Posts Tagged ‘eminent domain’

The Great Pancake House Summit Meeting

Oh lo, how many years have passed since one of the country’s leading property rights attorneys asked me to meet with him and his assistant to go over my deposition prior to giving it.  He was the lead property rights attorney for Florida’s oldest law firm.  He was located over 400 miles away, and wanted me to meet him at a pancake house at 5:00 AM.  My deposition was at 9:00 AM the same day.  The matter evolved around the governments taking of private property for public use – eminent domain – which may be found under Article 5 of the Bill of Rights.  The issue of eminent domain is, and was, so crucially important to our founding fathers that the same number of jurors required for capital murder is also required for eminent domain trials.  When you work in the field of eminent domain you are working in the literal heartbeat of our constitution.

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How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

Soon the much anticipated Guide for Plant Appraisal, 10th Edition, will be on a newsstand near you. This much anticipated memorial to self-importance will revolutionize our approaches to placing values on trees and landscapes. Most of these approaches will be beyond our areas of expertise, providing the final addition reads like the draft reviewed by many of us. As it relates to spreading the wealth and improving the economy, most approaches to value will necessitate an arborist hiring, or at least working with, a qualified real estate appraiser. Whether this is good or bad remains to be seen. Certainly one thing is certain: placing a value on any vegetation will be a challenge for most tree and landscape appraisers.

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