In this video, Attorney Philip Hundl describes Step 4 of his timeline of the Texas Land Condemnation Process. You can arrange a meeting with Philip by calling or texting 800-266-4870. We can arrange a meeting in person, online or by phone.
Summary of Step 4 of the Texas Land Condemnation Process Timeline
Hi, it’s Philip Hundl, and I’m here to talk to you about Step 4 of the Texas land condemnation process timeline. This step involves the filing of a petition for condemnation. It’s crucial to understand the timeline here, as the condemnor cannot file the petition right after sending the final offer letter. They must wait at least 14 days after sending the final offer packet.
Check the Petition for Condemnation Carefully
Once you receive the petition, whether through your lawyer or directly, you need to ensure it matches what you understand the taking to be from the initial offer letter and the final offer packet. Sometimes, the petition may vary from what the final offer letter and the appraisal say on the taking. If that’s the case, bring it up with your attorney so they can discuss it with the condemnor’s attorney.
It’s also important to pay attention to the proposed easement and the terms and conditions in the pleading, as they don’t always match. The proposed easement terms may be more favorable than what’s in the pleading, or the pleading may give more broad rights and authorities to the condemnor.
When you receive the petition, take the time to review it carefully. The petition is multi-pages long, so read it thoroughly. If you have an attorney, your attorney will most likely get a copy of the petition from the condemnor. In some cases, your attorney may work with the condemnor’s attorney to waive service, so you don’t get served with the petition. However, sometimes you may still get served, even if your lawyer says not to.
Get an Experienced Attorney to Help You Through the Condemnation Process
To summarize, Step 4 of the Texas land condemnation process involves the filing of a petition for condemnation. You need to ensure the petition matches what you understand the taking to be and pay attention to the proposed easement and the terms and conditions in the pleading.
Remember, you’re not alone in this process; you should work closely with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the condemnation process and protect your rights.
Thank you for tuning in, and I’ll be back soon to discuss Step 5 of the Texas land condemnation process.
- Introduction to the Texas Land Condemnation Process Timeline
- Step 1A of the Texas Land Condemnation Process Timeline
- Step 1B of the Texas Land Condemnation Process Timeline
- Step 2 of the Texas Land Condemnation Process Timeline
- Step 3 of the Texas Land Condemnation Process Timeline
- Texas Landowners Bill of Rights
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