Experienced At Handling Pipeline And Gas Agreements

Is your property sitting on the Marcellus Shale formation? Have you received offers from gas companies who wish to lease your gas rights? As with any contract, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney before you sign anything. You have rights, and at the law firm of Hummel, Lewis & Smith, LLP, we can help you protect those rights.

Attorney Barry Lewis provides sophisticated counsel to individuals, hunting groups, farmers, and other landowners in the drafting or review of natural gas leases and other pipeline and gas agreements. He has extensive experience handling these types of leases and can provide you with the advice, representation, and support you need when negotiating your gas or pipeline lease.

Mr. Lewis represents landowners throughout northern and central Pennsylvania and can assist in forming gas leasing ownership entities. Call 570-245-6720 or 877-829-8987 to arrange a consultation with an attorney in our Bloomsburg office about gas and pipeline leases.

Issues In Gas Or Pipeline Easements And Agreements

Because the well will sit on your land for 15 years or more, it is critical that a gas lease or an easement agreement addresses comprehensive issues, including:

  • Pooled production
  • Appropriate royalties and the schedule for payments
  • Retention of surface rights
  • Compensation for well water contamination or environmental damage to your land
  • Liability for effects on neighboring properties
  • Clauses to discourage damage to your land during extraction

Barry Lewis is also an experienced trial attorney. If you are involved in a dispute over an easement or lease, he can protect your interests in negotiations and, if necessary, in the courtroom.

Related Issues: Taxes, Estate Planning, And Divorce

In addition to advising you on gas lease issues and negotiating with the gas companies, we can also help you understand the implications of the gas lease in other legal areas:

  • Taxes and business issues — Profits you make from a gas lease are taxable. It may be in your best interest to form a business entity to minimize the impact of those taxes. Additionally, we assist nonprofits, such as hunting clubs, who are looking to maintain their nonprofit status with a gas lease.
  • Estate planning — You may need to revisit your estate plan in order to ensure your gas lease rights are distributed according to your wishes.
  • Divorce — If you are going through a divorce, it is important to consider the impact your gas and mineral rights will have on the division of property in your divorce.

Our attorneys can help you with all of these legal issues, so you can make informed decisions about your property and protect your rights throughout the process.

Contact Us Now For A Case Evaluation

Contact our Bloomsburg office online or by calling 570-245-6720 or 877-829-8987 to arrange a consultation with a lawyer at our firm.