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Hello, I am writing to find out whether my mother MUST sign a Quitclaim Deed releasing her claim on property in Dickens County, TX. The person to whom this land would then pass is her late brother's son, my cousin. My mother is one of two living direct heirs. My maternal grandmother allegedly had an oil/gas lease on approximately ten acres of land in Dickens, TX. My mother is being asked by my cousin's mother (Mom's sister-in-law) to sign a Quitclaim Deed, releasing all claim to this property. She is understandably upset because she feels it may not be proper to pass this land onto a nephew, before she has a chance at it. She seems to want more information regarding the whole affair. I am one of her four children; my only desire is to put her mind at ease. I DO NOT wish to create friction within this family between my mother and her sister-in-law. Basically, I advised her to just sign the Quitclaim Deed and forget about the whole thing.
Would you please advise me as to the legalities involved?
Thank you.

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If she has been granted the land then it appears to just be a bully move.  Perhaps you could attempt to find out why she they want her to sign a quit claim deed.  I would imagine that you will create friction if they want something and you will not give in but I don't know why you must.

I would get all the information before I would sign anything.  They can't make you sign.

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Cliff Williams

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I will try to answer any question you have. Even if I reject a question, I still will give a shot at what I would do in your position. The only questions I will not take a shot at would be a highly technical engineering or geological question. I am beginning to see quite a few questions from land men and other oil companies and that doesn't matter to me either. I will attempt to help.

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I am an oil and gas attorney that has been in the business for more than 20 years. I have held a series 22 and 63 securities license, been in oil and gas operations, land man, division order analyst all prior to obtaining my law degree. Today, I typically write title opinions verifying ownership of oil and gas minerals, assist landowners in negotiations on oil, gas and mineral leases, easements and conveyances. I also assist oil and gas companies with the sale of working interest ownership as well as common business law issues.

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State Bar of Texas, Member of the Tarrant County Bar and the Dallas County Bar Associations.

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Multiple oil and gas topical columns on ezine.com.

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I have a B.S. degree which I rely upon more than my Business Mgmt degree or Law degree...

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Husband and father of 26 years

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