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“Getting a second opinion on important decisions is the American way and our 'second check' system provides an opportunity for that second opinion,” said Kevin Mahoney, an attorney at NC Eminent Domain Law Firm, and a former NCDOT Attorney General.

The widening and upgrades of NC 279 in Gaston County will bring traffic nearer to the doorsteps of more than 85 homes and businesses.

The project is launching in the middle of some internal strife within the NCDOT as budgetary impasses at the North Carolina General Assembly force the NCDOT to slow its payments to homeowners, stall its projects, and leave property owners in an extended limbo.

However, even when the NCDOT is operating as normal, the offers some property owners receive from state officials may amount to far less than what their property is worth. Nor would these offers make up entirely for the potential danger they may face from the increase in traffic, or the frustration when faced with trying to sell their property with a greatly diminished market value, according to former NCDOT attorneys at the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm.

With so much uncertainty at the department, homeowners may expect additional and unprecedented runarounds from their negotiators.

“Property owners receive a very official offer and often think that is the ‘law’ for what they are able to receive,” said Jason Campbell, an attorney at the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm. “If an offer has been made, there may be a more complete and satisfactory offer to be gained through reappraisal and negotiations especially considering the budgetary pressure DOT negotiators may be under currently.”

Home and property owners are welcome to attend a no-obligation seminar and ask their questions on October 24, 2019, from 7–9 p.m., at the Gaston County Museum (131 West Main Street, Dallas, NC 28034).

“Second Check”
By North Carolina law, property owners whose land or businesses are targeted for acquisition ultimately receive an offer from the state. If the owner chooses not to accept the offer and takes no further steps, the state will still acquire the land and deposit the amount of the original offer with the County Clerk for the owner.

This is where the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm’s “second check” approach comes in. In most cases, the property owner is then free to pursue a potentially better, fairer arrangement — without losing the first offer.

If continued negotiations do not change the offer, the owner still has the first offer. But if continued negotiations are successful, the property owner will receive a “second” check in addition to the first offer.

“Knowing what is legally compensable, and having read hundreds of appraisals, there are certain things that quickly jump off the page to an experienced reader," said Kevin Mahoney, an attorney at NC Eminent Domain Law Firm and a former NCDOT Attorney General. “Getting a second opinion on important decisions is the American way and our 'second check' system provides an opportunity for that second opinion.”

The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is available to talk with property and business owners, and to try to answer questions about the unique circumstances regarding their individual properties. Those questions typically include:

Property owners who have questions about this project and how it will affect them are encouraged to:

  • Call the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm at 1-877-393-4990
  • Attend the free seminar on Thursday October 24, 2019 from 7–9 p.m. at the Gaston County Museum (131 West Main Street, Dallas, NC 28034).

About the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm
The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is dedicated solely to representing property owners impacted by eminent domain law. It is led by three former Attorneys General who worked for the NC Department of Transportation handling some of their largest and most important cases. The firm’s attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience working exclusively in land condemnation. The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is a division of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, which has nearly 50 attorneys, based in Durham, North Carolina, with 14 additional offices statewide: Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Wilson, and Winton-Salem.

Contact Information:
Stan Abrams
1-877-393-4990
NC Eminent Domain Law Firm
1001 Morehead Square Drive
Suite 350
Charlotte, NC 28203

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