My mother resides in Louisiana and has usufruct till her death, father's will probated in Louisiana, oil and gas royalties in Texas, did not do ancillary probate in Texas.
I understand she has the right to sign the leases and collect the monies. How do the naked owners know what leases are being signed? The division orders were signed after probate and JOP sent to them by her. How do we know she is paying the federal, local and state taxes on them? What can I do to ensure that the naked owners of the royalties do not loose the royalties on her failure to pay taxes, etc. The naked owners have not received anything from the oil and gas companies rendering the leases. This has been probated for 7 years.
Any help would be appreciated. She is in grave health now and I am wondering when she passes do I immediately contact the oil companies who hold the leases so no more checks are written in her name or do I hire an attorney now before it gets to that point so I know where I stand legally.
Thanks for all the help