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2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on

Q: I am a creditor in an Chapter 11 Bankruptcy case . I inherited land which produces / pumps oil. This land was inherited

My question is. Can the Oil Company get out of paying my family it's Royalties?? There's millions owed to us. We are unsecured creditors. How can we become a ""Priority" in this case? Help... Court has been through a 3x's Arbitration(?) Final Hearing is set for Sept 10. All petitions must be in... Read more »

Aimee Hess answered on Aug 23, 2019

In most cases, an oil company in bankruptcy must pay current royalties to its mineral owners with whom it has active oil and gas leases. Past royalties are often treated as claims against the bankruptcy estate. Whether the claim is secured or unsecured, or priority or nonpriority, depends on the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Environmental for New York on

Q: I had my furnace replaced in Feb of 2019. It was never installed properly, I'm now getting the run-around, what to do?

My husband knew something wasn't right with the install, we had them come over several times as our humidity was was out of control. Every time a tech came over, they insisted that all we needed was to spend thousands more to get a whole home dehumidifier. One time they were at my home inspecting... Read more »

Michael David Siegel answered on Aug 20, 2019

If there is a warranty, make a claim. You can also do a small claims case for the damages.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Ohio on

Q: How do you read a oil and gas lease? Sign on bonus? Acreage?

Matthew Williams answered on Aug 20, 2019

You should have a lawyer review such a document with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Energy, Oil and Gas for Georgia on

Q: Can I get fine for a cruelty to children-3rd degree for the first time, or can a be just dismissed

Or can I be charge with domestic violence and have to do some classes

Homer P Jordan IV answered on Aug 19, 2019

Without knowing the facts of your case in detail it's difficult to provide you with an answer. You could consult with an attorney who can review the facts of your case and present you with the options. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Michigan on

Q: Is it illegal to smoke in a vehicle next to an unused gas pump?

Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 10, 2019

A Michigan attorney would know best because local laws can vary by jurisdiction. But your question remains open for three weeks. In some jurisdictions, it's considered a misdemeanor. In other's, it's treated as a fire and safety violation, with the onus on the operator of the facility. In between,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Tax Law on

Q: Do 501(c)(3) Corps have to pay tax on Propane Gas? See CERT-115. We are a Vol Fire Co.

I'm the Asst. Treasurer of the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., a 501(c)(3) certified organization. We noticed tax on an invoice for propane from Norbert E. Mitchell (our supplier.) They said, "you are not exempt from the CT - LP- Gross Receipts Tax". Is this true, and if so, are there... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 7, 2019

You are confusing your federal tax-filing status with state sales taxes imposed on most if not all corporations. Just because the FEDERAL IRS has given you tax-free status does not make you exempt for state sales taxes. If it did there would be zillions of 501s out there.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Energy, Oil and Gas and Small Claims for Virginia on

Q: MonPower refuses to start my service because the last landowner had a back bill. I even sent them a copy of my lease

Is it legal to deny me electricity for a stranger's debt?

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 15, 2019

The amount of money involved is way too small to be of interest to most lawyers. FYI, the law is not designed to solve every little problem that comes your way during this lifetime; the Latin phrase for this rule is "De minimus non curat lex."

Pay the balance and then sue the deadbeat who...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Energy, Oil and Gas and Environmental for Indiana on

Q: Hot water heater leaking gas (14% concentration) per NIPSCO. Gas company turned it off on June 21.

Land lord was notified via text message on the 21th. Promised to have someone fix it. It has not been done as of 7/6/19 nor has she responded to my text I sent 1 week ago asking about the status of the repairs. I have not had any hot water in my home since 6/21. I have rented a hotel room once a... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 8, 2019

While your written lease terms will control this unusual situation==generally speaking--landlords are responsible to make sure that their leased property is suitable for living; and tenants do not have to remain in structures that are not in livable condition. Absent some unforeseen issues, IMO,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on

Q: What if i was charged for oil changed at dealership and vehicle was not serciced as paid for?

Oil filter and tire rotation 29.99 tires not rotated motor shakes when didnt not do

Before on top of that they advised me they changed hoses when they didnt need to i just had brand new motor put in hoses where brand new they changed without consent

Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 4, 2019

A place to start here could be to contact a Texas attorney who deals with consumer issues/small contract disputes. The Energy, Oil and Gas section is more about large matters involving drilling rights, mineral rights, etc. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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

Q: I was not notified of a 18' natural gas pipe to be replace on my property line. Was a notice required?

Pipe runs straight down property line with 25' just for access easements on each side. Now there is going to be a turn on to my property about 3 to 4 feet in towards my property from NW corner. This will change easement agreement, pushing into my property. I was never notified and they are on my... Read more »

Doak Willis answered on Jun 27, 2019

If I understand your question and facts, your stating that the new pipe line will be on your property outside of the established easement which would require your consent otherwise you would be entitled to some compensation or a removal of the pipe line back within the easement already established.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Real Estate Law and Probate for Oklahoma on

Q: Oil and gas leases in a minors name with listed custodians on it, what rights do they have as non legal guardians

Parents didn't give permission for anything listed in the minors name to be conveyed or sold. Grandparents listed themselves as custodians. Conveyed everything to themselves from the children.Grandchildren never received anything on the oil and gas revenues.

Richard Winblad answered on Jun 20, 2019

If the children are now adults they may want to pursue a quiet title action against the grandparents.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on

Q: I don't agree with a Division Order's interest. What are my rights?

I wrote "Disputed" on the Division Order and sent it back after inheriting a portion of the lease. Producer (Butkin Oil) takes 80%, by their own admission and won't say where the other 20% goes. My owner interest is less than .002%. It also appears that I am paying state taxes for the total... Read more »

Richard Winblad answered on Jun 20, 2019

Oil and gas law is complicated. The operator typically has the lion's share of the revenues because it pays for all the expenses and therefore has all the risk. If they spend a million and the hole is dry they eat all of the cost. However, a royalty interest owner pays nothing.

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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Municipal Law for Florida on

Q: What obligations do Municipalities have to locate and mark abandoned underground utilities for contractors?

I am a contractor for a large utility company and on a recent job i absorbed a tremendous amount of profit loss because a local municipality did not locate abandoned underground utilities in an easement. By not doing so it cost us to go over our budget. Is there any way to hold them accountable? I... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 18, 2019

Your best (only) bet is to complain about this situation to a few members of the city council and ask them how to file a "complaint" about the incident. Most if not all municipal governments carry liability insurance to avoid having to pay "damages" for not doing their job: maintaining all city... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for New York on

Q: Co-Edison is fixing for 6 months gas connection. They cover temporary the hole on the street with a iron plaque

The noisy is unbearable specially apartments which face the street

Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 8, 2019

You could try contacting them through one of their numbers. Those steel plates are used throughout the City for temporary road repairs following excavations on underground utilities. Depending on how they are seated, the plates could bang when vehicles pass over them. Hopefully they could send out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on

Q: Is it legal for an individual to sell a portion of their non-participating royalty interest then distribute the revenue?

Sam has bought Texas and Oklahoma mineral acreage/interest for the past 40 years. Some has become producing and he sells some of his interest to others by executing deeds for them. He does not instruct these "investors" to request division orders directly from the operators by submitting a copy... Read more »

Richard Winblad answered on Apr 2, 2019

Buyers should contact the operators directly with the documentation, request Division Orders and provide W-9s.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Landlord - Tenant for Oklahoma on

Q: What do I do? I'm pregnant the landlord is not doing their job to fix things.

We moved in Bradford Square Apartments September 14th and still nothing has been fixed I'm pregnant and have been breathing in gas and a rotten egg smell the carpet was not cleaned there's mold behind the toilet we went a whole month without hot water til the hot water tank busted then they finally... Read more »

Kyle Persaud answered on Mar 21, 2019

Realistically, you may not be able to get anything fixed within the time necessary. Your best bet may be to move out of your apartment.

If you can't afford to move out now, here is, I think, your best option: Write a letter to your landlord. In your letter, list all the problems with your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Kentucky on

Q: Is there an example of Kentucky propane container law that specifically spells out the prosecutable possibility's and

Fines for a propane supplier that puts propane in a competitor propane suppliers Propane Container with out permission ?

Timothy Denison answered on Mar 16, 2019


1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Oklahoma on

Q: My husband thinks he needs a lawyer regarding oil larceny charges. He’s been used and fired in all this. We need help

Keegan Kelley Harroz answered on Mar 4, 2019

Your husband is correct. He needs to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas on

Q: received settlement check from Computershare/KCC--- reference Plummer/Pyles vsNicor settlement is this a valid check?

Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 24, 2019

Contact the issuer to confirm; it sounds like it might be a settlement check from the Nicor Energy Services Company class action lawsuit.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Real Estate Law for Michigan on

Q: My apartment company called me saying they paid a utility bill from an electric company that I don't use. What do I do?

I use electric company A ever since I moved into the apartment and was required to get it in my name. Now, 4 months into living here I get contacted by the company saying they paid a bill from company B and want me to pay them back. I have never used company B, didn't sign up or anything. Why would... Read more »

David Soble answered on Feb 11, 2019

Sounds strange. I would want to see the invoices first before paying for the alleged invoices. I am not sure how two different utility companies can service your one residence unless one provides the gas and the other provides electric. Trust but verify.

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