Condemnation and Forfeiture

Condemnation is the legal procedure by which the government, pursuant to its eminent domain powers, proceeds to take real property (land and anything attached to it) from its owner in exchange for compensation. Property owners can hire a lawyer to fight for more compensation than what the government first offers. Nathaniel M. Smith offers free consultations for property owners whose real estate is the subject of compensation proceedings.

Forfeiture proceedings are proceedings by which the government proceeds to take property away from its owner, often in connection to circumstances where the property was used in the commission of a crime, such as a car used in transporting or selling drugs. Under certain circumstances, the property owner may be successful in opposing the forfeiture of the property.