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DO COMPANIES LIKE XTO MAKE BIG MISTAKES WHEN CHECKING TO SEE WHO ALL THE MINERAL RIGHTS OWNERS ARE AND IF THEY FIND OUT THAT THEY HAVE MADE A MISTAKE DO THEY WORK TO MAKE IT RIGHT OR DO THEY DRAG THEIR FEET AND IS THERE ANY THING ANY ONE CAN DO AND ARE THERE ANY LIABILLTY FOR IT.IN MY GRANDMOTHERS WILL SPLIT 641 ACRES INTO THIRDS ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO THE ONE SISTER WANTED THE OTHERS TO GIVE HER THE PROPORTY THEY REFUSED AND SAID THEY WOULD SELL THEIR SHARES TO HER SO HER SON TOOK HER TO COURT TO GET THE RIGHTS BUY THE PROPORTY. AFTER ALL WAS SAID AND DONE HE BOUGHT THE PROPORTY BUT 8 OF THE OWNERS HAD ENTERED IN THE AGREEMENT THAT MINERAL RIGHTS WERE EXCLUDED AND THE PAPERS WERE FILED IN THE HUGES CO. COURT HOUSE IN OKLAHOMA IS THERE THAT THEY CAN SAY THEY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE EXCLUTION AND THAT WE ARE NOT INTITLED TO OUR SHARE OF ANY MONEYS FROM THE TWO (AT LEAST) WELLS ON THE PROPORTY AND DO WE HAVE ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE ANY SAY ABOUT FORCED POOLING SINCE WE WERE NOT NOTEFIDE ABOUT ANY OF THIS

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Bob,
I understand your frustration here in trying to sort this out - unfortunately in my opinion, the laws were written by the Operators and the responsibility of notifying the Operator of any transfers of ownership are placed with the landowner. Consequently, if you have not provided written notice to the Operator providing them with a copy of the recorded instrument that transferred the interests, then they are not held responsible for not paying the correct owners.
After the Operator receives the notification, as set forth above, then they have a certain number of days in which to respond to your letter.  
It is very important to send your letter by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, so that you can track the date they received your notice and when they respond.
Also, I suggest you reference any information on the prior owners' interest, such as their Owner No. with the Operator, and the Property (Well names) Names, so the Operator can easily identify the interest you are writing about.
Best of luck.
Thank you for allowing me to assist you.  

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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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