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Bob Forte' and Independence Day

I am just in from the lake (Lavon, near Dallas) and a great afternoon/evening of fishing, boating, skiing, tubing and eating at the...

Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, here in the good old USA, we honor and salute those who died while serving in the US Military. It originated as...

Curative by Affidavit: Beware

In spite of all kinds of modernization (from manual Royal typewriter with carbon paper to magic laptops that kick out leases and online...

Landman/Notary Conflict

Is it proper for the field landman to act as a notary and notarize a lease (after he has just negotiated the terms, drafted the document...

Negotiate by Listening, Part 2

So just how do we do it? That is, how do we negotiate by listening, or exactly how do we listen? Your first reaction is more than likely...

Negotiate by Listening, Part 1

Generally, we talk too much. And even when we don’t talk too much, we want to, we just can’t get the other guy to shut up. We do this...

The Good Side of the Oil Business

This is not to imply that there is a bad side of the oil business as many people would insist. This is merely to talk about the good side...