Hi I'm a fractional mineral rights owner in West Virginia. I along with other descendants have a fractional lease. This past week I was notified that there was a notice in the local paper. It was filed by the land owner who also owns most of the mineral rights. I think he is contesting the ownership of the mineral rights. There are lots of fractional owners of mineral rights here. So does this mean that the court goes back to books and trys to detemine who is right? Does one need a lawyer to defend your case or is this just something the court works thru and they let you know what they think? This was not something the family sought out the gas and oil company found us. I don't know what you do when there is a simple legal notice in the paper and no other notification. Does anyone have a clue here? This is new to me. I'm not sure our small part is worth a legal battle over it. Any thoughts?
Thanks for helping.