Q: My mom owned and leased mineral rights in OK. She recently passed away. What are our options?
The best course of action and your options largely depends on whether your mother had a will. Land and mineral rights are property that passes on as assets in a person's estate. These can be distributed via will or through what is known as intestate succession (i.e., to all heirs as defined by law and according to a set % of the estate depending on relation to the deceased.)
If there is a will, it needs to be admitted to probate through a petition in whatever county your mother lived at the time of her death. If there is no will, then a Petition for Letters of Administration must be filed along with appointing a Personal Representative of the estate. The existing income from the land can be handled by the administrator/personal representative of the Estate. The first thing to do is contact an attorney to handle this for you because there are quite a few documents that must be filed.
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