Johnson & Johnson Law Firm
Legal matters can spring up unexpectedly throughout our lives. Luckily, the attorneys in the Canfield, Ohio law office of Johnson & Johnson provide sound legal guidance to a breadth of individuals, at varying stages of life. Have recent headlines stirred your thoughts about a living will or trust? Are you thinking about buying or selling your home or business property? Have you been approached by a oil and gas company about drilling on your land? At Johnson & Johnson our local attorneys are capable of providing legal assistance to residents throughout Ohio in all matters relating to:
- Estate Planning – creating wills, living wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, medicaid planning and other tools.
- Probate – full and partial estate administration, estate inventories, estate valuations and appraisals.
- Real Estate – preparing deeds, purchase and sale agreements, title opinions.
- Business Formation and Organization – Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Partnerships, Corporations, Charitable organizations, litigation.
- Oil and Gas – leases, operating agreements, royalty planning, purchase and sale of mineral rights, litigation.
Johnson & Johnson has been family owned and operated since our founding in 1921. Our attorneys are experienced, and continue to learn as we aim to serve the legal needs of the community, of which we have been a significant part of for more than 90 years. From preparing for a more secure future to the resolution of legal crises that affect you today, a skilled Youngstown, Ohio lawyer will provide your case with the attention and respect it deserves.
In a previous post… I wrote about certain terms that are implied in all mineral leases: the covenant to reasonably develop. In that article I described how a judge might cancel a certain area of an oil and gas lease if the producer hadn’t reasonably developed all of it. This same idea can be applied to unused geological formations. Let’s assume an energy company (the “lessee”) takes a lease for a 200 acre farm. Let’s also assume that the lessee successfully drills five 40-acre wells on the acreage thirty years ago. These five wells are all relatively shallow, and seek to produce oil and gas from the Clinton Sandstone geological formation. Now, it should be pretty clear that the lessee has reasonably developed all of the farm’s 200 acres (5 wells x 40 acre units = 200 acres). But, what can be said about the lessee’s duty to develop other geologic formations?Read More
Many of my clients come to me hoping that I can help break their oil and gas lease. As a general proposition, oil and gas leases are hard to terminate. Given that they are drafted by oil and gas companies, it should not be surprising that they often favor the oil and gas companies themselves. Every landowner’s situation will be different, but as long as the lessee to the oil and gas lease (the producer) pays a royalty to the lessor (the landowner), the lease is nearly bullet-proof. However, there might be other ways to terminate an oil and gas lease even if the lessee is paying a royalty to the landowner. One particular method to cancel an oil and gas lease has to do with implied covenants to reasonably develop the entire leasehold. This method doesn’t cancel the lease in its entirety, but only cancels it to those lands that have not been drilled or included in a drilling unit. Ohio has long held that a mineral lease includes an implied covenant to reasonably develop the land. (see Ionno v.…Read More