I have a unique question for regarding an oil and gas lease out of Ohio.
It is regarding my father who signed a lease with the Oil & Gas Co. in 2017. My fathers property was never in his name, after he married in 2013 the property still remained in his wife's maiden name, nor was he added to it.
His wife has now since passed away in 2016 and now he has passed away recently in 2018. Prior to my fathers passing (days before) I contacted the Oil & Gas Co. and asked about the lease and that my father was very ill. Before they would speak much to me they requested I send them, his Wife's Death Certificate, the Durable Power of Attorney that I had on my father, showing me as the "Executor", and a W-9 with all my fathers information on it but with my signature at the bottom with "POA" next to it.
Once that was sent, the Oil & Gas Co. gave me the thumbs up and said they would place my name on the lease in some fashion or another,...??...I don't remember the term they gave for what my "title" on the lease would be but that I would be placed on it.
Now, I guess my question to is....can anyone, like my fathers wife's children, who are greedy as hell take the lease rights away from me if they were to get the property deeded over into their names and keep me off of it? Because the only name on the O&G lease would be my fathers name and myself.
Would the Oil & Gas Co. allow that to happen? Would they even speak to anyone else about the lease or anything pertaining to it when their names are not on the lease, even thought they may own the property eventually??
I really appreciate any all help with this!!