Posts by Angeline

Oil and Gas Rights: More Complicated Than You Would Think

»Posted by on Jan 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I came upon an article recently about a widowed landowner who is having to fight for her property against a large oil company that is looking to explore underneath her land. The widow, who lives in Simpson County, Mississippi, is one of around twenty landowners who are being shoved aside while private companies search for oil and gas. 

Personally, I was shocked to learn that these people won’t benefit from oil found under their own property. Apparently, though they own the land, they don’t have claims to whatever is found underneath it, according to a particularly bonkers Mississippi law. I never knew enough about oil and gas rights to know that this was a possibility, but it seems particularly cruel that a company can legally set up shop on someone’s land and then take whatever they find underneath it.

The companies would like to pretend they’re not completely heartless, though. They are still required to fork over a $5,000 security bond in case the landowners have to pay for anything if the order gets overturned. But this doesn’t mean damages to the property are covered, which is unfortunate because searching the ground for oil and gas can have negative effects on crops and trees. If that happens, the landowners are out of luck.

This isn’t happening all over the country, though. In other regions, people are able to sell their mineral, gas, or oil rights for a lot of money. They sell through brokers, like The Mineral Auction, based out of Austin, TX. Brokers ensure that people aren’t being swindled by large companies, like the ones who are taking advantage of the landowners in Mississippi. There are many things to consider when you’re going to sell your gas rights that after doing only a little bit of research, I can see pretty clearly that it would be easy to get into trouble if you don’t know what you’re doing.

After being so frustrated with the story about the Mississippi landowners, it’s good to know that at least some people are able to sell their gas and oil rights for a fair price. I’m sure that if the people in Mississippi were given that option, some of them would take it. Still, others would want to stay on their land and keep running things the way they always have, and that should be their right. As of now, however, they have no choice in the matter at all. A company is going to be able to test their land for valuable oil and gas, and there will be nothing they can legally do about it. All I can say is that I’m happy for those people who are able to benefit from what’s under their land, and I hope things will change soon for those who aren’t.

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Taking Steps Toward a Business Merger

»Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in International Tax Law | 0 comments

Businesses are meant to grow, and with any luck, this means increasing involvement with another company. Merging two businesses into one is a great way to create a powerhouse that can withstand the test of time.

Before the companies merge, they have to go through a lot of steps to ensure the profitability of the merger. A few of these steps include:

  • Agreeing on a set price for the merge. Both sides have to come out better for the restructuring to have been worth it.
  • If one company dissolves, they have to agree as to whether they should fire their employees or let them join the new joint company.

Firing, in this case, may require a severance package or other form of compensation, but keeping the old employees on can be risky if they are not particularly well-versed with the logistics of the other company. This decision can both terminate jobs and create jobs.

  • If they are companies from two different countries, they must decide whether to pick one country to work in or go international.
  • If they make the choice to go international, this can create a lot of extra work for both sides. Granted, they knew this going in and decided to make the jump anyway, but it’s extra work nonetheless.

Two international companies merging into one means accounting for two different tax systems. Once they decide on which country to file in, they must transfer the tax information into that country. THEVOZ Attorneys, LLC says that tax transactions can be treated differently based on the jurisdiction and structure of your company, as well as the company’s original classification. This means that it’s not going to be easy to file taxes on a newly-merged company.

One of the ways to set a company up for success is to work with people who know what they’re talking about. Creating a working relationship with a law office that specializes in international tax law is a must for any company looking to merge and go international.

One slip-up and the fledgling company will go under. Nobody wants their business to fail, and it only makes sense to do everything in your power to prevent that from happening. To ensure the success of your business, get in regular contact with a legal team who can walk you through the ins and outs of this complicated process.

Any company worth their salt will be able to guide you through this transitional period, and offer feedback as to which channels you should go through to make your business not only survive, but thrive.

Growing a business with the threat of legal recourse on the backburner is never a good idea. Prevent this by being proactive in your journey instead of reactive. Always remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your business (and customers) will thank you in the long run.

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Top Five Reasons to Landscape Your Lawn

»Posted by on May 22, 2019 in Lawn Care | 0 comments

Life seems to be more and more chaotic every day. Bills, check-ups, date nights, club meetings, and more probably clog up you and your spouse’s schedules. As a result, certain errands or housekeeping needs might fall through the cracks!

An annual spring cleaning will likely take care of any short-term neglect in house upkeep. But other aspects of housekeeping, such as lawn maintenance, cannot wait for an annual deep dive. Instead, landscaping services ought to be used on your property.

With landscaping, you pay professionals to ensure that your lawn is taken care of with regularly-scheduled landscaping services. Here are the most beneficial effects of hiring a landscaping service to maintain your lawn:

Pesky and Pest Control

People unfamiliar with professional-grade lawn care might be surprised to know just how many pesky creatures or plants can reside in your lawn. Thankfully, all of these nuisances can either be prevented from invading your grass or removed once they stake a claim.

Some of the pests include grubs, the larvae of insects. Grubs can feed off the nutrients upon which plants rely to grow or remain healthy. They can also establish a place in the root system of a healthy lawn and damage the growth and vitality of the grass blades.

Other pests or invasive growths include weeds, which can hold your garden hostage if not properly removed and prevented.

Professional landscaping services like the Chicago-area Daybreaker Landscapes have experience in handling these pests. Attempting to resolve these problems on your own may lead you to buy unnecessary products or even doing damage to your lawn with the dangerous placement of chemicals or pesticides.

Leaf Cleanup

When it rains, it pours. And when the leaves fall, they fall dramatically. Keeping up with raking and disposing of leaves can especially be hard in the fall — right when the holiday season hits and you must balance your time between buying Halloween costumes, cooking Thanksgiving foods, and before you know it, wrapping Christmas presents.

If you are unable to maintain a clean, leaf-free lawn, it is completely understandable. But finding some way to take care of the leaves cluttering your lawn is essential if you want to have peace of mind — they are an ugly mark in your front yard! Neighbors are already judgmental, no reason to give them a reason to assume you are unable to use a leaf blower.

But the secret is, they are probably using a professional service! At the very least, they might be using a professional crew to sweep and dispose of leaves every spring or fall. This way, the large build-ups are taken care of, but they still maintain their lawn day-to-day. If you are unable to keep up with the demand for a clean lawn — which is understandable — you might want to consider using a landscaping service.

There are many other reasons to use a landscaping service or a professional lawn care crew. But more than anything, make sure that you are doing what you must to maintain a certain amount of happiness with your property. Your joy is priceless and paying for services like lawn care are worth it if in so doing, you become happier or less stressed.

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5 Fabulous Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth

»Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in dentistry | 0 comments

There is not a place on Earth where a bright smile is more important than in modern America. We are people who just love to smile, and so when teeth start to turn brown, gray, or yellow, we start to run into problems.

While everyone secretly wants those white teeth, a lot of people dismiss the simple process of getting them just because they think it is a cosmetic issue and not important enough to spend money on at all.

Thats simply not the case. As the people at Dental Expressions have helpfully helped me point out, there are plenty of reasons (at least 5!) for you to go make those teeth pearly whites again.

1. It makes you look healthier

Whether you want to admit it or not, once your teeth start to look a little so-so, you probably smile less. That, plus the color of your teeth, can lead to a less healthy look. Perhaps youre buff enough to look healthy regardless, but for most of us, our teeth are an important way for us to communicate were healthy, happy, and doing well.

2. It makes you feel better about yourself

Having a great smile actually does a lot for how you feel about being you. You look more attractive and, as we said above, healthier. That isnt just about how others see you. Feeling good about yourself is an important part of your mental health. Knowing that your smile looks good and seeing others smile back because of it does a lot to keep you feeling good.

3. It makes others take a closer look at you

Are you looking for a romantic partner? A job? A chance to get on that school board or move up in an organization? Then you probably want to have a smile that goes with your ambitions. A good, white smile is a powerful way to get people to like you and look at you more closely. Research has shown that the more attractive someone is, the better they tend to do in those crucial areas of career, romance, and life prospects. Give yourself a boost in whatever you want to get out of life by smiling a little brighter.

4. It helps you pay more attention to your teeth (which is important for health)

Another research point: a lot of your health runs straight through your mouth. While getting your teeth whitened wont necessarily improve your health, it will give you a new reason to focus on oral hygiene, which can do a lot for you. Brushing and flossing, mouthwash, and regular visits to the dentist can all lead to a longer and healthier life. If your teeth are already looking shabby, you may think you can get away with ignoring them. Shine them up to remind yourself how important they are.

5. Its fast, affordable, and just makes you feel good

Look, it would make sense to put this off if the cost and effort to whiten teeth were enormous, but its actually easy, fast, and cheap, so theres really no reason to avoid it. Give yourself the gift of a perfect smile and enjoy all the benefits.

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Praise for energy workers

»Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Workplace Injury | 0 comments

America needs to recognize the great work its citizens do in the oil and gas business. For so long, there has been a constant stream of complaints against these industries, with a similar disdain only just left unspoken for the people who make such industries work.

At the appointment of Rex Tillerson to the position of Secretary of State, many scoffed due to the business in which he made his name: oil.

And yet, America could not function without gas and oil (and to a lesser but still important extent, coal). America needs its fossil fuels to function, and it should begin to show some respect for that point.

It’s all well and good to mock an executive like Tillerson. It may even be worth pointing out a general need to move away from fossil fuels and into renewable energies. There is a strong argument to be made for a clear policy to eventually move America in that direction.

After all, there are foreign entanglements to consider, and the environment, though the exact nature of the problem is unclear, is certainly harmed by so much use of fossil fuels.

All that being said, however, that does not change the fact that at this present moment America makes its living and ensures its quality of life all thanks to gas and oil.

Barring a small number of people in this county, most Americans drive to work using oil, heat their homes and charge their appliances with gas, oil, or coal, and generally have some form of electronics on their person (phones, notebooks, tablets) that has been charged by similar means.

Essentially, nothing about the American way of life would be possible without these industries. And still, it is a rare day indeed when some small amount of praise is offered to those who make it possible.

Here, it is fair to forget the contentious figures like Tillerson. Instead, focus on the individual hardworking Americans who go to work every day to keep the lights turned on for millions.

The work done by these people in all its various forms and parts of the process is not always glamorous. In fact, it is often dangerous. There are accidents at plants and refineries every day. Such a statistic is incredible, especially for how little any of it is reported.

This dangerous work deserves to be rewarded with praise similar to what other professions receive. If teachers prepare children for the future, energy workers get them to the school today. Police keep the streets safe, and firefighters fight destruction, but neither would be possible without the workers in the energy industry.

So, take a moment today and thank those who work hard in relatively dangerous work to make sure everyone has heat in their homes, gas in their car, and charged phones in their pockets.

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