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MINERAL AND ROYALTY CONVEYANCES CHAPTER 11 MINERAL AND ROYALTY CONVEYANCES A SET OF FORMS WITH COMMENTARY RONALD D. NICKUM ATTORNEY AT LAW 313 West 15th Street Amarillo, Texas 79101 (806) 371-8888 www.nickumlaw.com STATE BAR OF TEXAS ADVANCED OIL, GAS AND MINERAL LAW COURSE San Antonio, Texas September 30-October 1, 2004 -1- MINERAL AND ROYALTY CONVEYANCES CHAPTER 11 RONALD D. NICKUM State Bar Number 15015000 313 W. 15th Street – Amarillo, Texas 79101 Phone (806) 371-8888 Fax (806) 374-9618 E-mail nickum1@cox.net EDUCATION B.S. Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas 1967. J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law 1970. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Associate Sanders, Miller & Baker, Amarillo, Texas 1972-1975. Associate Sanders, Saunders, Brian, Finney & Thomas, 1975-1977. Partner Sanders, Saunders, Brian, Finney & Thomas, 1977-1985. Private Practice 1985-present. PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS Law Review Charter member Texas Tech Law Review 1968; Note Editor, l968-l969; Managing Editor, l969-l970. Author "Uninsured Motorist Protection", l Texas Tech Law Review l63 (l970), cited at Pioneer Cas. Co. v. Johnson, 450 S.W.2d 64, 67 fn 1 (Tex. 1970). Author "Negotiating and Drafting a Modern Oil & Gas Lease on Behalf of Lessor," 13 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1401 (1982)(Texas Bar Foundation Law Review Award 1982). Co-Author "Special Issues in Selected Oil and Gas Cases," SUING, DEFENDING AND NEGOTIATING WITH OIL AND GAS PRODUCERS, Texas State Bar Professional Development Program 1985. Faculty ADVANCED CIVIL TRIAL COURSE, Texas State Bar Professional Development Program 1986. Faculty LITIGATING THE OIL AND GAS CASE, Texas State Bar Professional Development Program 1987. ADMISSIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS Admissions State Bar of Texas 1971; United States Supreme Court 1977; United States Courts of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Ninth Circuit, Tenth Circuit 1977; United States Tax Court 1979. Memberships Texas Bar Association; Federal Energy Bar Association, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association, Panhandle Association of Petroleum Landmen. -2- MINERAL AND ROYALTY CONVEYANCES CHAPTER 11 INDEX I. CRITICAL WORDS AND PHRASES 5 A. The Mineral - Royalty Distinction 5 B. Appurtenant Rights 6 C. Lands Herein “Described” v. “Conveyed” - The Lessons of Hooks and King 7 D. Middleton Joins The Axis of Confusion 7 E. Fractions Of Royalty And Royalty Fractions 8 F. Examples Of How The Hooks+King+Middleton Rules Operate 8 G. Future Lease Clauses And Other Anomalies - A Modern Perspective 11 H. Avoiding Negligence Claims 11 II. FLOW CHARTS & PRACTICE TIPS 13 A. Flow Charts 13 B. Practice tips

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