Prior to payment of royalties on a producing oil and gas well, an oil company will frequently require that the mineral owner cure certain title defects. These defects are usually explained in a “Division Order Title Opinion” drafted by the oil company’s attorney. Many times the curative work is as simple as obtaining an affidavit or having the parties sign a stipulation of interest agreeing to what each person owns.
Sometimes the curative work required by the oil company can be more complex such as probate of a deceased mineral owner or a quiet title action to determine the ownership of minerals when the ownership is in dispute. If you have been contacted by an oil company stating that you cannot be paid until this “curative work” has been done, give us a call. We have experience resolving these issues for clients and would be happy to look at any issues you may be facing in order for you to be paid.