Ashley Dean Powell's answer You may find attorneys advertising this particular expertise. Otherwise, you should look for real estate attorneys in your area. You could be proactive by finding the attorney now, or you can wait until you believe you have an offer/proposal from the solar company to then take with you to an attorney for review and advice. By getting an attorney involved early, you may be able to prevent yourself from tentatively committing to what you think is just the "business deal" or the letter of intent...
Jim Ed "Jed" Franklin's answer There is a lot to this question. The first is whether the lot owners were given the minerals to begin with. If so, then the question is whether this covenant applies to each lot. It probably does. Then, what does this covenant mean. This covenant allows the HOA to execute leases for each lot owner. This is probably to control development in the subdivision. What isn't clear is who gets the bonus for signing the lease and who gets the royalties. It would appear that the lot owners get...
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer Yes, you can. However, a lease or sale of mineral rights will also condition a right to access the above-ground property so the extraction can occur (i.e. the mining trucks will require some means to enter the property to extract the resources). Also, the nature of what is reasonably marketable is partially contingent on the size and scope of the land. Contact a real estate attorney who is familiar with resource extraction for details.
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer At this point the best approach is to contact a probate attorney to discuss your case and potential claims against the trustee. As an aside, it is beyond strange that the estate has not been probated for such a long time (unless complex litigation with appeal occurred with the estate). Make sure to contact an attorney in the state and county where the person died.
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