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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: I’m Purchasing Real Estate and Seller wants to keep the mineral rights. How many years that they can keep them

What steps must the purchaser take to recover the Mineral Rights from the seller

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 9, 2021

Usually when a seller reserves mineral rights, they reserve them forever. You might think about negotiating a lower price because you will be getting less than you originally expected, or say no to the reservation of mineral rights, or say yes to only a partial reservation.

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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for California on
Q: ran out of gas. i called a tow truck driver to bring gas. instead of putting regular gas he put in dies

since he put diesel it wouldnt start and 8300$ to fix

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Dec 28, 2020

This is not an oil and gas or energy question. Re-post it under consumer law.

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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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Energy, Oil and Gas on
Q: hallow: i am the inventor of renewable energy,received no money a a return for the right to use my invention
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 10, 2020

You may want to repost your question and add the category - Patents (Intellectual Property). There's no guarantee all questions are picked up, but your post remains open for three weeks and it looks like something that a patent attorney would have the most insight about. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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 Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there any lawyer of merit who can tell Okla Corp Comm to follow and not break O.S. Title 52, #52-552?

My deceased relative was force pooled on Day 0. This triggers this OK Statute for the holder, the mineral owner's heir and the State of OK. The holder is supposed to try and find the heir for 365 days. OK butts out except to require reports and an escrow account for funds due the owner. In my... Read more »

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Oct 25, 2020

Interests in oil and gas are interest in real property. The transfer of real property is governed by the laws of the state in which it is located, not where the deceased or owner is located. Regardless of whether the monies are held by the company pooling the interest, the Corporation Commission,... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Q: Oil rights

My uncle died in Oklahoma several years ago, never married, had no children, left no will, and had oil rights. His brother, my father, is also deceased and left 4 children (I'm the oldest). How much would it cost to settle this estate? Marathon Oil (Houston, TX) has this account and... Read more »

Matt Fleischer
Matt Fleischer answered on Oct 16, 2020

The answer depends on many factors, but it sounds like you are probably looking at a joint probate of two estates if you want to legally transfer the minerals from your uncle to your father's children. That being said, bear in mind that if there are liquid assets in the estate (like royalty... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Probate for New Mexico on
Q: My question is about Texas Law. My ex husband wife did not tell the courts about his previous children there was no will

There are oil & gas leases involved that are supposed to go to all the children. They were passed down from their great grandmother , through her descendants, then their descendants, etc., etc. My children were the only ones never notified by the oil producers about their interests

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Sep 22, 2020

It is not clear from the information provided what type of probate proceeding was had, if any, and when. The ability to contest any court ruling will depend on when the proceeding, if any, was held. There is also no indication of when the deaths occurred. If there was no will, all of the children... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for California on
Q: I have common law trust stocks from 1926. The oil company is still in good standing. Need to find out the value.

Inherited stocks from 1926 the oil company is in good standing.

What do I do with these stocks?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 10, 2020

This is a good question but not a legal one. Contact a stock broker.

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Q: Hello, I have large company interested in a five year option to either purchase or ground lease a property I co-own.

The terms to lease the property are really appealing but the company plans to use the lease to secure funding for a green energy project. If I were to lease the property, as a land owner Is there anyway to protect the property from foreclosure in the event company goes bankrupt and creditors go... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 5, 2020

You need the advice of a Real Estate Transaction attorney in your local area to assist you to draft a lease that has forfeiture provisions in the event the lessee goes bankrupt. The creditors cannot go after the property, as you do not transfer title to the property to the lessee, except for the... Read more »

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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Collections, Energy, Oil and Gas and Public Benefits for North Carolina on
Q: I am having a problem with the City of Shelby, I've been paying my power bill late but never have I not paid it..

I just want some one to help me go through my power bills to explain to me I am 67 and I think they are taking advantage because I don't read well.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 29, 2020

This does not sound like a legal matter that you need to involve an attorney for. Considering the amount of ordinary household utility bills, attorney fees might not be justified. You could see if their customer service department could help explain your bill. If you aren't satisfied, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Illinois on
Q: Hello i need to know what kind of lawyer i need i almost had my home burned down due to a mistake by the gas company .
George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Jul 24, 2020

You can't sue the gas company for almost doing something. However, you can sue them for actual damages resulting from negligent or incompetent work. Look for an experienced litigation attorney. Suing the gas company won't be inexpensive. If you have a good case, an attorney may take the... Read more »

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 Arkansas on
Q: I pumped my gas tank full then got in the car and drove away. A true case of absent mindedness. How do I defend myself?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 20, 2020

An Arkansas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. What you describe could happen to anyone on a stressful day. Contact an Arkansas criminal defense attorney to review the charges against you. It would be good to move quickly so they might be able to subpoena video... 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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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Michigan on
Q: I received a default request and entry. Can I still fight this?

I live in Michigan. I was sued over an unpaid balance to an electric company. I tried telling the debt collectors that I had never lived at the address in question. A family member had used my info to get power on at their residence, which they failed to pay. I was served by a packet left at my... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 26, 2020

You can. If successful, you may get a chance to answer, and proceed to trial or try to negotiate with the electric company. It will be tough though. Most process servers are pretty good documenting their attempts to reach you, and if where it was left under the door is your address, you'll... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do I find an electrician's insurance information? He is registered in Pennsylvania.

(He will not provide the details himself).

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 23, 2020

You can also make a claim under your homeowners policy. They will investigate the electrician if it’s covered under your policy.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Energy, Oil and Gas, Environmental and Federal Crimes for Kentucky on
Q: What if the offenders are the government? Military specifically. 6 years worth of proof. I'm lucky to be alive.

The past 6 years. ..have been held on earth, to say mildly. Discredited , I'm SURE I would be ... matter of fact, a point pushed into belief. I just keep hanging on for an end. Some end..any end.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 8, 2020

What is your question? Your narrative is missing some facts on what is going on.

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