Contested expropriation cases occur far less frequently than was the case 10-15 years ago. For the expropriating authority, it is far too risky to proceed through the entire appeal process because an award under all headings of damages may exceed the value of the land.

Accordingly, it is important to retain Counsel at the earliest stage in the proceedings to resolve land value, and if necessary, business interruption/relocation and injurious affection cost issues.