North Carolina Real Estate Litigation Blog

How we Help our Clients win Real Estate Disputes in NC

de Ondarza Simmons, PLLC handles variety of real estate disputes, including eminent domain, adverse possession, border disputes, and judicial partition or judicial sale in NC. From time to time, we post here about cases, statutes, and rules that we think are important and that help us represent our clients in Raleigh and throughout North Carolina.

North Carolina Adverse Possession Blog and North Carolina Eminent Domain Blog

In addition to our general North Carolina Real Estate Blog, we also publish the following specific blogs as a service to our clients and our potential clients:

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Eminent Domain in North Carolina

One of our focus practice areas is eminent domain in North Carolina. Not long ago, in an NCDOT eminent domain case in Monroe, North Carolina in Union County, we were able to get our client almost twice as much as the NCDOT’s deposit.

No one is happy when the NCDOT is taking your land, but Mary was very happy with the actual just compensation we were able to get for her. Afterward, she wanted to share the following recommendation for other property owners might be facing the NCDOT taking their land in Union County or elsewhere in North Carolina:

Eminent domain attorneys in NCNCDOT was taking part of my land to build a very large bridge over the road in front of my home in Union County.
Some people told me I shouldn’t bother hiring a lawyer, but I am glad I hired Inez.

She came to meet with me and to see my property. She found the best appraiser for my case and came back to see me with him. She met the appraiser at my house and showed him all around my property, what the NCDOT was taking, and the enormous bridge project that was eating up part of my land.

During her visits, Inez took lots of photos and videos, and I gave her others that I had taken also. She sorted through them all and used the best ones to make a presentation at our mediation with the DOT’s lawyer and negotiator. Inez’s presentation was outstanding and really brought home the damage this project was doing to my property.

Inez worked very hard on my case and stayed in contact with me by telephone and email. We settled my case at mediation, and I was very happy with the result.

If the NCDOT is taking your land, I recommend you hire Inez to represent you.

— Mary N.
 Monroe, North Carolina

Of course, this is not the only feedback we have received, and each case is unique and must be evaluated on its individual merits.  So, prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Our Guarantee to Our Clients

We cannot guarantee a particular outcome for your matter.  We only guarantee you will receive our very best efforts in working hard to aggressively represent you and your business and real estate interests.

Are facing an eminent domain case now?

You may be facing an eminent domain case by the NCDOT, a municipality like Charlotte or Holly Springs, or another condemning authority, like a school board, Progress Energy, or even an airport or transit authority. That is never fun, especially if you are new to the unusual eminent domain process and laws here in North Carolina. But we would be happy to discuss your case with you and let you know we can help you get the best possible result.

Personal Attention & Written Preliminary Case Analysis

Ms. de Ondarza Simmons will personally sit down with you, or if it is more convenient for you, we will set up a Skype or telephone conference call. Afterward, we will provide you with a written preliminary case analysis that sets out our fee and an estimate of the costs and fees for your case. That way, you will have a clear, written plan for the path forward for your case.

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Raleigh Trial Lawyer Recommends de Ondarza Simmons

January 12, 2013

Not long ago, after they worked on a case together, Attorney John McWilliam recommended Inez de Ondarza Simmons for business litigation and real estate litigation disputes. Recently, I tried a serious, difficult case to a jury here in North Carolina. In that complicated Superior Court case, I worked closely with Inez, who represented the same […]

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New Wake County Local Rules for Eminent Domain Cases

December 18, 2012

Rules of the Road and Getting to Just Compensation In addition to the statutes in North Carolina, cases, and the general Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Rules for each judicial district can play a critical role in eminent domain cases in North Carolina. That is true regardless of whether it is the NCDOT, a […]

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Wake County Clerk of Court and Wake County Register of Deeds update Wake County Real Estate Attorneys

November 16, 2011
real estate dispute eminent domain adverse possession judicial partition judicial sale, boundary dispute, commercial breach of lease in North Carolina

This week, Wake County Clerk of Court Lorrin Freeman and Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick both gave presentations at the same meeting of the Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association. They each gave a short talk about their respective offices and recent changes in North Carolina real estate law, complete with very helpful handouts. […]

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Adverse Possession and Eminent Domain – What’s the difference?

October 27, 2011
Difference between Adverse Possession and Eminent Domain

Recently, Google has referred several people to our website who have entered the following search phrase, “What is the difference between adverse possession and eminent domain?” de Ondarza Simmons, PLLC helps clients with both. So, we wrote this brief post to help explain the differences. As outlined below, adverse possession and eminent domain are completely separate […]

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Aggressive Attorneys and the Rules of Discovery

September 26, 2011

Aggressive does not mean Obnoxious Everyone wants an aggressive attorney. But a lot of folks who are not lawyers think that means having a lawyer who is rude to the other side or the other lawyer. They think aggressive means obnoxious. This is nonsense. An aggressive attorney is one who advances her clients interests by […]

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Correctly Naming Necessary Parties in Real Estate Disputes

September 14, 2011
Naming husband AND wife as owners of subject property and, therefore, necessary parties in real estate disputes.

In a previous posts we have talked about the importance of correctly naming the right business entity parties in lawsuits. (See Correctly Naming Business Entity Defendants in Business Litigation Complaints & You Cannot Wait until Supplemental Proceedings to Pierce Corporate Veil.)  In this post, we look at a recent case that highlights the importance of […]

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New Statute Makes Attorneys’ Fees Provisions in Business Contracts Enforceable

August 2, 2011
Elements of new statute that allows attorneys' fees in business disputes

In North Carolina, the general rule is that a prevailing party cannot recover attorney’s fees unless there is a statute that says otherwise. Many people do not realize that this has been the rule even for breach of contract claims in which the contract itself called for the award of attorney’s fees. As the North […]

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The Elements of Adverse Possession in North Carolina

July 13, 2011
adverse possession in North Carolina

A person (including a business entity) can acquire title to property not just through a deed or under a will, but also through adverse possession. Adverse possession means possessing another’s property under certain conditions for a certain period of time. As a result, two things happen. The title of the original owner of record is […]

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