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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: We need help knowing if we own mineral rights to property that we inherited recently. We are in the process of selling

I found the online paperwork for when my mom bought the property. There is language on there talking about the mineral rights but it is a bit confusing. I need help understanding what that says. I think that will help us know if we own the rights or not, but I know it can be tricky. Is there a way... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Dec 19, 2021

You cannot tell if you own any mineral rights without checking the entire title chain. However, the reservation in the deed may let you know that you do not own any mineral rights. For instance, if the deed says "All mineral rights are reserved to the grantor."

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Relatives did a memorandum of trust on a property after death the property was not in the trust or accounted for

What does that mean

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Nov 29, 2021

If the memorandum of trust was done after the death and the property was never transferred to the trust, the memorandum would not be effective. If the property was not transferred into the trust before death, an estate proceeding will have to be instituted to transfer good title to the property.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Should my sister and I inherit my late father's portion of our grandparent's estate?

My father passed away in 2012, His parents outlived him. He has 3 siblings. My father has 2 daughters. My father was married. My grandparents both have passed in2018. I just have learned that my aunt and Uncle replaced my father(after he passed)in the family Trust with my stepmom, leaving me and my... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Nov 11, 2021

You should contact an estate attorney to review the probate proceedings and the Trust documents. The resolution of this issue depends on the specific terms of the Trust and what actually happened in the probate case. Do not delay in contacting an attorney for specific advice. Many attorneys will... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: I have a real estate purchase agreement where the owner died before posession of property transfered

The probate was placed in probate and ordered to be sold and hasnt zold and its been 2-1/2yrs since court order

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Nov 7, 2021

You should contact the attorney who is handling the probate. If you don't feel like you are getting anywhere, you should consult with your own attorney to resolve the matter with the estate.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Yes I financed a price of land in Clayton ok. Since then someone has dozed about a 30 foot wide road way inside my pins?

But my issue is that it’s no a true easement shared by other lots. It’s all on mine. Can I fence it off legally. I don’t mind a equally shared easement just not all on mine.

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 29, 2021

It depends on what type of easements exist. If you got a title policy , it should have a list of easements. Otherwise you need to have the title reviewed to determine what rights you and others have. Contact a real estate attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Missouri on
Q: Starting a renewable energy company

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James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 26, 2021

Great. Let me know if you have any questions.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What are my options? My boyfriend died very suddenly and without a will. We have lived together for a year.

So he died very suddenly and without a will. We are both on the lease. A lot of stuff he gave me when he moved in. The problem he is his ex wife wants to just come in my home and take what she deems his for his kids. What are my options??

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 25, 2021

Unless he had a will or unless you have the basis for a common-law marriage, you have no right to his property. For property that you claim was given to you, you have a proof issue. Unless provided for in the divorce decree or other document an ex-spouse has no rights to his property. If the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I'm being offered some vacant land for sale. However the current deed has two grantee names, preceded by and/or. Only

one of the grantees is offering the property for sale. Can they legally sell it to me? I don't know if that "or" is valid on a deed.

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 22, 2021

The person can sell you his/her 1/2 interest. You would own it with the other party. There is no definitive answer for a "and/or" designation in Oklahoma insofar as it concerns real property. If you want all of the property you must get both of the grantees to sign the deed. If either... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I have a quit claim deed that needs to be reviewed. I want to know how much of the land is given to each party?

Does Betty Rainwater retain any of the land?

Does Susan Rainwater get one half of the land?

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 21, 2021

Generally, a quitclaim deed conveys all of the interest of the grantor at the time of the conveyance. However, it all depends upon the actual terms of the deed. You will have to have the deed reviewed by an attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What is the para for legal easement (33 FT) in western Oklahoma Please
James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 14, 2021

If you are asking what is the legal authority for the section line right of ways in western Oklahoma the answer is:

The Oklahoma Organic Act of 1890 established that there is reserved for public highway 4 rods wide between each section of land. 4 rods is 66 feet. The right of way is 33...
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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Environmental for Michigan on
Q: Hello -who can I contact about oil well noise-Onondaga,mi

constant banging day and night--is maddening worse in the evening

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 5, 2021

You should contact the oil and gas company who is operating of the well.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Heir of deceased parent, no will, in OK ask to oversee estate and say that there is no other heir? When there is

How can an heir legally petition court for admin of estate and in that legally bound petition say they are only heir to the estate knowing there is no will and there are 2 surviving children making them both heirs. To say they are the only heir is lying and the court also at the hearing for the... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 4, 2021

Yes you should go to court. You may want to get the assistance of an attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Sister petitioned ok court to be appointed administrator of estate saying there is no other living heirs! Is that legal

My father recently passed away and he had no will. The 2 surviving heirs would be me and my sister as he was not married and parents are deceased. She petitioned courts and left me out as a heir saying she was his only heir. Is this legal & what can I do? I just found out about this accidently... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 4, 2021

Ms. Hawkins answer is correct. You may also be entitled to be administrator. Given the actions of your sister, you should seek the advice of an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: Will OK county probate judges look at intent, or stick to the letter of the law?

My 82 year-old stepdad just passed, and though he and my mom (married 32 years) had a typed doc stating that in the event of either’s death, everything would go to the other, in the event of both of their deaths, everything would go to me, the document wouldn’t qualify as a will since there are... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Sep 21, 2021

I am sorry for your loss. Since the property is in your stepdad's name only, there will have to be probate of the estate. You should contact a probate attorney as soon as possible to discuss all of the facts so they can give your mother appropriate advice. Your mother may have homestead... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What happens, in Oklahoma, if a partner dies that is in a partnership LLC?

No contract ever written. No operating agreement

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Sep 15, 2021

The personal representative of a member who dies becomes an assignee of the member's interest. The member's assignee interest could be distributed in a probate proceeding to the heirs or devisees of the decedent. The holder of the assignee interest can become a member upon a vote of the... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: My dad left me 6 acres in his will but I cannot seem to find out the process to transfer it to my name.

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James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Sep 15, 2021

I am sorry for your loss. Wills are not effective until they are admitted to probate. The probating of a will determines that it is in fact the decedent's last valid will. In the absence of a valid will, the property is owned by all of the heirs at law. Whether there is a will or not, in... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: house has been unattended for 15 years. The yard is over grown and house is falling apart. Could I claim it as my own
James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Aug 16, 2021

Not enough information to answer . What is your relationship to the house? Who are the owners? Who is in possession of the house? Contact an attorney to discuss the details and determine a course of action.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: my mother and i invested in a home together. We are both on the deed. my brother just took over as her power of attorney

Can my brother sell the home?

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Aug 13, 2021

If the power of attorney is broad enough, he can do anything your mother could do. He is restricted by the terms of the power. Unless there is language or agreement that prevents it, your mother could sell her one-half interest in the house, just as you could sell your1/2 interest. He could not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Two unrelated people are listed on a deed for 3 city lots: John Doe and/or Sue Smith.. Do both have to sign quitclaim?

Property is unoccupied. Deed says lots 16, 17, 18. Trying to buy land from John Doe and he says he has to get Sue Smith to agree. I think Mr. Doe is in danger of losing his property if Ms. Smith wanted to take it from him since the deed is and/or. Please help.

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Aug 12, 2021

There is no clear answer on "and/or" in a real estate title in Oklahoma. To pass good title, both John Doe and Sue Smith, and their spouses, if any, would have to sign a deed.

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: What are the requirements for a simplified probate procedure in Oklahoma and how does it it work?

Grandfather died years ago and left a house to his children, but there's no will. My mom became executor and completed to probate process in California where he lived al so I'm looking into getting it started here. I just read there's a simplified process that we could do if either... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Aug 11, 2021

Generally, the easiest and quickest is to do what is called a summary proceeding. It takes about 60 days to complete assuming all of the heirs are cooperative in providing and returning information. There is a statutory list of who is entitled to be executor starting with spouse, then children and... Read more »

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