Probate Laws – For oil and gas producing states


This course will provide a review of the various laws in producing states that apply when someone dies “intestate,” that is, without a valid will. In every state in the U.S., the law says that when a person dies intestate, their property passes to the next of kin. However, each state interprets “next of kin” differently. These laws are important to attorneys, landmen and mineral owners because it provides a sanctioned method of determining ownership in real property in the event of the death of a mineral owner. For landmen, this is important because you may discover a stranger to title in your record search and there is no valid will to state who the heirs are. In that case, you will need to apply the specific state law where the property is located of Descent & Distribution.

Who should take this course:

Attorneys, landmen, mineral owners, division order analysts, lease and title analysts, land techs, land secretaries and anyone interested in understanding how their property will pass if they die without a valid will.




Upon the successful completion of this course, you will be able to apply specific state laws of Descent & Distribution to determine who owns the minerals if the mineral owner dies without a valid will. In addition, you will be able to analyze how a person’s property passes based on the state’s marital property laws and understand the distinction between community and separate property laws and how they impact mineral ownership.

Your Instructor

Alyce Hoge

Alyce Hoge

Alyce Boudreaux Hoge is an attorney, a Certified Division Order Analyst and a Certified Professional Lease and Title Analyst. She was admitted to the State Bars of Texas and Louisiana and has over 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Alyce received her Bachelor of Arts in History at Centenary College of Louisiana. She received her Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Law School.

Alyce is a popular and dynamic speaker. She often speaks at national conferences to standing room only audiences. With her legal background and signature Cajun humor, Alyce is fond of saying she gives “Legal Advice with Cajun Spice.” Come see why many consider her training to be the BEST in the industry!


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