Before obtaining an oil and gas lease, drilling a well, or making payments under a division order, the person or company determines who owns title to the surface, mineral, and royalty and working interests in the land. Title is typically determined by a title opinion, which an attorney’s written legal opinion is based upon an examination of the real property records in the county where the land is located. The opinion often requires that curative instruments be obtained before the property interest is purchased, drilled on, or revenue payments are made.
When it comes to requirements the owner will need to speak to the division order analyst who handles that area or well. Always recommend that the owner consult an attorney practicing in the respective state in which the property is located.