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Issuing Accurate, Thorough Title Opinions

In Texas, New Mexico and other energy states, property interests are often fractioned, or divided, between surface owners, mineral owners, and even wind and solar rights owners. These fractional property interests, along with other issues involving leases, easements, liens and other encumbrances can delay oil and gas and renewable energy projects.

The first step in resolving ownership disputes is to obtain an accurate and thorough title opinion.

Title opinions are legal documents that clearly and accurately identify landownership. Without these opinions, landowners and oil and gas companies run the risk of future disputes, which can derail projects, causing substantial time delays and revenue loss.

Identifying Ownership Interests, Curing Title Defects

Wetsel & Lederle, LLP, located in Sweetwater, has substantial experience preparing title opinions for landowners, oil & gas companies, renewable energy companies, and other parties involved in the energy business in the Southwest. Over the years, the lawyers have developed the following title opinions:

  • Drilling opinions
  • Division order opinions
  • Lenders opinions
  • Acquisition opinions

When developing these opinions, the firm’s attorneys take a thorough approach. They carefully examine all deeds, leases and other agreements, as well as public records, and work with abstractors and landmen to accurately identify all parties with interests in the land and uncover any defects, or issues, in each party’s title. The firm then takes curative measures to clear encumbrances and other defects if necessary. Once ownership is clearly identified and defects are known, lease, royalty and access negotiations can begin.

Experts In Oil And Gas Law

Our firm has been a leader in the oil and gas industry for more than 40 years. Attorney Roderick Wetsel has been board-certified as an expert in oil, gas and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This fountain of industry knowledge and practical know-how translates into direct benefits for you.

When you turn to Wetsel & Lederle, LLP, you can rest assured that your title opinion will be thorough and accurate, and your rights as a property owner or an energy company will be protected.

To schedule a consultation with the firm, call 800-787-0784 or complete the online intake form.