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Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING A QUESTION. I can answer all questions related to oil and gas ownership, mineral interests and working interests concerning the leasing and selling of your minerals, any questions concerning pipeline ROW's, units with the Louisiana Department of Conservation; pooling provisions, depth limitations, vertical or horizontal pugh clauses; and oil and gas terminology. I can offer assistance in negotiating for leasing your property, assisting in locating owners of suspended funds. I am only able to answer questions regarding oil and gas leases, minerals, royalties, or offers to purchase mineral/royalty interests if I have complete information. Please provide a full legal description for your interest(s). If the question pertains to a lease, please include all terms of any current (or desired) lease offers, including lease bonus amount, royalty and lease term. If the question is regarding a mineral or royalty interest offer to purchase, please provide the offer amount, date of offer, other offer terms, and further details on the mineral/royalty interest, such as lease terms, and if producing, the average monthly income. Since I receive numerous inquiries daily, I am only able to answer your questions efficiently and effectively if I have complete information. I must decline any questions submitted with incomplete information. If your question is non-technical in nature and you simply need assistance understanding an oil and gas matter, please submit your question with as much information and detail as possible. Any background information that has led to your question is also very helpful.

Experience in the area

I have over 29 years experience as an Independent Petroleum Landman. I became a Landman after working as a paralegal for Oil & Gas Attorneys for 8 years. My first 2 years were spent specializing in Well History and Research with the Louisiana Department of Conservation, then moving into clearing title defects and handling title curative for oil and gas properties for the next 6 years. Subsequent thereto, I handled title issues, buying oil and gas leases and settling surface damages. I also acquired acreage for drilling prospects in excess of 10,000 acres. I also became a mineral/royalty owner commencing in 2004 and have found that I can help many people when they have reached the point in their lives they feel converting their minerals or royalties into a cash asset benefits them.

Organizations

American Association for Professional Landmen, ArkLaTex Assoc. of Professional Landmen, and Dallas Association of Professional Landmen (DAPL), Certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)- South. This certification is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. This designation is reserved for only those women-led businesses that exemplify the characteristics of integrity and professionalism to which the WBENC adheres to so strictly.

Education/Credentials

Attended LSU, became a Certified Professional Landman in 1994; Notary Public with dual authority in multiple parishes in North Louisiana; Bilingual in English and Greek

Awards and Honors

Expert Oil & Gas Professional assisting attorneys representing landowners. Involved in 2 lawsuits and both suits were awarded to the landowner.

Past/Present Clients

Consultant Landman for Texas Oil & Gas (TXO Production Corp.), Anadarko Petroleum, Comstock Resources,Independent Geologists, Pipeline ROW Clients, and Oil & Gas Attorneys. For the past 2 years my practice is limited to advocacy for the landowner. I also assist royalty owners recover suspended payments or incorrect royalty payments.

What do you like about this subject?

I love the excitement of the chase. The research required to uncover the facts; meeting new people and new situations; the unbelievable numbers that you only see in the oil and gas business; and learning, and learning and learning. In this business, there is always more to learn.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I've already achieved more than I had ever dreamed or imagined. I have already found "the needle in the haystack", not just once, but several times. I would love to have a geology degree and had enrolled at our local university a few years ago. However, my work and family schedule was not conducive to pursuing -I was working 10-12 hour days 6 -7 days a week and felt the timing was not right.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are so many facets in the oil and gas industry. It takes a Team of Engineers, Geologists, Landmen, Surveyors to get a well drilled - and there is no guarantee a well will produce.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Why is the U.S. the largest importer of LNG (liquified natural gas) when its supply exceeds that of any other country in the world?

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Recent Answers from Laura M. FitzGerald, CPL

2015-03-24 Mineral Deed:

Kathy,  An unrecorded Deed is not ineffective as to the parties, but is ineffective for third party notice.  I'm not sure what the public records reflect, insofar as the ownership, but this would be best

2015-03-04 Lease/Mineral interest:

Chris,  There are several different manners in which an unleased owner is entitled to recover what is owed them as a result of a well being drilled in which they have an unleased interest, all based on

2015-02-24 Oi/Gas News:

Mr. Spivey,  My research in Clay County, TX, around Blks 94 and 95 does not provide any new permits filed.      You can go to the Texas Railroad Commission site at www.rrc.state.tx.us/oil-gas/ to look

2015-02-13 Mineral lease:

Joyce,  I would recommend that you not accept the first offer someone makes.  Usually, the initial offer is not the highest offer.  You did not indicate how many acres you own, but that is helpful to know

2015-02-03 Working interest:

Brian,  I am unable to offer you any tax advice.  I would suggest you ask a CPA about this.  They should be able to answer your question without a doubt!    Best of luck and thank you for your inquiry

 

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