Condemnation is based on the principal of compensating people whose property is acquired through eminent domain for the benefit of the public.  However, a municipality or county will only want to pay the minimum.  Yet the statutes call for “just compensation” that encompasses a payment for the property that is based on a “fair market value” .

In addition to this amount a homeowner may be entitled to an additional amount for “heritage value” which is defined as 50% of the fair market value of the property that has been owned within the same family for 50 years or more.    The Missouri Supreme Court in St. Louis County, Missouri v. River Bend Estates Homeowners’ Association, Case No 92470 (2013), upheld the heritage value to property owners in an eminent domain case.  The County thought $160,000.00 was sufficient but the court decided on $650,000.00 in heritage value.

At the firm we offer extensive experience and proven results in condemnation proceedings, including representation of the condemning authority, property owners, and lien holders.