Massive US 74 Shelby Bypass Project Leaves Property Owners With Questions, Concerns of Lost Value

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The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm will host a meeting for property owners on Thursday, May 24th, to explain property owners’ rights and a possible “second check”

“Homeowners receive a very official offer and think that is the ‘law’ for what they are able to receive. If an offer has been made, there may be a more complete and satisfactory offer to be gained through reappraisal and negotiations,” said Attorney Jason Campbell.

The next sections of the widening of the US 74 Shelby Bypass, a nearly $300 million road project affecting hundreds of properties, is moving forward after years of controversy.

However, the offers some property owners receive from state officials may amount to far less than what their property is worth, according to former NCDOT attorneys at the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm. They suggest that rather than accepting these offers, owners may want to exercise often-misunderstood rights, including the ability to negotiate for a “second check.”

A seminar on Thursday evening, May 24th, at 7 P.M. at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Shelby will explore property owners’ rights at no cost to participants (more below).

Shelby property and business owners in the path of the US 74 Bypass widening will soon receive purchase offers from state officials. According to attorney Jason Campbell, with the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm and former NCDOT attorney, property owners should be careful – a project with this size and scope can spare a few moments to ensure citizens get a fair shake.

“Homeowners receive a very official offer and think that is the ‘law’ for what they are able to receive,” Campbell said. “If an offer has been made, there may be a more complete and satisfactory offer to be gained through reappraisal and negotiations.”

“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.

“We hate it when we see property owners get less money than they should, simply because they didn’t know the full extent of their rights,” said Stan Abrams, also with the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm and a former NCDOT attorney.

The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm will host a free informational session on Thursday, May 24th at the Hampton Inn & Suites Shelby (2001-B East Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC, 28152) to answer property and business owners’ key questions. Those questions typically include:

For more information about the meetings, please call the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm at 1-877-393-4990.

About the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm
A division of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is dedicated solely to representing property owners throughout North Carolina, who may be impacted by eminent domain law. The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is led by attorneys Stan Abrams and Jason Campbell, both of whom previously worked as Assistant Attorneys General for the North Carolina Department of Justice in the Transportation Section, where they litigated condemnation cases for the NCDOT. They have over 30 years of combined experience working exclusively on eminent domain cases. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has the legal resources of 45 attorneys and is based in Durham, North Carolina, with 13 additional offices throughout the state to serve its clients.

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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