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ASSIGNMENT OF OIL AND GAS LEASE

_______________________________________________ [name or names] ("Assignor") and _______________________________________________ [name or names], _______________________________________________ ("Assignee") agree that:

Identity of Lease

WHEREAS, Assignor is Lessee under an Oil and Gas Lease executed on _______________________________________________, 20____, by Assignor as Lessee and _______________________________________________ [name or names] as Lessor, covering the real property in the County of _______________________________________________, ________________________________ [State], described as follows: ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ [insert legal description of real property]; and

WHEREAS, that lease is duly recorded in Book _______________________________________________at Page _______________________________________________of the official records of the county of _______________________________[County], ________________________________ [State]:

Assignment

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration for the sum of $ ________________________________ [assignment price] and other good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, Assignor does hereby sell, assign, transfer, and convey to _______________________________________________ [Assignee, or Assignees as joint tenants] all of Assignor's right, title, and interest in the lease and the real property covered by the lease, on the following terms and conditions:

Override Royalty

1. There is excepted from the above assignment and conveyance and reserved and retained in Assignor an overriding royalty equal to _______________________________________________ [fraction or percentage] of the value of all oil produced and removed under the lease and the net proceeds received by Assignee from the sale of all gas and casinghead gasoline produced and sold under the lease.

2. The overriding royalty reserved and retained by Assignor shall be payable to Assignor at the same time, and shall be computed in the same manner, as is provided in the lease for the payment, and computation, of royalties payable under it to Lessor.

Assignee to Perform Lease

3. Assignee accepts, on the terms and conditions specified in this document, this assignment of lease and agrees to truly and fully perform all of the terms and conditions of the lease to be performed under the lease by Lessee.

Indemnity Agreement

4. Assignee shall indemnify and hold Assignor and the property of Assignor, including Assignor's interest under this instrument, free and harmless from all claims, liability, loss, damage, or expense resulting from Assignee's performance of the lease, Assignee's occupation of any part of the real property covered by the lease, or the exploration for, or extraction by Assignee under the lease of, any oil, gas, or other hydrocarbon substances.

Modification and Extension of Lease

5. Assignee shall have the right to obtain from Lessor under the lease, or Lessor's successor in interest as Lessor under the lease, any modifications or extensions of the lease Assignee may desire, as long as the modifications or extensions do not reduce in any way the overriding royalty reserved and retained by Assignor under this instrument or otherwise infringe on any rights of Assignor under this instrument.

Development Clause

6. Unless Assignee has, on or before _______________________________________________, 20____, either commenced drilling operations on the land covered by the lease or reassigned its rights under the lease to Assignor, Assignee shall pay or tender to Assignor in advance on the first day of every month a monthly rental of $ _______________________________________________ [monthly rental amount], until drilling operations are commenced by Assignee on the land covered by the lease or Assignee's rights in the lease are reassigned by Assignee to Assignor. Provided, however, that no payments made pursuant to this paragraph shall in any way extend the period within which Assignee must commence drilling operations on the land covered by the lease beyond one year from the date of this instrument. Provided, further, any amounts payable under the lease to Lessor under the lease as deferred rentals until drilling operations are actually commenced on the land covered by the lease shall, for a period not exceeding one year from the date of this instrument, be paid by Assignor from the rental payable to Assignor by Assignee pursuant to this paragraph.

Default Clause

7. Should Assignee fail to commence drilling operations on the land covered by the lease within one year after the date of this instrument, or should Assignee fail or default in the performance of the lease or this instrument, then Assignor may, at Assignor's option, either declare Assignee's rights under the lease and this instrument forfeited and resume its, Assignor's, status as Lessee under the lease or bring appropriate action in law or equity either to enforce this instrument or to recover appropriate damages.

Access to Wells

8. Assignor shall have access to any well drilled by Assignee on the land covered by the lease and shall have the privilege of witnessing all tests and operations conducted on or in connection with any such well. On written request of Assignor, Assignee agrees to furnish Assignor with copies of logs and reports obtained or prepared in connection with any well drilled on the land covered by the lease.

Assignor's Warranties

9. Assignor makes no warranty of title with respect to the land covered by the lease, but Assignor does warrant and represent to Assignee that:

(a)        The rights and interest conveyed to Assignee by this instrument are free and clear of all liens, charges, and encumbrances created by Assignor;
(b)        Assignor has the right to make the transfer and conveyance effectuated by this instrument;
(c)        No default or defaults now exist or have been declared under the lease; and
(d)        The lease is now in good standing and in full force and effect.

Manner of Payments to Assignor

10. All moneys payable under this agreement by Assignee to Assignor shall be deemed duly paid when a check for them payable to the order of Assignor is deposited in the United States mail, first-class postage prepaid, addressed to Assignor at its depository, the _______________________________________________ [name] Bank, _______________________________________________Street, _______________________________________________, ________________________________ [State] _______________________________________________ [zip code]. Assignor may from time to time change depositories for the purpose of this paragraph by giving written notice of the change and the name and address of the new depository to Assignee in the manner prescribed by Paragraph 11 of this instrument.

Notices

11. All notices or other communications required or permitted by this instrument, the lease, or by law to be served on or given to either party to this agreement, Assignor or Assignee, by the other party shall be in writing and shall be deemed duly served when personally delivered to [any executive office of] the party to whom it is directed or when deposited in the United States mail, first-class postage prepaid, addressed to Assignor at _______________________________________________Street, _______________________________________________, ________________________________ [State], or to Assignee at _______________________________________________Street, _______________________________________________, ________________________________ [State]. Either party, Assignor or Assignee, may change its address for the purpose of this paragraph by giving written notice of that change to the other party in the manner provided in this paragraph.

Attorney's Fees

12. Should any litigation be commenced between the parties to this instrument concerning the assignment and transfer made by it, the lease, or the rights or duties of either party in relation to the lease or to this instrument, the party, Assignor or Assignee, prevailing in that litigation shall be entitled, in addition to such other relief as may be granted, to a reasonable sum as attorney's fees in the litigation, which shall be determined by the court in the litigation or in a separate action brought for that purpose.

Binding on Heirs

13. All of the terms and provisions of this instrument shall inure to the benefit of and shall be binding on the heirs, executors, administrators, representatives, successors, and assigns of each of the parties to this agreement.

Sole and Only Agreement

14. This instrument constitutes the sole and only agreement between Assignor and Assignee respecting the lease or the assignment of the lease by Assignor to Assignee, and correctly sets forth the obligations of Assignor and Assignee to each other as of its date. Any agreements or representations respecting the lease or its assignment to Assignee not expressly set forth in this instrument are null and void.

EXECUTED on _______________________________________________ [date], at _______________________________________________ County, ________________________________ [State].

ASSIGNOR:


_______________________________________________ [signature]

_______________________________________________ [typed name]

ASSIGNEE:


_______________________________________________ [signature]

_______________________________________________ [typed name]

[Add when appropriate:]

CONSENT OF ASSIGNOR'S SPOUSE:

The undersigned, being the spouse of the above-named Assignor, _______________________________________________ [name of assignor], does hereby consent to and join in the above Assignment of Lease.

DATED: _______________________________________________
 

_______________________________________________ [signature of assignor's spouse]

_______________________________________________ [typed name]

Acknowledgment

STATE OF _______________________________
COUNTY OF _______________________________

Before me, the undersigned authority, on this day personally appeared ______________________________________________________________ [names of parties],  known to me to be the identical persons whose names are subscribed to the  foregoing instrument, and acknowledged to me that they executed that  instrument for the purposes and consideration expressed in it.

Given under my hand and seal of office this _________________day of _________________, 20_______. 


_______________________________________________ [Signature]

Notary Public in and for _________________County, _________________ [State].

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