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Landowner Rights in Conflict – The Issue of Forced Pooling

Forced pooling has been a hot courtroom issue of late in oil and gas producing regions. At issue is the balance between efficient retrieval of minerals and individual property rights. Since pooling is governed at the state level, there are ...
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Private Investigators: Here Are Some Tips on Using Public Records in Your Work

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 07/17/2019
  • Legal
Public records are the low-hanging fruit that no private investigator (PI) should pass up. A variety of documents is included under this umbrella, many of which can add preliminary data to your surveillance or round out a report. 
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What Is Equitable Title and When Would I Need It?

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 05/22/2019
  • Legal
Property law can become quite convoluted in countries with sophisticated land laws. Equitable title is a concept that occurs in such an environment. Unlike legal title, equitable title carries fewer rights to a piece of land and the entity ...
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Mysteries in the Title Plant: Lis Pendens, Chattel Mortgages, and Pooling Agreements

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 05/01/2019
  • Legal
You may have heard of a “title plant,” or maybe you call it an abstract plant. If you perform title searches on a regular basis, you probably have an idea what it is. But since they are full of legal documents, there can be an air of ...
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AAPL Form 610-2015 Model Joint Operating Agreement – What You Should Know

The AAPL Form 610-2015 Model Form Joint Operating Agreement was released in response to technological and legal changes that have occurred since the form’s last update in 1989. It could take until 2020 for full adoption of the 2015 version ...
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How Do Liens Affect Real Estate Sales?

How is a real estate sale affected by a lien on the property? Certain types of liens may have an impact when you sell or when you buy. A thorough title search can uncover any clouds on a title, including various types of liens that have ...
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What is an Abstract of Judgment and How Can You Find One Online?

One obstacle to a clean title is an Abstract of Judgment, which is a method of placing a lien on real property to pay a legal judgment. If an individual in a lawsuit receives a financial responsibility, any real property is used as ...
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What is the Pugh Clause and How Does it Affect Oil Leases?

If you aren’t careful, a Pugh Clause may be a tripwire for the unaware in an oil or gas lease contract. The Pugh Clause is named for a Louisiana attorney, Lawrence Pugh, who took on Shell Oil in 1947 on behalf of a lessor.
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What are Easements and Rights of Way?

It’s a rare piece of property that has no need to allow encroachment of any kind. In most municipalities and counties as well as at the state and federal level, parts of most land parcels must be given over to use by someone other than the ...
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Negotiating Oil and Gas Leases: How to Make the Deal

Negotiating oil and gas leases is like many other negotiation activities. Most landowners don't work with oil and gas leases very often while landmen are highly knowledgeable. However, this is a contract negotiation, and both sides must ...
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