I recently added a page with helpful links to public databases. These databases are North Carolina state and local Wake County sites — and a few others — that I regularly use in my land condemnation and real estate litigation practice areas. Instead of a simple list of hyperlinks, I have tried to comment on each database and to provide tips on using each one better. The public information contained in these databases can be very helpful in understanding the subject property in an eminent domain or land use case, which in turn, can help opposing parties better reach a settlement. In my experience, if folks do not know what they are arguing over, it’s pretty hard to settle a lawsuit.