Thank you for considering our
Wills and Heirship Essentials course.

It is the most comprehensive course of its kind available today by way of the 300+ years of our unequaled advisory board members' hands on executive experience in this field.

It is one of The Most Needed training courses for Petroleum Landmen because of its wide impact on title and leasing.

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Most Landmen do not have a vast amount of experience when it comes to fully understanding Wills and Heirship issues, Probate Issues, and other related court cases and how they can directly impact the ability to successfully cure title defects and obtain valid leases.

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This course will discuss several key and critical issues in great detail regarding this subject. In each chapter we get into the many facets of the title of that chapter. Please review the syllabus below to see the chapter breakdown of the course.

The importance of this course stems around you having knowledge of what and how Wills and Heirship Issues can impact Defensible Title and having good Oil and gas Leases.

This course is designed to present the consequences if certain Title Curative Issues are not met.

If you are not familiar with Title Curative Methods or Issues you should take our Title Curative Essentials course, which compliments this course.

It is this very knowledge that will help you spot things you may have taken for granted before, either while chaining mineral title or leasing.

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Wills and Heirship Essentials

The course covers:

  • Glossary Of Terms
  • I Got My Minerals From Uncle Bob
  • Understanding The Different Type Of Wills (Including Wills Per-Stirpes And Per Capita)
  • Understanding Probates
  • Understanding Intestate Succession
  • Understanding Life Estates
  • Understanding Life Estates – Open Mines Doctrine
  • Questions To Think About – What Do You Think
  • Workshop

The class is taught:

  • Live – 24 contact hours.
  • Self-paced Online – Available for Six Months.
  • Testing/Homework/Workshops.
  • Has a course manual with note taking ability.

  • This class is for Beginners to 10 Years’ Experience.
  • The course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth look at issues surrounding Wills and Heirship Issues and applies them Chaining Mineral Title, Leasing Oil and Gas Minerals, Curing Title Defects and picks where the Basic Combined Title and Lease Essentials course leaves off.
  • It has a section title “I got my minerals from Uncle Bob” and other such workshops whereby the student can see what happens when people claim to have acquired mineral interest when in fact they have not and how to resolve such issues.
  • Testing is set up after each chapter and is such that if the student does not pass the test after two attempts they cannot advance to the next chapter without their superior’s approval or at the request of the school.
  • The course covers issues in Oklahoma and Texas as well as setting the stage for understanding how to perform this work in multiple states.

The course writers and instructor:

David Melton

  • Mr. Melton, a professional landman since 1980, has acquired vast experience in acquisitions and divestitures as well as executive management skills (VP of Land) for a small E&P company and as a GM and COO for two large land brokerage firms with multiple offices in Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Melton has over 40 years’ experience in oil and gas exploration and production including operations, land management and administration in all phases. He formed the Petroleum Landman School in 2005 and has taught students from 34 states and two foreign countries. Mr. Melton is a recognized public speaker, course writer and presenter for the AAPL and a published author for the AAPL, IRWA and

Dr. Pat Fitzgerald

  • Dr. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D. specializes in various areas of oil and gas law which started in the early 1980’s.
  • Dr. Fitzgerald teaches the Energy Land Management Certificate Program and the MBA program in Energy Management and is a Distinguished visiting Industry expert in Energy Management and Petroleum Land Practices in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
  • In addition, Dr. Fitzgerald is an accomplished course writer and presenter and published author for the AAPL.
  • Dr. Fitzgerald is an Advisory Board Member of the Professional Landman Schools, LLC.
We are trusted by Industry Leaders
The Petroleum Landman School in ran by seasoned veterans of the industry, and our courses are backed by leading companies. But let's hear what actual graduates have to say:


After finishing your class in August and now it being the first of October, I actually got a job last week working full time for a landman in Santa Fe handling federal leases.   I will tell you that they say what I learned in your class puts me ahead of the game so it was time and money well spent.

K. Haase

Dear David,

Thank you for the truly informative course held last September. 
I have completed my first year as an in-house landman for a petroleum company and can’t imagine how I could have achieved it without your excellent tutelage.

R. Sidwell
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