Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Protecting Your Rights When Landmen Come Knocking

Breeda O’Leary, Esq.

Have you received a knock on your door from an unknown company wanting to lease your mineral rights with the promise of royalty payments and signing bonuses?   Oil and gas exploration is steadily rising throughout the state of Michigan.  Representatives of oil and gas companies (“Landmen”) are out knocking on doors throughout the state in hopes of securing leases to property owners’ subsurface mineral rights.  As with any “traveling salesman,” take caution in what they are selling. 

Unsuspecting landowners may be surprised by and satisfied with the small signing bonuses and minimal royalty payments offered by Landmen; however, it is imperative that landowners consult with a qualified attorney to review their rights and options.  The leases presented by these companies often contain terms that are vague and unfavorable to landowners and their property rights.

West Bay Exploration Company, Jordan Development Company, and Encana Oil and Gas are just a few companies actively pursuing leases throughout the state.  A qualified attorney can review proposed leases and offer a variety of services.  A simple review could prevent unfavorable or ambiguous lease terms.  An experienced attorney could also assist landowners by being their point of contact with Landmen and negotiating the best possible lease terms.

The experienced attorneys of Fausone Bohn, LLP, have reviewed numerous oil and gas leases for clients and successfully negotiated higher royalty payments and signing bonuses, in addition to protecting our clients’ rights to use and enjoy their property.  

If you are approached by an oil and gas company, it is imperative that you contact the experienced team of Fausone Bohn, LLP, who has the knowledge and experience necessary to protect your interests.  Please contact Breeda O’Leary-Holder at (248) 380-0000 extension 3221 or by email,  Visit our website at

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