Do I Need a Property Rights Attorney?
Has a recent storm caused damage to a fence line that you share with a neighbor, and you’re unsure of where responsibility lies? Has someone cut down trees or crops that damaged your land? These are just a couple of examples, but other situations that require the need for a property rights attorney include:
- Being threatened with eminent domain or condemnation
- Boundary disputes
- Easement - gives someone the right to use another person’s property for a specific purpose and for a specified length of time
- Environmental cases - i.e. if your property includes important ecological resources or your health is affected due to the pollution of a company near your property
- Issues with title or ownership of property
At the Dumas Law Firm, I’m prepared to help you through any frustrating property situations that you may be facing. I am well-versed in property rights on both a state and federal level, and with my experience, I’m confident in my ability to fight for the most favorable outcome for your case.
Oil & Gas Litigation in Arkansas
Raised in Union County, I literally grew up in the oil fields of South Arkansas. While the Natural State has always been known for its thriving oil and gas industry, the year 2005 marked the industry’s most significant event since the original oil boom in South Arkansas in the 1920s. Prior to 2005, no company had made a real effort to tap into the vast reserves of natural gas geologists knew were contained in the shale formations in the Fayetteville Shale Play. This was because the existing technology had been so expensive that it would have cost more to produce natural gas than it would have been worth. But by 2005, the price of natural gas was at record highs and drilling technology had so improved that some companies within the industry determined that it was worth another try. That was the year, that for the first time ever, a natural gas well drilled in the Fayetteville Shale Play began producing marketable natural gas in a low-cost way so that the value of the gas being produced was actually greater than the costs of producing it. With this realization, dozens of companies began hiring and bringing in thousands of workers to the state and all aspects of operations began in earnest, with the single objective of accessing the enormous reserves of natural gas in this formation.
I received an unexpected call in 2005 from a company that had established itself as the majority stakeholder of the entire Fayetteville Shale Play. I was asked to begin working with a small group of company leaders to develop an operational and legal plan for undertaking the enormous task of effectively developing these resources. Ultimately that first phone call led to my firm taking the lead role in the industry to develop guidelines and standards, in accordance with Arkansas law, to find the balance in these efforts between the industry needs of developing these operations in a manner most profitable for shareholders, against the need to do all of this while having the smallest possible footprint on the valuable land of Arkansans. During my 10 years in the industry, I’ve handled cases all across Central and North Central Arkansas. I’ve developed procedures and processes for companies to legally and respectfully conduct operations on Arkansas landowners in a way that would preserve their rights and respect their property. Recognized by his peers and industry leaders for his knowledge and effectiveness in this area of law, I now use my experience to represent landowners to ensure they receive maximum compensation and that their land is preserved for future generations. I have been at the forefront of the development of these natural gas reserves and have a unique insight into the perspective and methods used by both industry and landowners. For my clients, I was able to develop what eventually became the industry standards for most of the leading operators in the state.
Having had the opportunity to be involved in this industry, I understand the deep pride and heartfelt connection Arkansas landowners feel about their land. Without question, your property must be protected for future generations of your family. Shouldn’t you consult an attorney who understands how the oil and gas companies operate? And what if you could find an attorney that actually developed and advised them on how to operate on Arkansas soil? You just did. Contact Paul today to schedule an appointment and let him protect your legal rights and keep your property safe. Put Paul’s experience to work for you today.
Contact the Dumas Law Firm
When property issues and disputes arise, you shouldn’t try to navigate the legal system alone. With over 20 years of experience, I have the knowledge and skills to help you protect your rights and move past your legal issues.
Property issues and disputes are usually confusing, frustrating, and stressful. It can be difficult to understand what the best next steps are, but with me in your corner, you can have peace of mind that you have a strong legal advocate who will fight for your best interests and work towards a fair and favorable outcome. Reach out to discover how my experience can work for your specific case.