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Hi I just found out through a cousin on a genealogy website that my father who is not mentally competent and I am direct descendant of an oil well in Oklahoma. The cousin and I share a Great Great-grandmother who willed it to her children when she passed which would be my great grandmother. The cousin said her grandmother collected from it until she passed last  year and now her Mom collects from it. How do I find out about this?

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Donna,
In order to determine whether you and your father are owners of a mineral interest in a well in Oklahoma, you will need to prove how he acquired his interest.  If he acquired his interest through inheritance, then a Probate for the estate of the decedent should have been filed recognizing the heirs and sending them into possession of their estate.  

If the decedent died in another state than where the oil well is located, then a certified copy of the Judgment of Possession filed in the estate, should be obtained and filed in the county/state where the oil well is located so that the current owners will be recognized.

Once this has been done, then the Operator of the well needs to be notified that you are now the owner of this interest pursuant to the estate of the deceased, and provided a copy of the Judgment of Possession.  

Of course, you did not say whether you know:
a) what county the oil well is located
b) whether there has been a succession filed on the prior owners
c) whether you know who the Operator is

If you do not, then there is quite a bit of work that is necessary, but it can be done.

If you would like for me to assist you - I could possibly help you with this but we would need to discuss this privately and not on this site.

You can email me at lfitzgerald@iliosresources.com

Best of luck - I hope you are able to be credited with this inherited interest.

Please visit my website at www.iliosresources.com  

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING A QUESTION. I can answer all questions related to oil and gas ownership, mineral interests and working interests concerning the leasing and selling of your minerals, any questions concerning pipeline ROW's, units with the Louisiana Department of Conservation; pooling provisions, depth limitations, vertical or horizontal pugh clauses; and oil and gas terminology. I can offer assistance in negotiating for leasing your property, assisting in locating owners of suspended funds or to receive the best offer for your oil and gas interests, should you desire to sell. I am only able to answer questions regarding oil and gas leases, minerals, royalties, or offers to purchase mineral/royalty interests if I have complete information. Please provide a full legal description for your interest(s). If the question pertains to a lease, please include all terms of any current (or desired) lease offers, including lease bonus amount, royalty and lease term. If the question is regarding a mineral or royalty interest offer to purchase, please provide the offer amount, date of offer, other offer terms, and further details on the mineral/royalty interest, such as lease terms, and if producing, the average monthly income. Since I receive numerous inquiries daily, I am only able to answer your questions efficiently and effectively if I have complete information. I must decline any questions submitted with incomplete information. If your question is non-technical in nature and you simply need assistance understanding an oil and gas matter, please submit your question with as much information and detail as possible. Any background information that has led to your question is also very helpful.

Experience

I have over 34 years experience as an Independent Petroleum Landman. I became a Landman after working as a paralegal for Oil & Gas Attorneys for 8 years. My first 2 years were spent specializing in Well History and Research with the Louisiana Department of Conservation, then moving into clearing title defects and handling title curative for oil and gas properties for the next 6 years. Subsequent thereto, I handled title issues, buying oil and gas leases and settling surface damages. I also acquired acreage for drilling prospects in excess of 10,000 acres. I also became a mineral/royalty owner commencing in 2004 and have found that I can help many people when they have reached the point in their lives they feel converting their minerals or royalties into a cash asset benefits them.

Organizations
American Association for Professional Landmen, ArkLaTex Assoc. of Professional Landmen, and Dallas Association of Professional Landmen (DAPL), Certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)- South. This certification is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. This designation is reserved for only those women-led businesses that exemplify the characteristics of integrity and professionalism to which the WBENC adheres to so strictly.

Education/Credentials
Attended LSU, became a Certified Professional Landman in 1994; Notary Public with dual authority in multiple parishes in North Louisiana; Bilingual in English and Greek

Awards and Honors
Expert Oil & Gas Professional assisting attorneys representing landowners. Involved in 2 lawsuits and both suits were awarded to the landowner. Ilios Resources, Inc. has been awarded the Best of Shreveport Oil and Gas Mineral Buyer Award for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Past/Present Clients
Consultant Landman for Texas Oil & Gas (TXO Production Corp.), Anadarko Petroleum, Comstock Resources,Independent Geologists, Pipeline ROW Clients, and Oil & Gas Attorneys. For the past 5 years my practice is primarily an advocacy for the landowner. I also assist royalty owners recover suspended payments or incorrect royalty payments, or sell their mineral or royalty interest.

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