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0 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: My apartments is back charging me for last year utilities. They been inconsistent in the bills. Can i do something?

My current lease with then started january of this year before my last wad from febuary till january. I went through my last utilitie bills and the next billing cycle has a very similar charge from the last. I didnt recive actuall utilitie break down in the past only now i got one. Thats where i... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: Can I sue my solar company for misleading sales tactics in Texas?

In November 2021 I had two salesmen from a solar company come to home to sell me solar. Their main selling point was that I will receive an $8000 refundable solar tax credit that I can apply toward my loan to keep my payments from increasing after 18 months. When I filed my taxes I was told by my... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: I have mineral rights and I found out a company has been drilling on those right for years and I have never been paid

I have contacted the company that is drilling and they say there is royalties that have accrued but they haven't paid them. This is not the company that the lease was signed with also I have contacted the company that is drilling and they say there is royalties that have accrued but they... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Mar 18, 2022

Leases can be bought and sold many times before and after there is production so it is not uncommon for the operator of the well not to be the original lessee. Royalties are suspended because the operator can not mineral owner the owner or there is an issue with the title of the property that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Collections and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: How do I get out of a bad solar contract?

We got ripped off by a solar company in 2020, when we were busy working 16+ hour days while taking care of kids at home. The salesperson said that the panels would cover 100% of our electric needs but it only covers 75% at best and the payments are as much as the electric costs without solar. The... Read more »

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Dec 21, 2021

unfortunately, you can't simply "remove" a UCC financing statement. It has to be done either by court order after a lawsuit or by agreement of the parties. What your rights are regarding these representations depends in large part on what your contract with the solar panel company... Read more »

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 »

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Dec 18, 2021

Whether or not you own the mineral rights depends not just on the language of your mother's deed, but by the history of the mineral ownership as shown in the county deed records. The only way to determine if your mother received mineral rights when she bought the property is to have a mineral... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: If you have fractional interest in mineral rights, can you prevent someone from drilling on the surface of the land?

I know if you have the full "twig" that is ingress and egress, you can prevent any drillers from coming on your land...

But what if you have fractional, undivided interest (1/8th or 1/5th or 1/6th)?

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

Generally, all cotenants have the right of access to the jointly owned property. If you own surface and a partial mineral interest, the other mineral interest owners are your cotenants and they have right of access also. The best solution for a surface owner with partial mineral interest is to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: What mineral rights /circumstances do I need to hold to prevent someone from drilling on my land, practically speaking?

I know if you have the full "twig" that is ingress and egress, you can prevent any drillers from coming on your land...

But what if you have fractional, undivided interest (1/8th or 1/5th or 1/6th)?

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Jul 13, 2021

Generally speaking, in Texas each undivided mineral owner has the right to have their share of the minerals produced, even in the absence of consent from other undivided owners. In some cases, the Texas Railroad Commission requires a certain percentage of the mineral owners to be leased. In... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Energy, Oil and Gas and Probate for Texas on
Q: My niece was in my grandma's will 30 yrs ago to receive oil lease. It was not probated. Is the will valid? Can contested

This is in Texas. She has been receiving royalties. But can it be contested by heirs since it was not probated within 4 years?

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Jul 5, 2021

First, be aware that your niece may also be an heir of your grandmother even if the will was not probated. The oil company may have accepted a certified copy of the grandmother's will filed in the deed records or an affidavit of heirship as evidence of your niece's entitlement to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Environmental for Texas on
Q: What is the charge for stealing water and tampering with water pipes at your home in Texas?

For 5 months, after tampering with the pipes what would the charge be? (A felony? Misdemeanor?) and how much fine or jail time in Texas?

Also the total amount was less than $600 of water stolen and it was fully paid for before the court date? And the person has no previous jail time or... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 25, 2021

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. In most jurisdictions, what you describe sounds like things that fall under the general heading of theft of services. Your friend should reach to a criminal defense attorney in the applicable county to discuss more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can I sue my solar company for misleading sales tactics in Texas?

About 3 months ago, I was provided a presentation on some solar panels. There were several key points in the presentation that convinced me that this was the company to go solar with. The first year of payments was on the company, which they came through on with a check. The biggest reason was why... Read more »

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Feb 27, 2021

The solar panel company may have violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices/Consumer Protection Act because of their representations to you. You may want to contact an attorney near you to review your claim in detail and contact the company on your behalf to negotiate an adjustment to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: Do I have mineral rights in okla Don t where to start that whole side has died but me and my sister

Uncle had no children there was no will just told we had it and no idea which county to start or whos last name and first name to use did know the nichols side

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

It can be difficult (and expensive) to find minerals if you have no idea which county they are in or how your uncle acquired the interest. If he acquired the minerals, you would start by looking under his name. If he inherited them you would also have to look under the names of the persons from... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: Is it legal that a company sell land without telling the buyer that an existing oil and gas lease exist
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 11, 2020

Certainly... It happens all the time. The buyer needs to do a title search prior to signing the contract, and certainly prior to paying over the price. If it is a warranty deed, check to see if the lease is listed on the face of the deed as an encumbrance.

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2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: How do I begin fighting a law suit over mineral rights for which I'm a long lost relative of the owner in TX?

Myself and several relatives who are the long lost heirs of mineral rights to some property in Texas. We are now being sued over that property. I have no idea how to begin going about dealing with this issue.

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Oct 26, 2020

It is essential that you retain an attorney to represent you. There are some things you can handle yourself, but litigation is definitely not one of them. Justia has a good search engine (Find A Lawyer) that will assist you in finding a civil litigation attorney in or near the county where this... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: My Father was contacted by East Texas land and Cattle out of Texas about a month ago regarding suspense account money..

Suspense account is for unclaimed oil money/mineral rights is in a deceased aunts name, dead since 1988. He said that my Dad and his siblings are heirs and he just sent my dad a consulting agreement that says Dad will pay this company 10% of the gross money recovered. There is a section called... Read more »

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Aug 7, 2020

You do not give the name of the company, but you are right to be wary of these come-ons. All the companies making these offers that I have run into are scams. You don't need to pay anyone to locate your aunt's mineral interests and get paid. First, go to the Texas Comptroller Website and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: Someone contacted my Father and his siblings saying that there is a suspense account in the name of a deceased aunt

He said it was regarding royalties to mineral rights on land his grandfather owned with his siblings. Its ringing as a scam to me but there has to be some measure of truth to it im assuming since he seemed to have alot of personal information. How can I verify if this is legitimate? Especially if... Read more »

Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera
Ana Maria Del Valle-Aguilera answered on Jul 16, 2020

You do not say for how long your aunt has been deceased. Even though it is probably a scam, you can search abandoned property records in Texas or any other state where she might have had any personal property. States have laws that require what they consider "abandoned" or... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Construction Law, Real Estate Law, Small Claims and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: I received a $1000 water bill for 2 weeks only at my vacant house

Hello, I received a $1000 water bill for 2 weeks only at my vacant house. I did not use any water because I locked the exterior water faucets and interior water shut off valves. When a city private contractor installed a smart point on the water meter, the software went wrong. Then the data... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 21, 2020

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. From your question, it sounds like you're under the impression this is a law firm, because you ask for representation. This is only a question and answer board. Before pouring money into exploring the possibility of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: The beginning of May 2020 Van Tx hired a contractor to do was work in our backyard and they had hit a oil pipeline.

and a salt water line and it got in my garden and they are not making that right with me. Than last Friday 05/29/2020 Crossfire pipeline contractor came out to spread dirty and my back yard and they damaged our hard top that goes to our 1994 jeep wragner and they said they are not at fault I have... Read more »

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Jun 8, 2020

One important thing is to document the damages with photos, which it sounds like you are doing. Next, get written estimates for repairs. Finally, send the city a certified letter with copies of the photos and repair estimates and request reimbursement. You should copy the city council person who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Energy, Oil and Gas and Probate for Texas on
Q: Who do I locate my grandma's trust docs? Ive talked to one company who confirmed there's a trust, but who do I speak to?

I located an asset being held in suspense, protected by a trust but I'm unsure of who I need to talk to or contact to get the actual documents. What dept handle/holds trust documents??

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Apr 21, 2020

The trustee holds the documents. The bank may not be the trustee.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: Im wanting to put a gas powered pedal assist on a bycicle to help me get around is it illegal even tho im still pedaling
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 13, 2020

There is no uniform nationwide policy on this. Your post remains open for a month and it's possible that people working in the department of motor vehicles, public safety, department of transportation, or law enforcement (traffic/highway) could be closer to this issue than most lawyers would... Read more »

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