My wife and I have been doing the research from my families mineral rights, who not only lived in Oklahoma, but also homesteaded New Mexico back in 1913 & 1915.
We have been researching what happened. We have spent a bunch of time in the Title company that is across the street from the Lea County courthouse (they just finished their new courthouse, across the street to the east but I can’t say whether or non in use yet).
I can give you TWO New Mexico attorneys to avoid but I won’t post their names here.
We used both of them and long story short we are on our third attorney. First one stole from us. The second one went from doing exactly what we asked to doing NOTHING that we asked, just went his own way.
NOW we are using a really great attorney here in San Angelo, Texas and she is licensed in the state of New Mexico.
Our claim is pretty complex, as the whole family involved were seven children (all long dead) that had approximately 840 acres owned. Back in 1948 they did a quiet title suit in Lea county to bring all the property/mineral rights back under the family name.
But that was 72 years ago. We are doing another quite title suit to clarify in current day mineral rights we still own.
We’ve been doing this, hit and miss since I retired back in 2013 and the wife joined me in research once she retired in 2016. We spent hours and hours at the Title company and the County Court house (look up info at Title Company - take that information over to the court house records department and you can get copies of EVERYTHING associated with your property).
We did an ABSTRACT that cost us about $2k on one of the parcels we owned and while it showed SOME of the info, they missed a lot.
It’s why my wife and I did a thorough search - and got all the info we needed, plus numerous leases signed over the years and by whom. But after starting this process, we are now approaching the end of the road. HOPEFULLY it’s all cleared up in the next couple of months by the judge telling us how many mineral rights the family owns and our part of that.
It’s not been cheap (HEY, two attorneys not doing their job cost us over $22k) and several years spent doing our research with lots of time back and forth from San Angelo to Hobbs (four hour drive) and then hours and hours of time spent looking at the Title company books and the County Court house records.
But hopefully we will get this all straightened out in the next few months and have the Lea County court give us their ruling on exactly what we own.