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Q: The bank will not turn on the water or gas for our inspections contingency. Is this legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Consumer Law for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 14, 2017

Consult with the seller. If the seller does not make arrangements with the utilities to allow you to make a full inspection, then you can terminate the contract under your contingency prior to its expiration. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local real estate attorney to assist you with the contract and purchase issues.
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Q: I am receiving TIB. The TD put me at MMI. But I can no longer work in my industry. What happens now ?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Answered on Aug 29, 2017

As you probably already know the 4% allows you to receive 3 weeks of IIBs for each point, or 12 weeks of IIBs. Your income benefits end at that point, sorry. But as DWC and the carriers lover to point out, you get life-time medical for your injury, as long as you can prove the medical treatment is reasonable, necessary and related to a compensable injury. Good luck.
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Q: I bought a house with propane on the property included, but they sold the gas back to a company. Can I seek recourse?

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Small Claims, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 24, 2017

Yes, the facts as you describe sound viable for a small claims action.

Good luck.
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Q: I have mineral rights that I want to sell that were passed down to me but the buyer says I have to file a quiet title.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Answered on Aug 23, 2017

Are you sure that he didn't say probate?

You are probably headed to probate. The good news is that if any of the following apply, you may be eligible for a fairly inexpensive summary probate that can be wrapped up on about 90 days:

-the total value of his assets in Oklahoma is $200,000 or less;or

-he died more than 5 years ago; or

-he was not an Oklahoma resident when he died; or

-a probate was completed in another state.

If your relative did not...
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Q: what forms are need to transfer mineral royalties to another family member

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on
Answered on Aug 23, 2017

That is a tough answer. You are probably headed to probate. The good news is that if any of the following apply, you may be eligible for a summary probate that can be wrapped up on about 90 days:

-the total value of his assets in Oklahoma is $200,000 or less;or

-he died more than 5 years ago; or

-he was not an Oklahoma resident when he died; or

-a probate was completed in another state.

Really more information is needed. An affidavit of heir-ship...
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Q: Plaintiff filed a MSJ against co-defendant to quiet a title. Can I file an opposition? If yes, how?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 21, 2017

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult an Ohio attorney who does real estate litigation involving mineral rights to review the situation and advise what to do. If a motion has been filed, there are time limits involved in responding. If you are not a party to the lawsuit, then you need to file. So contact an attorney at once.
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Q: What are the time limits for seeking judicial review of an order issued by the Maryland Public Service Commission?

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jul 14, 2017

1. Timing: You have 30 days to petition for judicial review pursuant to MD Rules R. 7-203.

2. Standing: Under MD Pub Util Code § 3-202, "a party or person in interest" can appeal. Federal law for FCC appeals construes similar language to require that the appellant/petitioner be a party to the regulatory proceeding, but I do not know what MD law says on that subject. One way to cure such a default would be to petition the MPSC for reconsideration, since under § 3-294, "if a rehearing...
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Q: Do I have a case against West Penn Power?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability, Energy, Oil and Gas and Land Use & Zoning for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jul 7, 2017

If fortunately nothing happened, and they have put it right no. You can only make a claim for what happened, not what could have happened.
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Q: Hi, I would like to find all legislations and regulations related to sludge or cuttings reinjection (for oil industry)

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Environmental and Gov & Administrative Law for Texas on
Answered on Jun 11, 2017

The information on these pages should be useful:

https://www.epa.gov/radiation/tenorm-oil-and-gas-production-wastes

http://www.tenorm.com/regs.htm
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Q: Can the tentants make us pay for their water bill ?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Answered on May 31, 2017

The water department wherever you live is sending the bill to whoever applied for the service. If that was you as homeowner, you owe the bill. However, if you had the tenant take over the water service and the account is in their name, they owe the bill. If you just rented the house to them and did not change the water billing to them, then you still owe the bill and will have to go after and sue the tenants for reimbursement. They ran the bill up and should pay it, but if you allowed the...
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Q: probe and how to get a copy of the original will

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Probate for Utah on
Answered on May 24, 2017

If the will is in probate, it is a public document. You can go to the Court and pay some money to get a copy of it. If you have the name of the personal representative or the decedent then the Court should be able to locate it for you.

If you are an heir or a natural heir (son/daughter/husband/wife) then you should have received notice of probate and hearing, if not then you can get it from the Court.

I hope this helps.
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Q: How much would denied inheritance cost? Where do one even began the research or who shall one contact?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Civil Rights, Energy, Oil and Gas and Land Use & Zoning for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 26, 2017

I would suggest you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Time delays may apply to limit how far back you can go to collect your father's portion of the royalties. In other words, the longer you wait, the less you may be able to receive in past royalties. As far as cost, attorneys can be creative in how they charge to make their representation affordable to you, including charging a percentage of the recovery, billing hourly, or a combination of the two. Give me a call, and I'll be...
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Q: I'm thinking of buying some land. Someone else owns the mineral rights. Can they drill on my land as much as they want?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas, Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for Arizona on
Answered on Apr 19, 2017

In areas where mineral exploitation is common, the mineral owner might choose to exercise his rights to access and mine the minerals owned. The landowner is protected by state and local laws regulating the period of drilling or the depth of excavation. To evaluate a potential investment, consult a lawyer in your area experienced in mineral law. Good luck.
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Q: My wife inherited mineral rights along with her siblings to property owned by her parents.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for North Dakota on
Answered on Apr 5, 2017

It depends on what title you have to the mineral rights. Based on what you've written, you are probably co-tenants of an undivided interest in oil, gas, and other minerals. Assuming this, then no, you cannot stop the siblings from leasing, selling, or using their part of the interest. Each co-tenant has the right to develop the land if they want to. So, you may not want to, and you don't have to lease or sell or be any part of the operations, but your siblings might want to. You could...
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Q: Can you put a lean on mineral rights in Tennessee? If so, what are the implications, procedures, and requirements?

2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 1, 2017

There's no straightforward answer without more of the story. For instance, a recent Tennessee case involved a dispute as to whether sandstone qualified as a mineral. Also, in order to qualify you would likely need to have provided some sort of services in connection with the mineral in order to attach to proceeds from its exploitation.
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Q: Can a nonprofit utility co. Deny me a new account, after service shutoff due to owners delinquent bill?

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Consumer Law for California on
Answered on Feb 13, 2017

See: http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/repairs.shtml

You may be able to sue the landlord for violation of the implied warranty of habitability.

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Q: I am the named Trustee on a trust that is related to Standard Oil and Northern Trust/Northern Telecom where my Dad Worke

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Estate Planning, Gov & Administrative Law and Government Contracts for California on
Answered on Feb 12, 2017

Why would you be denied entry to a public court? Have you filed anything in Probate Court about this? Is there a trust administrator that you've contacted? More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of...
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Q: Is it possible for me to sell mineral rights to the land under my property but maintain the surface rights above ground?

2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Colorado on
Answered on Feb 10, 2017

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.
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Q: How to transfer a gifted oil royalty from a deceased person with no will.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Probate for Texas on
Answered on Feb 3, 2017

You need to consult a lawyer on this. It seems to be a very complex situation. Having said that, it appears that the estate needs to be probated, even though there is not a will. This is called "intestate succession". The laws of Texas will govern how the property is to be distributed, and it is different for community property than separate property. Once you go through this process, someone will be able to properly pass the property on under the law. Then you can show the oil company...

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