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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

Timur 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?

Timur 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.

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

Q: I own mineral rights in West Virginia doddridge county should I be collecting money

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 2, 2019

Is someone mining the minerals?

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

Q: Is indecent behavior with juveniles considered aggravated sexual abuse in the state of Louisiana?

The conviction only involves section A (1).

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 2, 2019

More information needed.

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

Q: If I post the bond for someone. And they do not sppear, may, I apprehend them myself but and hand them over to jail

In the state of Mississippi.

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 30, 2019

You should ask this in Justia › Ask a Lawyer › Mississippi › Criminal Law ›.

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

Q: I own mineral rights in West Texas we least are mineral rights to oxy oil 2017 we still have not received any royalties

They started production in 2017

Aimee Hess answered on Jan 24, 2019

First, you will need to be sure that the production is actually production from your mineral interests. Your lease may have been limited to certain depths and so the fact that there is a well in your area or even on your land that is producing is not necessarily determinative. Secondly, if your... Read more »

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

Q: Do I have to give right a way for a pipeline for a oil company

Richard Winblad answered on Jan 9, 2019

This all depends on whether or not the property is being taken for eminent domain. If the company is a common carrier they may have this power. Eminent domain is often a condemnation for those who do not agree the the company's offer. Often companies offer a very low value.

If this is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on

Q: A oil company has broken the contract that we all signed. how can i get them to hold up to the agreement?

Aimee Hess answered on Jan 2, 2019

If an oil company has violated its agreement with you, it is possible that you can get a court order requiring them to fulfill their obligations under the contract. They may also be liable to you for damages. You will first need to have an oil and gas attorney review the contract and the facts that... Read more »

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

Q: If judgement was in dads step brother cam we take him back to court

Dad died in 2000 and dads STEP BROTHER took us to court and because STEP BROTHER said how does anyone know we belong to are dad judgement was in his favor cause they wanted dna what can we do

Doak Willis answered on Dec 30, 2018

Your question is confusing. This appears to be a question concerning heirship and whether you can prove you were an heir of the deceased. You stated they wanted DNA evidence which a test can be taken but your facts don't address whether it was ordered or not and the results. You should make an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on

Q: I was involved in truck wreck on Halloween evening 2018.

I was involved in truck wreck on Halloween evening 2018. I was driving my friends company vehicle when another driver failed to yield to right of way and stop sign and pulled out infront of us. I am an Independent contractor for a firm here in Odessa and have not been able to go back to work. I do... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 6, 2018

You need to get right on it and begin investigation on the details of this accident. But, your delay in seeking medical treatment may devalue your case. We do handle these cases and can get you to a doctor asap. It does not matter that you do not have health insurance if the other responsible... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Family Law for Oklahoma on

Q: My grandmother with property and mineral rights in Oklahoma dies in Missouri without a will. My father (her son) is

also dead. My siblings and I want to sell mineral rights, but there are individuals who may or may not have a claim (out of wedlock birth). Do these individuals have a legal claim...must they take DNA test? What type attorney do we need to consult on these issues?

Richard Winblad answered on Nov 27, 2018

This is a fact relevant issue. Current Oklahoma law states: Section 215 - Inheritance by and from Illegitimate Child

For inheritance purposes, a child born out of wedlock stands in the same relation to his mother and her kindred, and she and her kindred to the child, as if that child had...
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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on

Q: Hi i get 1 million dollars,1 million to oil lawyer say i back the money from oil comp.never get.

Timur Akpinar answered on Nov 17, 2018

It isn't fully clear what the question is here.

Tim Akpinar

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

Q: How do I find a lawyer to represent a land owner selling or leasing to a utility grade solar company?

Ashley Dean Powell answered on Nov 16, 2018

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... Read more »

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

Q: Oklahoma will not recognize "will" because it was never probated in Oklahoma.

Grandmother died in Oklahoma in 1980, had a will. All known assets were held in "joint tenancy" with her surviving daughter. In 2014, unknown minerals in OK were found. Oil company remitted force-pooled bonus consideration to OK. OK demands a probated will for an estate of virtually $0. Bonus is... Read more »

Richard Winblad answered on Nov 8, 2018

If funds are with the unclaimed property division & the total value is under $10k you may be able to use their affidavit process. But keep in mind that once production begins there oil company will probably make probate a title requirement before they release royalty payments.

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