Morgantown, WV asked in Real Estate Law for West Virginia

Q: Did my Title Search lawyer screw up?

I purchased some acreage in the Summer of 2023. I knew there was a right of way for a natural gas pipeline through the property, but to date, I've never seen a copy of that agreement. I don't know what my rights and responsibilities are regarding that pipeline - or if I should even be receiving payments because of it. There is no mention of it at all in my deed. Did the firm that did the title search screw up? Shouldn't I have something pertaining to the original agreement or what I can and cannot do as a result of that right of way? I knew it was there when I bought the land - that's fine. How do I find out what my responsibilities are or if I should be getting any payments from the gas company as a result?

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Anthony M. Avery
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A: Search your title and look for encumbrances such as the easement for the pipeline. It probably does not include lease payments and is perpetual. If the law firm represented you, which is doubtful, then make them disclose the title to you. However most likely you did not hire an attorney and will have to search the title yourself.

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