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McNees Insights - Estate Planning

In This Issue: Who Gets Your IRA? – Six Common Mistakes; Estate Planning for Digital Assets; and Post-Production Issues and Oil & Gas Leases. Excerpt from Who Gets Your IRA? – Six Common Mistakes: Do you...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2013

In This Issue: - New Rule Proposed By OSHA Regarding Silica Exposure Likely To Impact Fracking And Increase Risk Of Litigation - Texas Supreme Court Reaffirms Minerals Estate's Superior Rights -...more

Title Troubles In Texas, North Dakota And Montana: Conveyances To “Blind Trusts”

The Title Question - Your title examiner often encounters a conveyance to an individual “as Trustee” with no Trust specified in the instrument....more

Tax Law Alert: The 2nd Special Session of the 2013 Washington Legislature Adjourned on June 29

The 2nd Special Session of the 2013 Legislature adjourned sine die on June 29, 2013. The accomplishment of this session was passage of a state budget, which had eluded state legislators through the Regular Session that ended...more

Yours, Mine or Ours? Morgan Clarifies Surface Versus Mineral Ownership in W.Va.

On June 13, 2013, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (WVSCA) issued its decision in Faith United Methodist Church & Cemetery of Terra Alta, et al. v. Morgan, No. 12-0080, setting forth a clear definition of the term...more

Tax Communiqué: Highlights from the Budget 2013

Budget 2013 was tabled on March 21, 2013. Heenan Blaikie’s National Tax Group has prepared the following overview of some of the more significant tax-related measures....more

Legal Alert: Discounting of Capital Credits of Deceased Members Upheld in North Carolina

On August 8, 2012, the North Carolina Business Court held that electric cooperatives may lawfully discount capital credits of deceased members when they are retired early. The court also held that electric cooperatives do not...more

Gifting and Marcellus Shale

When estate planning lawyers discuss gifting as an estate planning strategy with clients, there are a few very important components to this discussion that must be reviewed in order to most effectively leverage gifting as an...more

Gas Rights Owners Need To Begin To Think Like Business

Landowners who are fortunate enough to have property overlying the Marcellus Shale formation are realizing significant economic transformations. They and their heirs can look forward to a lease bonus payment followed by...more

Real Estate, Oil & Gas and Estate Planning: Oil & Gas Fundamentals For Family Law Practitioners

In This Presentation: Typical Documents To Be Reviewed: Deed; Mineral Deed; Mineral Reservation; Royalty; Lease; Seismic Permit; and, Pipeline Right-of-way. Who owns the minerals: Title Opinion; Title Insurance;...more

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