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Eminent Domain Legal Services

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.

RICHARD D. BYBEE, ATTORNEY AT LAW
SUITE 100, BUILDING F, 1037 CHUCK DAWLEY BOULEVARD
MOUNT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA 29464
TELEPHONE: 843.881.1623 | FAX: 843.881.4406
EMAIL: INFO@BYBEELAWOFFICE.COM