Your team is doing an awesome job! It's a relief to see progress with the companies on the deductions. There was a point where I really lost hope on this issue, your law-firm is rejuvenating that hope. Thank you. - Current Client in Regards to Improper Royalty Deduction Action, April 2013
A Landowner Review of the Show:
We were excited to hear that you would be featured on WVIA's Business Week, which we often watch. Well tonight we both, along with viewers from all around NEPA, had the pleasure of enjoying your interview with Bill Kelly. We love the stories of your youth and your growing up in farm country and the steel mills. You did a great job. We look forward to viewing additional showings too.
Doug it is so wonderful to hear your testimony and dedication to family and hard work. That you have not lost sight of your solid honest values despite being immersed in the vast legal world is wonderful. Your passion to help folks is so admirable. How very fortunate are those of us who have met you and Marceea and experienced your adroit representation and navigation through the minefields of the Marcellus Shale issues. We continue to seek your counsel and so appreciate your integrity and warmth, hard work, clarity and astute guidance. Because of what and who you are, folks like us can feel good about working with you, and so much more secure and reassured about dealing with the gas industry.
So BRAVO!! and kudos to the entire Clark Law Firm, Marceea, Doug, your two sons and Vanessa! We are proud to know you and pleased for your well deserved success.
With warm regards,
M. & D. E.
The daunting process of wading through Oil and Gas Leases and lease addendum that read like legal riddles is enough to leave anyone overwhelmed. However, with the proper information and trustworthy guidance from an experienced Oil and Gas Lease lawyer working for you, every landowner can find the answers to make the right decision on oil and gas leasing for their individual situation.
Initially, we believe every Utica or Marcellus Shale landowner must educate themselves to determine whether entering into an Oil and Gas Lease is right for them. My experience as a lawyer in oil and gas leasing has revealed that landowners often share similar concerns and fears. For example:
Fortunately, many of these oil and gas leasing issues and other valid concerns can be addressed to the landowners’ satisfaction through education and the negotiation of detailed addendum by a lawyer at The Clark Law Firm, experienced in oil and gas leasing and Pennsylvania oil and gas law.
Oil and Gas Lease Addendum, or Riders, are critical clauses that are negotiated and added to standard Oil and Gas Leases that seek to specifically address landowner concerns such as:
The Oil and Gas Lease Addendum is often the most important part of the leasing document for any landowner. An oil and gas lawyer should fight and negotiate the strongest possible Oil and Gas Lease for the property owner.
However, despite any oil and gas lawyer’s best efforts, all the Marcellus Shale landowner’s concerns may not be entirely eliminated. Certainly an effective Oil and Gas Lease lawyer can drastically reduce the natural gas company’s activities and control of your land, but this still may not make the Oil and Gas Lease acceptable to each individual landowner. Leasing your Marcellus Shale gas rights is an individual decision that a property owner should complete only after fully understanding what is contained in their proposed Oil and Gas Lease, and determining whether the terms offered within the Oil and Gas Lease are sufficient to address or outweigh any concerns they may have.
Too many of our region's landowners have entered into Oil and Gas Leases without a full understanding of the techniques that a gas company can use to extend their lease term or hold their entire property under lease while the landowner receives few or no royalty payments for several years at a time. Every landowner must be aware of how Oil and Gas Lease terms can possibly negatively impact their property for generations.
However, some fears may remain and the landowner alone is ultimately left with the decision if leasing is right for their property.
We maintain as a fundamental principle that no Pennsylvania landowner should give up any Marcellus Shale gas rights associated with their land unless they are fully informed and completely comfortable with their decision. Knowledge and education are the foundation for making the right decision for each individual landowner. With this foundation, landowners will maximize their oil and gas leasing benefits and always make the right decision.
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