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Eminent Domain For Landowners And Homeowners

As Americans, we respect the right to private property ownership free from excessive government intrusion.

At the same time, government entities may try to exercise their power of eminent domain in order to seize private property for public ends. While this is permissible in specific cases, it is important to know what your rights are as a property owner, and to have experienced legal help in the event that the government attempts to overstep its authority.

Our Firm Will Make Sure You Aren't Taken Advantage Of

Our real estate litigation attorneys, led by Joe Fagundes, regularly represent homeowners and other private property owners when the government seeks to acquire property for public uses. By having our firm represent you throughout the process, you can gain peace of mind that you will not be taken advantage of or unknowingly agree to a deal that is not in your best interests.

In the event that the government does not offer a fair amount for your property, we will be prepared to fight for your interests through the entire legal process. Our attorneys have represented clients in administrative proceedings and both trial and appellate court cases. With our firm, you will have an ally ready to work to uphold your rights until every available legal option has been exhausted.

The government may want you to believe that you don't have rights during eminent domain proceedings, but you do. With our help, you can rest assured that you are not being treated unfairly in the legal system.

Contact Our Firm For Experienced Legal Help

To speak with a lawyer about your case, email us now or call our Stockton offices at 209-870-7900.


  • I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with Joe Fagundes on District matters for the last several years. Joe always provides excellent advice and guidance on the matters he works on for the District, and has delivered consistently successful results. Joe is a very seasoned and well respected attorney, and I am glad he is part of our District’s legal team. I would recommend Joe’s services to others without hesitation.

    Phillip M. McMurray General Counsel, Merced Irrigation District
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    Mike Robinson Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • I couldn’t be more pleased with the excellent advice and guidance Joseph Fagundes was able to provide Financial Center as we sought out and purchased a property for our most recent branch. We always turn to him for assistance with all of our large real estate transactions and will continue to do so in the future. When it comes to such a large purchase, it’s important that we do right by our cooperative by having a top-rate professional help navigate us through the process, and Joseph is exactly that. He is a true partner and expert when it comes to real estate law.

    Michael P. Duffy President/CEO Financial Center Credit Union
  • Joe did a terrific job representing my family with not one but two eminent domain cases involving our ranch. His reputation regarding eminent domain is well known in San Joaquin County. It makes a difference when you walk into a conference room to negotiate, and they see Joe by your side. He shows patience educating his client about the condemnation process. We had two very successful outcomes. I also hear he is a fairly decent baseball coach.

    Mike B.

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