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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 bring...
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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Alabama on
Q: Is it illegal to smoke at a gas station in Alabama?

I saw a guy smoking as he walked behind a pump within 5-10 feet of the pump. Is that illegal?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 1, 2019

An Alabama attorney would probably know this best, but your question remains open for a week. In general, some jurisdictions treat it as a misdemeanor. Some treat it as a violation of fire or public safety codes, or combinations of the two. For reasons even children recognize, it's not a good thing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have land with multiple rentals on it. The gas company wants to drill on my property or the one next to mine.

My question is if they buy out my property to set up a drill pad, should I try to negotiate for not only the replacement cost of the buildings, but the lost income of the property? The lots are only 100' wide, so any drilling will affect multiple plots. There are 5 rentals beside my home plus... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 28, 2019

Yes you need to negotiate to get everything you will lose. I negotiate these purchases all the time.

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for West Virginia on
Q: Hello, Can you tell me how to get in touch with a good mineral oil and gas lease?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 4, 2019

You could go to the Find-a-Lawyer tab above and choose Energy, Oil & Gas, and then select West Virginia. That should present you with attorneys listed in this site. You could also conduct your own independent searches. You could also contact the West Virginia State Bar to see if they could assist... Read more »

Q: I need a oil and gas lease looked at , can anyone help me?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 30, 2019

For something of that scope and depth, you'd be best off contacting attorneys on your own. You could use the Find-a-Lawyer tab above, or conduct your own independent searches. An attorney would probably want to thoroughly review the lease and discuss it with you, while the format here is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Kansas on
Q: I have a clean record yet im being denied energy because of someone who lives with me that has an old overdue billlegal?

Even if he leaves i will have to prove he lives somewhere else which will leave me powerless for an extended time. Can i just be denied service on a hunch like this?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 25, 2019

That seems like a very high level of scrutiny if the account is in your name, you are not married, or don't have joint ties that could come up in any type of reports. In large cities where electric utilities serve millions of ratepayers, they don't generally track each and every member of the... Read more »

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 »

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