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Matt is the leader of Porter Wright’s Real Estate Practice Group in addition to practicing in the areas of commercial lending, title insurance, creditors’ rights, and general corporate and business law.

As I  touched on in a recent post, the surge in oil and gas exploration and the accompanying concern with mineral rights and interests have created significant challenges for county recorders and title insurance companies across the state.  The strong demand on county offices (often in counties still feeling effects from the recession) for time to search the official record often exceeds the office’s resources and hours. The results range from interested parties banking on uncertain alternative search companies to underwriters denying mineral interests in their loan policies. 

Read on after the jump.


Continue Reading Oil and Gas Surge Impacts Title Searches and Policies of Title Insurance – Part Two of a Two Part Series

Given the surge in oil and gas exploration, mineral rights and interests have taken center stage in the offices of county recorders and title insurance companies throughout Ohio.  The demand for time to search the official record in Ohio counties, as well as the uncertainty posed by purported mineral severances, oil & gas leases and/or their accompanying appurtenant rights have combined to hamper efforts in performing title searches and have caused title insurance companies to refuse to provide any sort of insurance with respect to mineral interests and their appurtenant rights.

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Continue Reading Oil and Gas Surge Impacts Title Searches and Policies of Title Insurance – Part One of a Two Part Series