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Oil/Gas/Well assignments, division orders, and procedure guidelines


Hi Mr. Scott,
i have what I hope is an easy question involving division orders.  If Company A assigns a working interest in a well to Company B effective 1/1/2013 but does not receive all of the documentation until 5/1/2013, what date should be entered in the division order?  And do you know if the NADOA publishes a set of standards guiding issues like this?
Thank you very much for your time.

If the assignment itself states effective 1/1/2013, then that's when it's effective. The "standard" is that the grantor should not have agreed to an effective date of 1/1/2013 unless he/she were okay with it. There really is no legal standard for this type of thing as far as I know so you go by what the actual assignment says if it specifies an effective date.

Hope this helps you out.
Frederick M. "Mick" Scott CMM, RPL
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Oil and gas leasing, lease negotiations, how to best deal with the oil and gas companies or their representatives, buying/selling mineral rights, forced-pooling, correlative rights, deeds and conveyances, and "post-production" costs. I am most experienced with Oklahoma properties and laws, but am able to answer questions concerning other oil and gas producing states in many cases.


I am a Certified Professional Mineral Manager (CMM) certified by the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) in Tulsa, OK. I am also a Registered Professional Landman (RPL) with the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). I have managed my family's oil and gas properties in Oklahoma for over 10 years and have dealt with many landmen, title analysts, attorneys and other oil and gas professionals in the process. I have written several articles which have appeared in various oil and gas industry magazines and newsletters. I have negotiated and drafted leases, prepared deeds, affidavits, and other legal instruments relating to my own minerals, as well as performed title, legal research, and curative work for same. I have acquired a good deal of knowledge on the subjects of oil and gas law, mineral appraisal, and landwork over the past ten years, and also worked as a professional landman and lease buyer for a time. I've seen the business from "both sides" and therefore feel confident I can help out most of the folks who ask questions in this forum.

National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO); American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)

National Association of Royalty Owners "Action Report" (ROAR); NADOA Magazine, The Mineral Hub, Landman Magazine, and several royalty owner association group's newsletters.

Certified Mineral Manager (CMM), Registered Professional Landman (RPL)

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