Before the arrival of the energy companies that are seeking to develop the Marcellus Shale formation and its massive natural gas stores, many property owners may never have given much thought to the mineral rights of their property. Now, effectively managing those mineral rights is a very high priority. This is a complicated task that can be made easier with help from our Wilkes-Barre lawyers handling surface and subsurface ownership rights.

When ownership of land is transferred, what is actually transferred is a bundle of rights regarding that property. Mineral rights allow the person who holds them to exploit any of the minerals contained beneath the surface of the land. Typically, mineral rights are part of any transfer of title that would occur. However, mineral rights may be severed from the title to the property. A property owner may:

  • Retain the mineral rights during a transfer
  • Sell the mineral rights while retaining ownership of the land

Once those mineral rights have been severed, future purchasers of the property may be unaware that they do not hold title to the mineral rights to their property.

For current property owners who hold the mineral rights as well, there is the possibility of severing those rights to create a beneficial tax structure for you. It is possible to sever the mineral rights while retaining ownership. This would allow for any profits from those rights to be treated as capital gains, thereby conferring a substantial tax benefit.

At Hoegen & Associates, P.C., our attorneys bring decades of experience helping our clients successfully face complex challenges, including establishing who is the legitimate holder of mineral rights and how to maximize the benefit they can provide. Let us use our decades of experience to help you assert or protect your mineral rights.

Contact the Pennsylvania Mineral Rights Attorneys of Hoegen & Associates, P.C.

If you are concerned with mineral rights and who holds title to them for the purpose of natural gas development, it is important that you have experienced guidance that understands what your goals are and that has the capacity to help you achieve those goals. Turn to the skilled and experienced Wilkes-Barre Marcellus Shale gas well attorneys of Hoegen & Associates, P.C. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 570-704-5754, toll free at 888-352-4229 or simply contact us online.