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EasttexasEminent Domain and Condemnation is the process by which the city, county, state, or private utility or other statutorily granted entity, may come in and force you to sell all or part of your property to them under the guise of a public need. For the purposes of this article, the party claiming a public need will be called a “state actor”.

Although it is a fairly complicated process, the state actor will institute negotiations with the property owner in an attempt to purchase the property outright without actually entering into the “eminent domain” process.

Under Texas law, there are three elements required to show for eminent domain:  (1) The actor must be the state or a private entity authorized to condemn; (2) the property must be taken for public use; and (3) the landowner must receive adequate compensation for the condemned property.

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HuntCountySabineRiverHunt County is a mostly rural county. Everyone knows that Greenville is exploding in size, but what people do not know is that the rest of the county is getting ready to catch up. The people are great and the cities and towns bring back memories of what Texas was like growing up. But even Hunt County simply cannot escape the growth in nearby Dallas, Collin and Rockwall counties. Between 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, Hunt County’s year over year growth spiked from just over 1.2% to 2.48%. Similar growth has continued in the county in  2017 and early 2018 so far.

As a lawyer, what I see coming for Hunt county is increased traffic and traffic accidents and an uptick in civil litigation. Residential growth always leads to commercial growth. Both of those lead to civil litigation, such as real estate and breach of contract litigation. When most people think of hiring a lawyer, their first thought is “I need a Dallas lawyer!”

However, that is simply not the case. Hunt county has numerous attorneys who are capable handling any of your civil litigation needs. Guest and Gray, P.C. is a law firm based out of Kaufman and Rockwall counties that seeks to represent people in civil litigation matters all across East and Northeast Texas, including: Kaufman, Rockwall, Hunt, Anderson, Henderson, Hopkins, Lamar, Rains, Rusk, Smith, and Van Zandt county areas.

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GuestandGrayLogoGuest and Gray Law Firm is the highest rated local law firm for both Rockwall and Kaufman counties. Our main offices are located in Rockwall off of T.L. Townsend just passed the Rockwall County Court House and our Forney location is located in old downtown Forney off of Bois D’Arc St., in the old bank building. We strive to obtain outstanding results for our all of our cases. Our support staff is hardworking and knowledgeable strives to put you at ease during tenuous times.

Being involved in litigation is never a person or businesses goal. However, sometimes circumstances make it impossible to avoid a lawsuit without giving up substantial rights and, in most cases, money.

Guest and Gray, P.C. is one of the only full service law firms in the Kaufman and Rockwall county areas. When it comes to providing service to our clients, we have the attorneys to provide excellent legal counsel in just about any area of law. Our practice areas include:

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real-estate-imageSell real estate? Own a title company? Are you an Investor? Well here are two realities to long term real estate work: taxes and lawsuits. So, get to know the two kinds of people who deal with those issues. At Guest and Gray, P.C. we can help you with the lawsuits. We can also help you with document preparation. Document preparation is fundamentally important to a real estate deal. Why? Because good documents will keep you from getting sued, and if you do get sued, good documents will only serve to help you in the lawsuit.
Because of this, I always tell my long term real estate clients that attorneys are a cost of doing business. We just are. Real estate is one of the most highly litigious areas, especially in the hot real estate market in the Dallas, Rockwall and Kaufman county areas (especially Forney, Terrell and Rockwall areas where much of the growth is the housing boom and/or economic boom).
Here are some of the main reasons to use a real estate attorney when you are doing any sort of large real estate deal, residential or commercial:
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GuestandGrayLogoGuest and Gray Law Firm Provides All Sorts of Legal Services Related to Real Estate Law Issues:

Consultations for residential and commercial real estate issues including review/comment on TREC and TAR earnest money contracts, title commitments, and closing documents. Asset protection review (APR) is also available. Charges apply for consultations and APRs.

Real estate document preparation for Texas residential and commercial transactions including earnest money contracts, warranty deeds, real estate lien notes, deeds of trust, affidavits, leases, lien releases, assignments, options, and affidavits of heirship.