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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Q: Division order analyst used older deed. Correct deed on file. Now we are 9 mo. after first production. Still no check.

Correct deed on file since 2006. Probate not the problem. No other oil companies have had this problem with having the right mineral deed to work from. Do they owe us the 12% penalty from date of first sale? How do we get them to pay? Do we have to go to court?

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on May 12, 2020

You need to find out from the company whether they have any title requirements that need to be fixed. If you believe that you have clear title send them a certified letter with an IRS W-9 along with your address. Companies are unlikely to pay 12% interest unless they are pressed. If there is an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Q: An Oklahoma oil company refuses to honor to pay lease bonuses to heirs after a will was probated

I have a probate decree and deeds as proof of ownership

Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on May 11, 2020

Dealing with oil companies can be frustrating.

It is difficult to answer your question with the limited facts. Was the property probated in Oklahoma? Who signed the leases? Have the leases been filed?

Many companies are bad about paying lease bonuses even when title is clear....
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2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Q: It has been 9 months since first production. How do I get the oil company, Red Wolf, to pay the 12% late fee?

Do they pay 12% for the nine months or only the 3 overdue months? They were trying to use an old title that was not current. I consider this their responsibility to have the correct title as it is easily available. Is this correct? This is for 6 new wells. I am still waiting on my first check.

Chaille Walraven
Chaille Walraven answered on May 11, 2020

In Oklahoma, operators are required to remit payment within six months from the date of the first sale of production. Failure to do so can trigger late interest payments pursuant to 52 Okla. Stat. § 570.10. You are correct that if you have marketable title, you are entitled to 12% interest on late... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Q: My deceased Father had a 1/3rd share in a mineral rights lease which was probated. The oil company won't honor lease

Who signs a lease when the owner is dead or can't be located? Does the oil company have to give the same lease to my Dads' heirs?

Matt Fleischer
Matt Fleischer answered on May 8, 2020

If the lease is still valid, either because it is in its primary term or has been extended into its secondary term due to production on it, then the lease is still good and the company (and your dad's heirs) must honor it. However, in such a situation, the oil company can escrow any royalties... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Libel & Slander for New York on
Q: Professional reputation damage control (Cease & desist letter? To who/what company? Better options?)

Terminated from contract role after weeks of increasingly hostile treatment from my supervisor (partner at the firm) & another project lead (new contract worker. Old friend of supervisor). I received entirely positive feedback for months until they botched a proposal and lost the client. The... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Apr 29, 2020

It's also a huge city which is actually very small. Professionals rarely have time to ruin other professionals' lives. They also don't want to give some law firm ammunition for a lawsuit. Remember, it's a one-party consent state to record others so I assume that I am being... 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 Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Federal Crimes for California on
Q: What happens if I don't pay for repairs on my condemned home in California I own home out right

The city came in and condemn the home due to tampering with PG&e and they said they were condemning the home due to insufficient lighting but yet they want $7,000 for the bill on PG&e that I don't have and I'm not going to pay what can happen to my home due to not paying

Jonathan Purcell
Jonathan Purcell answered on Apr 15, 2020

I suggest you do what is required to keep your home. One option would be a home equity loan to pay for the repairs and upgrade.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Florida on
Q: I went to a gas station and received gas that had tons of water in it. It caused over $1000 in damages. Can I sue?

I filed an incident report but nobody has gotten back to me. Nobody has responded to voicemails. The dealership took a sample of the gas and it is completely clear.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 28, 2020

You could, but it does not look like the type of case that an attorney would accept on a contingency basis. You could face issues in showing the chain of custody of the sample, proper protocols used in taking the sample, tests of the gas station's tanks, your own vehicle's maintenance and... Read more »

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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Q: MY brothers who were executor and co-executor of my mother will will not sign over my part of the mineral rights and

oil leases. it has gone through the courts and the judge has signed off on it. they have 4 years of money from one of the leases. I cant it them to answer my calls or sign anything over or even give me the name of the oil companys. do I need a lawyer ?

Chaille Walraven
Chaille Walraven answered on Mar 12, 2020

As a general rule, at the completion of a probate proceeding in Oklahoma the district court will enter an order that all assets remaining in the estate be distributed to the heirs-at-law if there is no will or to the legatees/devisees if there is a will. If there was a probate proceeding you should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Q: Inherited land and minerals in OK . Got a division order to sign. Would a new lease or agreement have to be signed?
Richard Winblad
Richard Winblad answered on Feb 3, 2020

Probably not. You are likely bound by your predecessor’s lease (or pooling order) for the well in question.

Also. You are entitled to royalties in Oklahoma even if a division order is not signed by you. Some companies try to get concessions with orders. But make sure they have your tax...
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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Suspect gas lines aren't setup properly. Overcharged on gas bills.

My gas Bill's tripled dec and Jan. $140 in dec and $193 jan. I live in an efficiency smaller than most hotel rooms. I paid less in 3 bedroom houses monthly in past even in winter. I keep bugging and disputing and landlords avoiding. Bill is due Friday. Can I call gas company out without his... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Feb 3, 2020

I assume that you live in a building which houses more than one tenant; that neither you nor any other tenant has its own gas meter; that you have lived at the building for a long time and that you have a written lease with a term longer than month-to-month; that you have read the lease carefully... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: Executor failed to include mineral rights in probate on Oklahoma county. I have copies showing he retained the mineral

Do I need to transfer to my name or us a copy of the land deed showing the retained mineral rights ok

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Jan 10, 2020

I am only licensed in Texas, but I suspect Oklahoma law may be similar to Texas law in this situation. If the executor of an estate has not included the mineral rights in a deed from the estate to the beneficiaries, and this violates the terms of the will, you need to seek legal assistance... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas on
Q: Good afternoon, I have an old Westinghouse induction regulator Type C, patent 7.29.15 3.28.16 how can I find info.?

I also have another Westinghouse equipment a single phase testing transformer patent 1275946 1317280, etc... Do I have to type those numbers to find its information?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 21, 2019

Your questions might have a better chance of being picked up by a patent attorney in the Patents (Intellectual Property) category. You could try reposting there. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Constitutional Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: How do you battle a electric utility company and what type lawyer do I need?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 12, 2019

It depends what you're battling them about. Oil spill from one of their fuel barges, you need an environmental lawyer. Right-of-way or easement with one of their power lines, you need a land use or real estate lawyer. Electric bill issue, you need a consumer or business lawyer. Depending on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: Is it legal for an oil company to take your entire revenue check (which is our sole income) with no warning?

Two years ago we, as royalty owners with Pioneer Natural Resources, sold a percent of our mineral interest in Upton County to OneMap Mineral Services LLC. All Division Orders were signed by all parties and money exchanged hands. But apparently Pioneer dropped the ball and mishandled some of the... Read more »

Aimee Hess
Aimee Hess answered on Dec 9, 2019

This is certainly an unfortunate situation. Whether or not Pioneer is allowed to withhold all royalty due to you depends on the language of the most recent division order for these royalties that you signed, as well as the terms of the oil and gas lease that you or your predecessor in interest... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Tax Law, Business Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for California on
Q: Can I sue California for gas prices being more expensive than other states?
D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Nov 19, 2019

You can sue anyone for anything as long as you can get them served.

You're case will be summarily dismissed, probably for not stating a claim upon which relief may be granted.

You may be cited for filing a frivolous suit.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Q: I have questions about filing bankruptcy on an ENERGY LLC ?

I need to know the best way to save my producing wells which is my only income from getting shut down by Oklahoma Corporation Commission because they are making me clean up a huge salt water mess. I have proof my leak could not have caused the amount of contamination that has been found. My leak... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 10, 2019

You will have to file suit against them and present the proof in court

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Probate for Texas on
Q: My father passed away intestate (no will), he owned his home, am I responsible for paying his utility bills?

Are his children responsible for paying the light, water, and gas bill? We plan to sell the home once cleaned, but no one is living in the home since his passing.

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Oct 11, 2019

After the Court appoints an administrator, giving that person authority over your father's property, that person is responsible for maintaining the estate.

Meanwhile, you and your siblings may want to keep the utilities on in order to maintain the property in good shape. That should...
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