The eminent domain process
can be complicated, and battling the state or federal
government can be daunting. The government will have a team
of attorneys and appraisers advocating its sovereign power
to take property at valuations it has estimated. Property
owners should have the same legal kind of team to prevent
condemnation abuse and to promote a fair estimate of just
compensation for any real property interest taken. The Law
Office of Richard D. Bybee ensures that landowners
understand the legal process, their rights under eminent
domain law and that they must assert those rights with
admissible evidence to obtain full value for their property.
With his experience, knowledge, and skill, Mr. Bybee has
been able to prevail over the government on behalf of
property and business owners to obtain maximum compensation
for the land taken and damages due to condemnation or
challenge and stop the taking action altogether.
South Carolina law allows a landowner to challenge a
condemnation by a governmental entity. The time limits for
filing such challenges are short and the circumstances under
which a successful challenge can be advanced are limited.
Landowners who want to challenge a condemnation action are
urged to immediately seek competent counsel when they
receive notice of a threat of condemnation.
Some landowners, tenants or business owners may have rights
to relocation assistance under state and federal law. Mr.
Bybee has successfully handled substantive relocation claims
including one of the largest relocation claims ever paid by
a South Carolina governmental entity.
In addition to direct condemnations, Mr. Bybee handles
inverse condemnations-where the landowner seeks compensation
for the impact a government taking or regulatory action has
had on a property, without the commencement of a formal
takings proceeding. If your property has its public road
access limited or denied by elevation changes, medians or
other road changes or it has been flooded or otherwise
physically invaded by an affirmative act of the government,
compensation may be awarded pursuant to the state and
federal constitutions. The rules governing takings and the
rights to compensation are constantly evolving and they are
complex. Mr. Bybee is actively involved in these cases and
has the expertise to protect and advance the client's rights
in these circumstances.