Oil and Gas Representation of Landowners
Oil and Gas Attorneys Representing Landowners in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio
In oil and gas, Rothman Gordon represents landowners in not only negotiating and drafting agreements but also oil and gas litigation and estate matters. Our experience includes:
- Reviewing and explaining oil and gas leases;
- Drafting and negotiating oil and gas leases and addenda;
- Negotiating and preparing right of way agreements;
- Negotiating and preparing surface use agreements;
- Reviewing and negotiating seismic testing agreements;
- Eminent domain proceedings regarding pipelines;
- Litigation of termination of leases;
- Litigation of quiet title actions;
- Litigation over breach of contract matters, including breach of joint operating agreements;
- Setting up Limited Family Partnership Trusts to own properties and distribute royalties; and
- Handling estate matters for landowners.
Our attorneys are admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia and are here to help you from your first contact with the oil and gas company through planning for you and your family's future.
Leases, Right of Way Agreements, and Surface Use Agreements for Landowners
Producers are leasing land across the Commonwealth. Opportunists are offering to be agents for large fees to flip leases to producers. Pipeline companies are seeking easements. Before signing anything, you should understand: What surface and underground rights are you signing away? How are your royalties calculated? What taxes will you pay? What is the primary term? How will producers extend that term? What does pooling and unitization mean to an owner? What can happen to your surface, including its market value and ability to mortgage? What is a right of way agreement and should you have one? What is a surface use agreement and should you have one? What is a seismic testing agreement and should you sign one? Oil and gas documents are complex and rarely formulaic. Seeking experienced counsel before you sign them is a prudent decision.
Marcellus is a boon to our economy. With so much money involved, there will be disputes over mineral & gas rights, lease terms, property damage, and environmental remediation. Our attorneys can review old leases to determine if they are still enforceable or whether a new lease can be made to reap higher signing bonuses, royalty percentages, shut-in fees and a variety of protections that are being offered, and, if necessary, litigate on your behalf.
Our lawyers have long been experienced in assisting individuals in transferring wealth from generation to generation at the lowest income and estate tax cost. Marcellus bonus payments and royalties are no different. Whether you own 10 acres or 10,000 acres, Rothman Gordon’s attorneys can assist you in developing a plan to pass this wealth onto future generations and minimize the tax implications. Our seasoned attorneys have represented numerous landowners. We can help you navigate your way.
Our attorneys are available to speak to your group, to address any issues or questions that you may have with regard to oil and gas rights, obligations and tax issues. Contact us to learn more.
We are pleased to share Oil and Gas Leases: Landowners Most Frequently Asked Questions for download.
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