We are looking for any advice/help regarding our land we own in Dimmit County. We have found out after negotiating a SWD lease earlier this year that another individual/company has a larger plot of land that they purchased in 2007 that includes the two lots/10 acres total that we own. After making several contacts and being assured the land was ours, we finally had local tax/appraisal offices find the issue and the long and short of it is that we both have the deed to the land wth no real good explanation.
The land has been in our family for decades and this company has owned it since 2007 and was originally purchased in 2005... We have a longer standing in ownership, but I am unfamiliar in Texas laws, or if there is a way we could have the land taken out from us without prior notice or foreclosure of which we never received. I am not for sure how quick claim deeds work either? From records in Dimmit, both us and other "owners" have paid taxes on the land and they have both down separately to have deeds to the land.
We have not lost our Mineral rights, but have lost out on a lucrative SWD lease that we negotiated in January and have been told that we don't have much of a shot of proving or winning back our surface rights to the land... (we just don't know if that is true or if our lawyer is not willing to get into this battle?)
We certainly want to fight this if we have the opportunity to win, but don't want to get caught up in a costly legal battle with little or no guarantee of winning?
Anyone that has been through this or heard of this type of thing happening, we would appreciate your input/advice as we don't wish to pay high costs to try to win our case. We have a lot of unanswered questions and want to make sure we have exhausted all options of making sure the land we have inherited and have paid taxes on ends up being OUR LAND...