A well known oil and gas company contacted my family a little over a year ago about leasing minerals that belonged to my great grandfather. My great grandfather, grandfather and his son, my father, have all passed away. This leaves my sister and myself along with our mother.
The oil and gas company has sent my mother contracts(that are low). However...I've read the contracts and they are not between her and the oil company. They are between the family trust and the oil company with her signing as the trustee. In fact it names the family trust as legal heir to my great grandfather. I believe that my sister and I have no access to or ownership of this trust. and my mom seems confused that the mail she receives is to the family trust and not her.
My question is this. If the minerals are still under my great grandfather's name and deed of ownership has not been transferred, wouldn't that make my sister and I legal heirs or would my mother be legal heir who is not blood related? My understanding is my dad never had knowledge or legal ownership of the mineral rights.
The problem is that our family, that has always been close, is starting to get shaky the more everyone looks into this. The oil company convinced my mom for a few months to not tell her children about the contracts however her husband eventually told us. My mother has a personal lawyer, my sister is dating her lawyer and now, for some reason, they wont talk to me about any of it.
I would appreciate any knowledge, help or advice on this subject. Thank you sooo much