Q: Owner of small business oneida Tennessee, i was served condemnation summons, for our entire parking lot , of business,
June 10 2022, from TDOT , employees an customers will have no where to park, the attorney i have now, went on vacation same day. How many days , do i have to reply, so the court, sees it as failure to reply, an give possession to TDOT, of my entire parking lot. Please advise , urgent matter i read tca#29-17-903
A: Your Summons should tell you that your Answer is due within 30 days of Service. Hire a competent attorney. Fair Compensation can be asked for, and a suit might bring in more money. But the Government has Eminent Domain powers. You should ask for enough money to build another parking lot.
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