eminent domain lawyer; real estate valuation lawyer

The Appraisal Institute has been advocating the use of alternatives to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (“USPAP”). USPAP is provided by the Appraisal Foundation and is described as “the generally accepted standards for professional appraisal practice in North America. USPAP contains standards for all types of appraisal services.” The Institute’s Florida government relations

The Texas Legislature has directed the Texas comptroller of public accounts to assemble an online database of entities claiming eminent domain powers in Texas. They recently opened the online reporting form for these entities and expect to have the completed database ready later this year. The database will include contact information for each entity, the

Donald Trump’s position on the use of eminent domain has once again be raised by his critics. One example they cite is that he used that power to expand his Atlantic City casino over 20 years. Trump had the New Jersey’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority take Vera Coking’s for his project. “Cities have the right

There have been a number of articles written recently regarding presidential candidate Donald Trump’s use of eminent domain to acquire properties.  For example, the Boston Globe published an article on 8/25 titled “Donald Trump is no champion of the little guy.” This article referenced Trump’s use of eminent domain to acquire property in Atlantic City. 

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has introduced legislation in the US House seeking to prevent state and local governments from using eminent domain for economic development. The “Private Property Rights Protection Act” would prevent a state or political subdivision of a state from obtaining federal economic funds for two fiscal years if it uses its eminent

The California legislature in considering legislation seeking to modernize its regulatory system. It has been passed by the State Assembly and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee and currently is pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee. If AB 624 would allow state-certified appraisers to use standards of valuation practice other than the Uniform

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 1007 which amends the TX appraiser licensing and certification law. The bill will take effect Jan. 1, 2016.

According to the Appraisal Institute, SB 1007 includes provisions related to three high-priority issues for the Appraisal Institute:

  1. The bill will allow the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification