Eminent Domain Quick Reference Guide

What To Do

  • Ask for a copy of all appraisals the condemning authority performs on your land.
  • Keep all handouts or materials given to you by the condemning authority.
  • Continue to maintain your property in a normal manner.

What NOT To Do

  • Do not settle for the first offer.
  • Do not discuss any issue pertaining to the value of your property with anyone without first consulting an eminent domain attorney.
  • Do not attempt to value your property without the advice of a professional real estate appraiser familiar with condemnation.
  • Do not tell the condemning authority your personal opinion, or that of any expert you may know, concerning the value of your land or other property.
  • Do not provide the condemning authority with a copy of any private appraisals performed on your land.
  • Do not attempt to obtain building permits, variances, zone changes, subdivision approvals, curb cuts or any other improvement that would require governmental approval without first consulting an eminent domain lawyer.
  • Do not permit anyone to conduct any tests such as borings, explorations for hazardous waste, or test wells for a water supply unless your attorney secures a written agreement that ensures a copy of all test data and reports will be supplied to you.


View our record of winning eminent domain cases in Arkansas.


Find more information related to eminent domain law in Arkansas.

Let’s Work Together