Eminent Domain

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    In the United States, property ownership is a constitutionally protected fundamental right, and the government is required to pay for your attorneys and legal costs. There is no risk in retaining our firm to protect your rights and maximize your recovery.

    The government uses attorneys and experts to take your property and minimize the amount paid as compensation, so you should have attorneys and experts on your side to protect your interests. To ensure you are treated fairly, Florida law requires the government to pay for your attorneys and experts in this process. If you retain our firm, there is absolutely no cost to you. You should retain legal counsel to defend your rights and maximize your recovery as soon as possible.

    The attorneys of Warner + Warner have over 40 years of experience protecting individuals’ rights against governments, municipalities, large corporations and insurance companies. We employ state of the art technology and utilize the services of exceptionally qualified experts in diverse fields in order to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients. We will analyze the taking with you, determine the full value of your loss and vigorously pursue just compensation for the taking of your property. Throughout the process we will closely communicate with you to ensure that all legal and non-legal issues are addressed.

    What is eminent domain and condemnation?

    Eminent Domain and Condemnation are terms used interchangeably to describe the power of the government or an authorized utility to take private property for a public use.

    What are my rights?

    You have the right to be represented by an attorney in your negotiations at no cost to you. Article X, Section 6 of the Florida Constitution provides that no private property shall be taken except for a public purpose and with full compensation paid to each owner. You have the right to full and just compensation for property taken from you, including severance damages, which are compensation for any negative impacts to the value of any remaining property after a portion is taken. The goal of eminent domain in Florida is for property owners to be made whole when their property is taken for public use. Representation by an eminent domain attorney will help ensure your rights are protected and that you receive full and fair compensation for the taking of your property.

    What will it cost me for WARNER + WARNER to be my lawyers?

    Under Florida law, the condemning authority is responsible for the payment of a property owner’s attorney fees. The court determines the amount of attorney fees and WARNER + WARNER will accept the court’s determination as full payment for representing you. You will not receive a bill and will not be responsible for paying WARNER + WARNER for its legal services. Additionally, you will not be responsible for payment of expert’s fees or costs incurred in making your claim.

    Why WARNER + WARNER?

    A property owner’s compensation should not be diminished as a result of the property owner having to pay attorneys’ fees, experts’ fees and costs, and our legal team will closely monitor the condemning authority’s activity and keep you fully informed of all activity concerning your property. WARNER + WARNER’s pre-condemnation planning strategies include:
    -Controlling communications initiated by the condemning authority, which may improperly use such communications.
    -Applying for and securing rezoning, plat approval and building permits if possible, because the condemning authority may contend that these types of development authorizations would not be obtainable for your property.
    -Proposing adequate language in any option or sales agreement to address the intent of the seller and buyer regarding treatment of condemnation proceeds.

    The Firm

    WARNER + WARNER is a Seminole County based eminent domain law firm serving clients throughout central Florida. Our lawyers have a combined experience of 40 years representing individuals against municipalities, large corporations and insurance companies. Our attorneys strive to give each client the personal attention they need and deserve. No matter the size of your claim, WARNER + WARNER is committed to exceeding your expectations, closely communicating with you, and providing results that encourage future referrals.


    Scot D. Warner

    Attorney Scot Warner is an owner of Warner + Warner with over 20 years of litigation experience. Scot is admitted to the Florida Bar, the California Bar, and the DC Bar. Scot holds a B.A. with honors from the University of Central Florida (1992) and a J.D. with honors from the University of Florida College of Law (1996). At UF, Scot received a book award in Environmental Law-Water, Wetlands, and Wildlife. He has served as president of the Seminole County Bar Association, and president of the Seminole County Inn of Court. Scot is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Scot’s passion is protecting the property rights of the people against the government and large corporations.


    Deborah Gallagher Warner

    Attorney Debbie Warner is an owner of Warner + Warner with over 19 years of litigation and trial experience. Debbie holds a B.A. from the University of Florida (1994), and a J.D. with honors from Florida State College of Law (1998). Debbie’s passion for the practice of law and leadership resulted in her serving as president of the Seminole County Bar Association, president of the Seminole County Inn of Court, Seminole County Legal Aid Society Board Member, Chair of the 18th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, and as a member of the 18th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee. In 2014, Debbie was awarded the Whigham-Gray Award for Professionalism by the Seminole County Bar Association.


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