Can a city take part of you land if you don’t donate it to them for their use?

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Can a city take part of you land if you don’t donate it to them for their use?

We own a business on a very busy corner at center of town and the Big Rig Trucks have broken all the light poles by running over them because they say the intersection is too small. The Business 20 and Hwy 285 I thought belonged to the state. Time back the highway department told us we could not park on the side of our business because it was state property. Now the city wants to expand the intersection at the property owners expense. I have had a stoke and can no longer work, I am paralized on one side and have speech imparament.I can not afford to give away my childrens future business.
Can they take this section from me without my permission?

Asked on October 17, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Any governmental entity can potentially take land under the concept of 'emminent domain.'  However, they have to provide you appropriate compensation for the 'taking.'  They do not get to simply take it and leave you empty handed.  They will not and are not required to pay you top dollar, but they must still provide you adequate compensation.  You really need to hire an attorney who has experience working with governmental entities to assist you.  They can help you negotiate the best possible deal for your future and for your children.


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