A taking occurs when private property is substantially interfered with by a government agency or when a government regulation or action passes, substantially interfering with the use and enjoyment of property. When a taking occurs, you have the right to receive just compensation. Just compensation requires that the government pay the landowner for the value of the use of the land for the period during which the taking is effective. The amount of compensation offered by the government is oftentimes not the amount the client is entitled to. Litigation allows the client to be compensated sometimes over 10 times the amount offered for the value of the use of the land for the period during which the taking is effective.