Understanding And Protecting Mineral Interests
Mineral rights owners throughout California can turn to Pledger Law, PC, to assist with their legal needs. Our experienced attorney understands the issues that accompany mineral rights ownership and is prepared to assist with matters related to oil and gas leasing, title issues, and surface-use compatibility. She brings 20 years of experience to the task of equipping clients to protect their mineral rights.
Help For Out-Of-State Owners Of Mineral Rights
If you live outside of California but have an ownership interest in oil and gas interests here, you may find it challenging to deal with issues involving your property. We often help owners with questions involving oil and gas leases that they may have received through probate and who may have little understanding concerning their property. We can help you, explain what your ownership interest entitles you to and how you may preserve, assign or sell your interests.
About Mineral Rights
We provide personalized counsel while assisting mineral rights owners with the following services and related issues.
- Reviewing oil and gas leases – Oil and gas leases are typically one-sided in favor of the oil producer, necessitating lease negotiation to balance provisions and protect the mineral owner’s rights. We will help you negotiate oil and gas leases, and, if necessary, we will review and prepare these documents for you.
- Title issues – We can help to transfer title interests into the name of new owners or heirs of an estate. We can also clean up a title through quiet title actions.
- Oil and gas lease disputes – Disputes can arise with other mineral owners, surface owners, and oil and gas producers. We can assist in the interpretation of leases to resolve disputes or, if needed, go to court to protect your mineral rights.
- Compatibility issues – Surface use issues can arise when real estate developers, solar or wind power companies, or other entities seek potential incompatible uses that may affect oil and gas mineral owners or producers. We can review and negotiate the terms of surface waivers, unit agreements, pooling agreements and other documents to ensure your rights are protected.