i posted this in the legal forum but maybe should have posted here.
My sister, cousins and I have received an unsolicited offer to purchase mineral rights to property that we (supposedly) inherited. The property was owned by my grandmother’s nephew who never married or had children. The person who contacted us stated that the property reverts to the nephew’s parents and their siblings which then bring in my grandmother and her family. He thought that 32 people could be part of this inheritance chain.
The property is in Reagan County Texas and was put into receivership with the county clerk last year. The clerk established a 3 year lease with an oil company. They drilled a horizontal well and are producing oil and gas starting in October. I found monthly average (6 months) oil production numbers of 10255 BBL (production) and 10141 BBL (disposition). The monthly average for Casinghead gas is 20083 MCF (production and disposition).
I am trying to decide if I should sell my interest – if I have one. Is the described inheritance chain correct? How can I establish the value of our mineral rights? What monthly income is expected based on the production numbers provided? The lease stipulates a “royalty” payment at ¼ (one quarter) the market value at the mouth of the well. So far, no payments have been made to the county for royalties. The county has only received an initial lease bonus of $25,600. Are the heirs entitled to a share of this bonus?
I suspect legal fees may be costly.
Is it worth the cost to obtain title for our share of mineral rights?
Thanks in advance for any advice