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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Ohio on
Q: Greetings,I share mineral rights on 88+ acres in Warren,OH. I live in Prescott,AZ and need a quite title assistance

Contract signed on 07/22/2019 and have rec'd no royalties to date. Cant get any info as to why.

Info on parcel:

Parcel#41-02200-000

Township:Warren

County:Trumbull/Jefferson

Contract with:Gulfport Energy

Desperately seeking assistance on this... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Nov 9, 2023

Any attorney would need to review your contract to see what conditions underpin the payment of royalties. In many instances it is dependent on a minimum amount being extracted. So the second step would be getting that information from Gulfport Energy, or its contractor that is doing the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas, Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Ohio on
Q: I invented and patented (US 8391552) an invaluble technology for petrochemical industry

So in 2018, the Trump Admin attacked me in a federal lab in Pittsburgh. I had to flee. Then my house was raided by a SWAT team. I fled into hiding in Amish country Ohio. Then the Trump Admin disguised my patented technology as a non-patented technology and gave it to Saudi Aramco and the... View More

Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
answered on Sep 25, 2023

I am sorry to hear about your tribulations, but regarding the patent: you do not own the patent. You assigned your rights to the invention to the Deparment of Energy in December 2012, after the patent application was filed but before the patent issued.

It is not your patent, and the DoE...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Ohio on
Q: Am I legally required to pay back previous owner for paying the gas bill after I bought the house?

I purchased the home in 6/2022. I wasn’t aware that the gas and electric were separate companies until 9/2022 when the previous owner reached out and wanted reimbursed for paying the gas bill from 6/2022-9/2022. She paid it for three months before saying anything. Do I legally have to pay her back?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 2, 2023

The home sale contract that buyer and seller sign, typically specifies that seller must pay for utilities through the date of the closing of the sale, and afterward the buyer is responsible. You would have to pay only if she sues you, the court finds you liable, and enters a judgment against you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: My rent is going up every month & we’re being charged for gas when we don’t even use it Call me hard to text / type.

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

I'm sorry to hear that you're dealing with rising rent and being charged for a utility you don't use. That sounds very frustrating. Here are a few thoughts and suggestions:

- Review your lease carefully to see what utilities are included in rent vs. billed separately. If gas...
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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Ohio on
Q: Can a person legally cash royalty checks sent by mistake from mineral rights they sold months earlier?
James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr
answered on Mar 18, 2021

You need to review your sales contract or mineral deed to determine the effective sate of the transfer. If the revenues are for before the effective date they would belong to you. If after the effective date, they belong to the buyer. If you cash the check and the revenues do not belong to you,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Ohio on
Q: I have oil royalties in CO. New company is requiring a Determination of Heirship for my great grandmother. Can I apply?

Great Grandmother had five children. One son had property in Ohio and Colorado. The families oil royalties come from him in Colorado, however, he provided a portion to her in her lifetime. The family line of inheritance is down the five family lines. I inherited from two aunts, my father's... View More

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr
answered on Feb 19, 2021

If the determination of heirship describes your line, it will suffice regardless of who initiates the proceedings, provided it is properly done. Sometimes, depending on the value of the interest, oil companies will take affidavits rather than proceedings to determine heirs. Concerning your... View More

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 Energy, Oil and Gas and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Mineral rights ownership required to merge two parcels?

A neighbor has an ingress egress ROW through my property to his unimproved wooded property. I was thinking of making an offer on his ground and merging it with my own to remove the ROW. Would I also have to obtain all of the mineral rights to do so? Also, if I cannot obtain the mineral rights,... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Feb 20, 2018

It depends on when and how the ROW was granted and to whom and for what. The owner of mineral rights might retain the ROW. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to find a local real estate attorney familiar with mineral rights to review the deeds, easements, and any other documents of title to advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: The bank will not turn on the water or gas for our inspections contingency. Is this legal?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
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... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for Ohio on
Q: Plaintiff filed a MSJ against co-defendant to quiet a title. Can I file an opposition? If yes, how?

Plaintiff filed a MSJ against co-defendant to quiet a title with respect to a disputed oil and gas royalty in Plaintiffs name, but it should be quieted in my name as well as I am owner of 1/3 mineral rights (plaintiff has the other 2/3). Can I file an opposition to the MSJ even though it wasnt... View More

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
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... View More

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