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I just discovered that my Mother was beneficiary of property in Seminole County, Oklahoma back in 1950, but the oil and gas lease was not included in the probated property.  Shouldn't the oil and gas lease have been included in the property that was probated?

Answer
You need to first verify that the lease has been kept active by production or in some other means. It may have expired. Did she own just the surface "land" or all the minerals? If she owned a mineral interest of any kind and there is an active "lease" you should still be able to get hold of this or accrued revenues. You can search for unclaimed property and the currently purchaser / operator. In most cases both will just need to be provided proof of record title in her name and proof that you are an heir in order to release payment and set you up for ongoing revenue payments if there will be are any.  

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Jason J. Alexander

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I can answer oil and gas division order questions. I am most knowledgeable about as the purchaser side of the oil and condensate production. I can offer suggestions regarding probate and basic transfers of working, override, and royalty interests. DISCLAIMER: I am not a lawyer. I have seem and know what my company for instance accepts pertaining to these matters. Being from the purchasing end (and not the operator side) I do not have much experience with calculations or valuing property or minerals. I do not deal with acquisitions, exploration, or development of leases either.

Experience

I am a Division Order Analyst with a crude oil purchaser. I have worked in the division order and customer relations departments for the past 9 with a first purchaser. My company purchases and transports oil for operators and we make revenue distributions on their behalf. I analyze division order title opinions, prior purchaser pay sheets, probate, and other conveyances related to the set up and modification of pay decks (divisions of interest) in leases (wells) of oil around the county. I have been involved in the set-up of our contract pay leases in conjunction with our marketing and regulatory departments.

Organizations
HADOA: Member, 2013-2014

Education/Credentials
HADOA: March, 2014 Seminar The Land Department: Division Order Analyst Training Course, 2011 & 2007 NADOA 2010 Conference Land Focus: Fundamentals of Leases & Title Ownership, 2006 Northwestern University, BS Communications

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Eagle Scout Award

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