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What To Do With Gifts of Oil, Gas, and Minerals

July 20, 2023 - Blake Singleton

When you receive gifts of oil, gas, and minerals, there are several options for what you can do with them. The appropriate course of action depends on your specific circumstances, goals, and preferences. Here are some possible options to consider:

  • Retain Ownership:

You can retain ownership of the oil, gas, or minerals which means you hold onto the rights and can explore, develop, or lease the resources yourself. However, this option requires knowledge of the industry, potential financial investments, and an understanding of the associated risks.

  • Lease or Sell the Rights:

If you prefer not to be directly involved in the exploration or production activities, you can lease or sell the rights to a development company. Leasing or selling allows you to generate income from the resources without operational responsibilities. Leasing provides recurring royalty payments, while selling transfers ownership and provides a lump sum payment.

  • Seek Professional Advice:

Considering the complexities of the oil, gas, and mineral industry, consulting with professionals like attorneys, accountants, or energy management companies can be beneficial. They can help you understand the value of resources, navigate legal requirements, negotiate agreements, and guide you through any decision-making processes.

  • Charitable Donations:

Consider donating some or all of the oil, gas, or mineral rights to charitable organizations or foundations. This option allows you to support causes you believe in and potentially receive tax benefits.

Remember, before making any decisions regarding gifts of oil, gas, and minerals, it's advisable to seek advice from professionals who specialize in the field to ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of the potential benefits, risks, and legal implications. If you, or the organization you work for, own or manage these types of assets, please contact the Peoples Company Energy Management team for a complete analysis of your mineral portfolio. To learn more about our services, please feel free to contact us.


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