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my great grandfather had oil wells back in 1923 in Arkansas. we as heirs are trying to find the royalties that were never paid out we had a title opinion done and we are still the mineral royalty holders the operator never put my grandfather down as the payee so we just don't know what to do can you also there is a open division order where they have pooled the wells and our land description is on there but still no money please help

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I am sorry for your problems but it seems that yours may now be legal. I am afraid I cannot do any kind of a search for you either; I can only offer advice. If you have a title opinion you should be able to provide it to the operator you feel owes you production royalties. Ask their legal department why they won't add you to their paydecks / pay back royalties / a settlement. Have your attorney get involved if you've gone through the expense of the title opinion. Have you checked MissingMoney.org on the off chance that there are unclaimed funds reported by this / an alternate operator? If there are then you should be able to back track and get on the current pay decks that way.  

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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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