I have a an unique but yet complicated scenario.
A friend of mine was an adopted heir to mineral rights. The adopted heir has a sister who is the natural born daughter of the parents of the adopted heir. The father passes away and leaves everything to the wife. The daughter skips state, takes control of the mother who at the time was in her 80's and obtains a power of attorney. While the mother is living with the sister, the royalty checks are coming directly to her due to unknown terms through the elderly mother and power of attorney.
The mother dies, and according to the will, the adoptive heir has a big percentage of the mineral rights. For over 15 years the sister has been collecting royalty checks while the adopted heir was completed cut out going against the written will completely. When I asked my friend why he didn't pursue the issue he explains he didn't have money for legal representation.
Here recently my friend informed me that he found a landsman who has agreed to get to the bottom of the issue. By that I mean going up against the sister, sorting out the mineral rights and getting the adoptive heir what he deserves. I believe the landsman works independently therefore. My friend explain that everything can be solve for the adopted heir with a 70/30 ownership deal.
Is this a typical arrangement? Please if anyone has heard of this type of scenario or solution please give me suggestions. I'm willing to listen to any suggestions on anything mentioned.