Civil Forfeiture

What is civil forfeiture?

Forfeiture is a complex area of the law in which the government contends that private property was acquired with the proceeds of a crime. Even if the current property owner is not accused of participating in the crime, the property can be seized and liquidated to compensate the government and the victims of the crime. If property has been seized, it is up to the property owner to prove that the property was acquired legitimately.

If you have received notice that property has been seized by the government, you will need the assistance of a skilled lawyer experienced in forfeiture laws. If you do not respond promptly to the notice of forfeiture, title to the property passes to the government.

It is critical to have an attorney versed in this area of the law on your side early in the proceedings. At Burt Langley PC, we understand the civil forfeiture process and will work hard to protect your rights. If your property has been seized by the government, we can help you understand exactly what needs to be done. If you know you are the subject of a seizure investigation, it is in your best interest to contact Katherine Langley as soon as possible.




April M. Burt is a transactional lawyer. Katherine Langley and Chad Anderson are trial lawyers. These Asheville-based attorneys focus their practice in the areas of business law, employment law, estate planning, and transactional law. They serve clients in the Western North Carolina communities located in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, and surrounding counties.


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