Full Compensation

The power of eminent domain is an inherent aspect of sovereignty vested in the government of Florida, which is circumscribed by, rather than conferred by, constitution or statute.

Article X, Section 6 of the Florida Constitution provides:

"No private property shall be taken except for a public purpose and with full compensation therefor paid to each owner or secured by deposit in the registry of the court and available to the owner."

What constitutes Full Compensation is up to the Supreme Court of Florida, which has determined:

‘Full compensation is guaranteed by the Constitution to those whose property is divested from them by eminent domain. The theory and purpose of that guaranty is that the owner shall be made whole so far as possible and practicable.’

‘We feel our constitutional provision for full compensation requires that the courts determine the value of the property by taking into account all facts and circumstances which bear a reasonable relationship to the loss occasioned the owner by virtue of the taking of his property under the right of eminent domain.’

Elements of full compensation include compensation for your property taken, compensation for damages to your remaining property, the payment of your attorney’s fees, expert fees, and costs, and in some cases the payment of your moving expenses.

In addition to full compensation, business owners can be eligible for business damages if certain criteria are met.

Our Goal is to maximize your recovery of both Full Compensation and Business Damages, and to protect you to the maximum extent possible through the entire eminent domain process.

Our practice is statewide, from Key West to Pensacola. Because a thorough understanding of your property is necessary to do our job, and we want to minimize any inconvenience to you, we will meet with you at your property.

WE DO NOT CHARGE YOU ANY MONEY AND OUR FEES WILL NOT REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF YOUR RECOVERY.   THE CONDEMNING AUTHORITIES ARE REQUIRED TO PAY OUR FEES AND COSTS OVER AND ABOVE THE COMPENSATION TO YOU.