Oil and Gas

Oil and gas law involves resolving disputes over royalties or mineral ownership, examining and negotiating oil and gas contracts, and preparing and reviewing title opinions for producers and mineral owners.

Disputes between mineral owners and production companies can involve disagreements over royalty payments or fair market value of oil and gas. Mineral ownership issues can arise when mineral rights have been improperly conveyed during purchase or at death causing multiple people to have a claim to the same interest. Disputes such as these often result in litigation so it is important you have an experienced professional representing your interests.

Oil and gas contracts and leases are legal agreements between mineral owners and production companies. These documents can often be complicated and confusing if you are not an oil and gas professional. Negotiating these agreements requires considerable experience and knowledge of current oil and gas practices.

Oil and Gas

  • Drilling Title Opinions
  • Division Order Title Opinions
  • Specialty Title Opinions
  • Oil and Gas Lease Review
  • Mineral Ownership
  • Title Curative
  • Oil and Gas Ownership Disputes
  • Oil and Gas Litigation
  • Contract and Conveyance Interpretation
  • Quiet Title and Heirship Determination
  • Affidavits
  • Mineral Deed Preparation
  • Assignment Preparation
  • Acquisition Opinions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Oil and Gas Law

Title opinions are in depth written reports created for both producers and mineral owners prior to drilling an oil or gas well. Title opinions involve extensive research into the history and ownership rights of the land. Title opinions also recommend actions that need to be taken to remove clouds from title and resolve other ownership issues. Often there may be hundreds of people who have a share in an oil and gas well so it is imperative that title opinions are done by experienced professionals.

The oil and gas industry is the backbone of Oklahoma’s economy and the experienced attorneys at Hartsfield & Egbert Law Firm take great pride in helping mineral owners, land management companies, and production companies to protect their investments and prosper.

Curative Title Work

If you have been told you have a title issue with either your surface or mineral interests we can help. Many clients find out they have a title issue with their mineral interests when their royalties are suspended. Often you may just need curative instruments prepared that can remove any title defects. However, sometimes your title issue can’t be fixed by documents alone and you may need to institute a Quiet Title action.

A Quiet Title action is a lawsuit which establishes ownership of property (to include land, buildings, or mineral rights). Quiet Titles are necessary when multiple people have claims to the same piece of property. By performing a Quiet Title action, the competing claims are “quieted” and the court determines the legal owner of the property.

Quiet Titles may also be necessary when there is a “cloud” on the title. Generally, if there is any reason the property owner might have to defend their ownership in Court, the title is considered clouded. This can occur when properties are not properly conveyed during a purchase or after death.

The attorneys at Hartsfield & Egbert Law Firm have years of experience performing Curative Title Work and counseling clients on issues relating to their surface and mineral interests. If you think there may be problems with the title to your land, home, or mineral rights, call Hartsfield & Egbert Law Firm today and let our experienced attorneys help you.