Our story is this: My sister and I are receiving division orders for owned interest in the Tina and Ferguson horizontals, of which there are quite a few. They sent two copies to be signed, I assume one for each of the two heirs. After the listings (Newfield) there follows this clause:
"***DOTO-This interest is subject to a title defect. Execution of this Division Order is required for release of suspended funds and to waive need for additional documentation."
What the heck does this mean? The way I read it, (and as both of the heirs and a capable land man have not succeeded in finding written evidence of our continued ownership, or written evidence of sale of same)… am I to understand that just signing the Division Orders will magically make discrepancies disappear? What if my grandparents gifted these shares to someone in a drunken stupor one Saturday night decades ago? (Sorry grandma, its a figure of speech!) All of the interest types (which are QUITE small) are followed by the three red asterisks denoting the quoted statement above. Will my signature “waive need for additional documentation?” Our main inheritance was in Texas, where probate was needed. But in Oklahoma we did not do probate. The deed for the larger portion of producing mineral rights was quite clear. But these tiny fractions of contiguous sections are a mystery. What if, after years of receiving our little checks, someone claims that they are actually the owners, and they are correct?
We have been receiving a constant stream of offers to buy these tiny portions of Garvin County, as well as notifications of hearings before the Commission requesting various forms of relief for existing wells. If we don’t actually own the rights, why are all these other entities constantly notifying us?
In the interest of finishing my annoying questions I will stop. And I really appreciate anyone’s knowledge or, even better, similar experience!