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QUESTION: Who do I contact when an oil company is actively using an oil and gas well with no valid lease. My siblings and I are currently receiving bills and incorrect checks for two producing oil and gas wells with no lease as stated in two registered wills .A 5th person is receiving 1/5th interest with no valid claim as stated in both wills.

ANSWER: Contact an oil and gas attorney about this would be my advice if you've had no luck with the company. If you haven't contacted the company yet I would do so and explain (nicely) to them that you are receiving bills and checks that you believe are in error and would like to get it straightened out. Perhaps they have a valid explanation, and if they don't, then your next stop would be to run your findings by an attorney and have them deal with the company.

Hope this helps you out!
Frederick M. "Mick" Scott CMM, RPL
The Mineral Hub
www.mineralhub.com

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QUESTION: I must not have been clear. My siblings and I are entitled to the oil and gas production. The oil company has added a 5th.person without any legal precedent and extended a lease with no signatures.On numerous occasions the oil company has been asked to produce the oil and gas lease, they have ignored all requests. We want to know what state or federal agency to contact in new Mexico,where the leases are located, since the oil company is in Texas. We are going to file criminal charges against the company and the 5th person illegally added. I hope this clears up the question.

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You stated in your first question that you are currently "receiving bills and incorrect checks for two producing oil and gas wells with no lease as stated in two registered wills." In what way are the checks "incorrect."? Not enough money, too much money, wrong decimal?

Second, what does "no lease as stated in two registered wills" mean? Was a lease mentioned in someone's will?

Third, it's not clear what you mean by "A 5th person is receiving 1/5th interest with no valid claim as stated in both wills." Without seeing the wills I have no way of determining the validity of the 5th person's claim. Did the wills both state this person isn't to receive any interest or something? Note: If the estate has not been probated then the heirship will be determined by the laws of intestate succession rather than the unprobated will (in most states anyway.)

Please realize that I'm not at all familiar with these documents/people you are speaking of. That is why I think you'd be much better off running your concerns by an oil and gas attorney who can actually look at this stuff rather than on this free forum where the experts have limited time; and let him/her determine a course of action and determine why this "5th person" was "illegally" added.

Hope this works out for you!
Frederick M. "Mick" Scott CMM, RPL
The Mineral Hub
www.mineralhub.com  

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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.

Experience

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.

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

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

Education/Credentials
Certified Mineral Manager (CMM), Registered Professional Landman (RPL)

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