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About Our Basic Landman Education Class

Basic Landman Course and Skills

 

Landman Seminars USA provides Courses designed to teach the Petroleum Landman knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and enhance the Landman’s competency and performance in their profession.

If you have a laptop, please bring it, we’ll work with software too.  Contact Landman Seminars USA if you need overnight accommodations, there are numerous options for food and lodging.  If you wish to attend email your name, phone number and intention to attend to us.

 

In this Petroleum Landman Education Seminar you gain a full understanding of:

 

-Mineral ownership research

-Special instruction in the use of Excel and Access for your runsheet and reporting forms

-Indexing and beginning record searches

-title chains, flowcharts, leasehold take-offs and runsheets

-Plotting field notes by hand plots and software deed-plots

-Testate or intestate succession

-Adverse possession

-Components of the oil, gas and mineral lease

-Negotiating skills

-Understanding of conveyances and land descriptions

-Title curatives

-The Duhig Rule and other complexities

-The mineral/royalty interest distinction

-NPRI's, easements, leases and other estates in land

-Basic Principles and Document Interpretation

A Landman Seminars USA Manual will be given to each student to use as a workbook during class and to take home for further references.

Introduction

 

Our Landman classes teach you the principles of land abstracting, and oil and gas leasing.  This includes hands-on guidance .  You will learn to plot field notes, begin and complete a title search and learn the reporting process.

 

Table of Contents

 

NANCY'S RULES 4

1. INTRODUCTION TO PETROLEUM LANDMAN TRAINING 6

      OVERVIEW OF THE JOB: LAND TITLE RESEARCH 8

      TASKS YOU WILL PERFORM: KNOW THEM!  13

       LANDMAN ETTIQUETTE  15

       Tools of the Trade - Briefcase stuffers  17

3. BASIC PRINCIPLES OF REAL ESTATE  18

       FEE SIMPLE  18

       LIENS, LIFE ESTATES AND COMMUNITY AND SEPARATE PROPERTY ESTATES  19

       LIFE ESTATES  20

       COMMUNITY PROPERTY  21

       LEASEHOLD ESTATES  22

       LICENSE  22

       ADVERSE POSSESSION  23

      STATE AND FEDERAL LANDS (TEXAS), AFTER-ACQUIRED TITLE AND STRIPS AND GORES  24

4. THE STRUCTURE OF THE RECORDING SYSTEM  26

      THE GRANTORIGRANTEE INDEX  27

      THIS HISTORY OF THE TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE  28

      MINERALS UNDER STATE OF TEXAS RELINQUISHMENT LANDS  28

5. THE MECHANICS OF RECORDING DOCUMENTS AND SEARCHING TITLE  30

      PART B: CHAINS OF TITLE  31

      PART C: AN ABSTRACT OF TITLE (or "RUNSHEET")  33

      CURATIVE (See the complete section on Curative on Page 95.)  33

      SEARCHING TAX RECORDS  34

6. LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS  35

      METES AND BOUNDS  36

      TOWNSHIP AND RANGE (RECTANGULAR SURVEY) SYSTEM  39

      Type of Description and Community PropertyIDowerICurtesy  42

      EXAMPLES OF COMMON LEGAL DESCRIPTIONS  45

      WRITE A LEGAL DESCRIPTION USING THIS WARRANTY DEED INFORMATION  47

7. MAPPING AND DEED PLOTTING  48

 

TOBIN MAP  51

8. CONVEYANCES (TRANSFERS OF INTEREST)  52

      STATUTORY MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR A CONVEYANCE  55

       WHY ELEMENTS ARE IMPORTANT  55

       CONVEYING LAND USING A POWER OF ATTORNEY  57

       CONVEYING MINERAL OWNERSHIP THROUGH DECREE  57

9. RESERVATIONS AND CONVEYANCES OF MINERAL INTERESTS  59

      DUHIG RULE  59

      The "Subject to" Clause  60

       UNDIVIDED INTEREST AND MINERAL ACRES  62

10. BOOTS ON THE GROUND: How to start and conduct the Search  64

       IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING DOCUMENT INTERPRETATION  64

       TAKING EACH DOCUMENT ON IT'S OWN MERITS  65

        FOUR CORNERS RULE  67

        SEARCHING TAX RECORDS  67

        WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN TO YOUR RUNSHEET  67

11. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IN INSTRUMENT ANALYSIS  70

12. ANATOMY OF A MINERAL TAKE-OFF, SEARCH and THE FLOWCHART  77

13. ILLUSTRATIONS OF TAKE OFF FORMS  79

14. PREPARING AND UNDERSTANDING YOUR FLOWCHART  83

15. AHA! I GET IT! - Understanding the difference between Minerals and Royalty  87

16. YOUR ASSIGNMENT: IS IT MINERAL TITLE OR RUNSHEET TITLE?  90

       WHEN YOUR ASSIGNMENT IS A MINERAL REPORT  91

       WHEN YOUR ASSIGNMENT IS A COMPLETE RUNSHEET  92

       WHEN YOUR ASSIGNMENT IS A LEASE TAKE-OFF  93

       YOUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE  95

17. TITLE CURATIVE: Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like  96

       TITLE OPINIONS  96

        CONTENTS OF A TITLE OPINION  99

        AFFIDAVITS 101  100

        RATIFICATIONS  101

        LANDMAN'S STATEMENT  102

18. DESCENT AND DISTRIBUTION AND THE PROBATE CODE  112

       Intestate Succession in Texas, a Community Property State  112

       Per Stirpes vs Per Capita  114

       PROBATE CODE  115

       ADOPTION  116

 

Intestate Succession law in Louisiana, a CurtesyIBower State  117

       DISTRIBUTION TO HALF BLOODS AND WHOLE BLOODS  122

19. CALCULATING INTERESTS IN A WELL  124

       WORKING INTEREST  124

       REVENUE INTEREST  124

20. THE OIL, GAS AND MINERAL LEASE  127

       THE HISTORY OF THE LEASE  127

        PROVISIONS OF A LEASE  128

        MOST FAVORED NATIONS CLAUSES  130

        PUGH CLAUSE  130

        A WORD ABOUT UNITIZATION  131

        THE STANDARD PRODUCER'S 88 LEASE  131

        THE OIL AND GAS LEASE AS A PART OF YOUR RUNSHEET  132

         RECEIVERSHIPS: "I CAN'T FIND MY MINERAL OWNER"  132

         OIL, GAS, AND MINERAL LEASE AND THE CONCEPT OF "HELD BY PRODUCTION" (HBP)  134

21. CREATING YOUR RUNSHEET  140

        DIRECTIONS FOR INPUTTING INTO EACH CATEGORY OF YOUR RUNSHEET  140

        CERTIFICATION DATE  145

22. CONVEYING RIGHTS OF WAY AND EASEMENTS  147

        MAKING A DETERMINATION OF MINERAL OWNERSHIP  149

23. LET'S TALK ABOUT RIGHT OF WAY AGENTS  151

        THE WORK OF A RIGHT OF WAY AGENT  151

         PRIMARY RESPONSIBILILTY OF THE RIGHT OF WAY AGENT  153

         GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE WORK  153

         MAINTENANCE OF RECORDS  154

         SURVEY PERMITTING AND MAPPING ASSISTANCE  154

         ROUTE SELECTION  154

         TITLE SEARCH  156

         APPRAISAL AND LAND VALUE ANALYSIS  156

         WRITING A LEGAL DESCRIPTION FOR AN EASEMENT  157

         ACQUISITION OF RIGHT OF WAY AND NEGOTIATIONS  158

        DUE DILIGENCE AND UPDATING RECORDS  158

        SITE ACQUISITION AGENTS  158

24. HOW TO MAKE AND REPORT A SITE VISIT  160

25. ETHICS - An Important Factor In Every Single Day  162

26. BOOTS ON THE GROUND: PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF YOUR SKILLS  165

27. LANDMAN'S RULES - DO NOT VIOLATE THESE RULES  169

 

28. SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION ON USING THE ACCESS DATABASE  171

       WHEN YOUR RESEARCH IS COMPLETE  172

29. EXAMPLES OF DOCUMENTS, FORMS AND LETTERS  174

        YOUR RUNSHEET WORKBOOK DOCUMENTS  185

30. MEASURES, FORMULAS AND ABBREVIATIONS  217

31. WRITE A LEGAL DESCRIPTION - This is a test  224

32. GLOSSARY  225

        SUGGESTED LANDMAN'S RESOURCES  253

 

 

 

NANCY'S RULES

 

RULE NO. 1: Don't talk to other landmen about their work, NO CHATTING

RULE NO. 2: Don't ever miss a reservation. Ever.

RULE NO. 3: You can't sell what you don't own

RULE NO. 4: Keep your mouth shut, keep your eyes open, read every word

RULE NO. 5: SLACKERS NEED NOT APPLY

RULE NO. 6: Remember, you're working without a net. No one is checking your work.

RULE NO. 7: If you're job is easy, you don't know what you're doing.

RULE NO. 8: Your job will end. Save your money and pay your taxes

RULE 9: Join AAPL at your earliest opportunity

RULE NO. 10: Read and understand the AAPL's Code of Ethics RULE NO. 10: Dress appropriately.

 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR TRUSTING ME WITH YOUR LANDMAN EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase Updated Manual

 

If you have attended Landman Seminars in the past and wish to get the new updated Manual containing 254 pages of material, which includes a very expanded Glossary, and new exercises and examples, you can order one by mail by mailing a check to Landman Seminars USA at P. O. Box 1079, Kountze, Texas 77625.  You pay only $25.60 which includes only publishing costs and shipping.  This price is only good for past students of the class