a convenience store gas station, which included total denial of access. NCDOT’s filed the lawsuit in 2017 and initial deposit was $592,000. In May 2022, Murray Law obtained a settlement of $1.1 million shortly before trial. Read More
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Murray Law Obtains Rezoning for Adaptive Reuse Development Station West

Following months of plan review and negotiation led by Murray Law, Charlotte City Council voted on May 23, 2022, to approve the Station West adaptive reuse development Station West in the FreeMoreWest neighborhood. Read More
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