Hi R. W. Kennedy,
This is a very helpful thought and makes great sense to me. I don’t know if my mother owned the surface or just the royalty interest, since I don’t keep a copy of her Will. I was young when my mother passed; and both my sister and myself have moved several times since then. My uncle told us 20 years ago that the remaining assets on these oil properties would just eventually dissolve. But it never happened, in fact these oil properties continually produce $5,500 - $6,000 annually over the last 8 years.
Do you have any advice to what kind of experience the person needs in order to draw up a good purchase contract for me on these oil properties? I only have a good real estate broker, but I don’t think that’s what I need in this case…or do I? Thank you in advance for your help.
r w kennedy said:
I think you can hire the talent and experience to draw up a good purchase contract. and all the trustee will be required to do is sign and notorize it and send you and your sister your checks. Then the trustee can do what he was going to do after the Texas co bought the minerals, except possibly take that vacation cruise to Alaska (or wherever) for choosing a particular company that did not make the highest offer. If these minerals ( you never said if you owned surface, or I missed it ) are the remainder of the trust, after you have purchased them, your relative can dissolve the trust as he wishes. I'd just be firm and tell your relative that you want those minerals. I am not a tax lawyer but I'm pretty sure neither is your uncle. You will have capitol gains tax whoever buys the minerals, won't you? 1/2 of $20,000 is $10,000 X 15% = $1500, that I suppose you would have to pay whether you are the purchaser or not. I think you should talk to a good CPA also. My opinion is that if you want them and can afford them , you should buy the minerals. Ditto to Ms. Malone's reply. Good luck whatever you do.