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The History of Mineral Rights

Mineral rights, the right to develop and produce a variety of minerals from the beneath the ground, have gone from belonging to the monarchy to private hands depending on the part of the world under consideration. Mineral rights were ...
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What is a Landman, Anyway?

A landman works for companies that perform gas and oil exploration and production. A landman researches titles and mineral rights to negotiate with property owners for those mineral rights on behalf of a company wishing to exploit the ...
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Evolution of Land Title Acquisition

Nothing has sustained its value since the beginning of civilization like land. Land ownership has long been considered the pinnacle of success. Monarchs owned all the land in their kingdoms. Knights were awarded land for service to the ...
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What is a Plat Map? The Basics You Should Know

When you buy or sell a home or if you decide to dabble in real estate, you may see the term “plat map.” 
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What Does a Field Right-of-Way Agent Do?

A field right-of-way agent is a land professional with legal expertise regarding property rights. Third parties, both private and governmental, engage field right-of-way agents to assist with land acquisition and the legal aspects of a ...
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Land Patent FAQ, Part 2: How to File a Land Patent

A land patent is the only form of proof of absolute title to land in the United States. It protects the landowner from claimants of co-ownership as well as the United States government.
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What's the Difference Between Mineral Deeds and Royalty Deeds?

If a landowner wishes to benefit financially from minerals lying below the surface, the owner can split or sever the property into two separate interests — the surface and the mineral-rich portion beneath it. The surface estate can then be ...
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How CourthouseDirect.com Can Help Oil and Gas Professionals

Attending the North American Prospect Expo, better known as NAPE, was an exhilarating experience, as always. Summer NAPE is the world’s largest exploration and production exposition and summer 2018 was its 25th anniversary.
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Your Guide to a Successful Summer NAPE

The North American Prospect Expo (NAPE) is celebrating its 25th anniversary and CourthouseDirect.com is going to be there. This year, Summer NAPE 2018 is August 15 - 16 in Houston, TX, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
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Is There a Federal Tax on Mineral Rights?

Owning land with valuable natural resources beneath the surface comes with the opportunity for an income stream from leasing or selling the mineral rights. The Boston Tea Party notwithstanding, federal taxes on income of any kind has ...
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