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I have been receiving royalty checks for as long as I can remember.  The leases were set up for me by my grandfather when I was a baby.  The amounts of these payments have always been tiny.  I never thought that there was anything that I could do to improve the payments.  They are gas & oil royalties &/or mineral payments.  My decimal interests is .0119. I never had any advise or talked to an attorney.  I would like to find out if it is worth while to have someone who knows these things look at these leases?  Is it worth it to contact these companies for copies of the leases in the state of Texas?  Should I not worry about it as there is nothing I could do.  Any direction would be greatly appreciated.

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Ella,
I believe it is always a good idea to understand your ownership so you can make informed decisions about them.  
Unless you are not being paid the correct decimal interest, or you have not been recognized by all the Operators who should be paying you, there is not much else I could see you doing to improve the payments.  
The questions are, however:
a) am I being paid the correct decimal interest
b) am I being recognized for all the interests I should be credited with.

The only way to determine this is to go back to the document that created your ownership and then review the lands on which you own an interest to see what production activity is in place and who the Operators are that are operating the wells.  Then, you can contact them, with the document that created your interest to inquire about correct payments.
Due to the fact that the oil and gas industry is complex, you will need to have an oil and gas attonrey assist you or someone like myself who has experience in oil and gas matters.  
If you would like for me to take a look at it and give you my further opinoin, please feel free to email me copies of your recent check statements to my company at lfitzgerald@iliosresources.com.
Other than this, I am not aware of anything else you can do to assure yourself that you are being credited with what you inherited from your Grandfather.
Best of luck -  

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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.

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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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