Change of Ownership

Change of Ownership

Listed below are some of the more common situations resulting in either change of ownership or change to the owner status.

Name Changes When an individual’s name changes because of marriage, divorce, etc. please furnish a copy of the marriage certificate, death certificate, or other document effecting the name change.When a company has a name change, Whiting requires a recorded copy of the Certificate of Name Change. If the change is due to a merger, please furnish a recorded copy of the Certificate of Merger.
Ownership Change Due to Divorce Whiting will require a copy of the divorce decree and copies of the conveyances recorded in the county where the minerals or land are held.
Guardianships If an owner is declared incompetent please furnish Letters of Guardianship issued by the local court.When a minor reaches legal age we need is a copy of the minor’s birth certificate.
Sale of Interest Whiting’s policy prevents the transfer of payments without a copy of the recorded deed, conveyance or assignment.
Bankruptcy Whiting will need copies of the court order appointing the Trustee, if appropriate, the appropriate recorded conveyances and the court order confirming any sales.
When an Owner Dies When an owner dies without a will, Furnish as many of the following documents:

  • Death Certificate
  • Letters of Administration
  • Order Determining Heirship and Distribution
  • Affidavit of Heirship
  • Individual state laws on descent and distribution differ. Whiting will inform you if additional
  • information is needed.

When an owner dies with a will which has been admitted to probate proceedings in the same state where the producing property is located, furnish as many of the following documents as possible:

  • Death Certificate
  • Application for Probate
  • Copy of the Will
  • Order Admitting Will to Probate
  • Letter Testamentary
  • Final Court Decree distributing the assets and closing administration of the estate
  • Copies of any appropriate conveyances
  • In some situations other documents determined by Whiting’s Division Order Department may be needed.

When the owner dies with a will which has been admitted to probate proceedings in a state other than that where the producing property is located – have the above documents recorded in the state where the producing property is located and furnish Whiting with recorded copies.

In some states Ancillary Probate Proceedings are required in the state where the producing property is located.

Termination of Joint Tenancy Upon Death  Whiting will need a copy of the Death Certificate. Please furnish the new social security or tax identification number for the joint tenant.
Life Tenant Dies When an owner of a life estate dies, Whiting will need a copy of the Death Certificate and the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of the persons who own the remainder and who succeed to the interest.In some situations, Whiting will need further information including the documents that created the life tenancy and named successors.
Change of Address You can email your old address, new address, full name, owner number, and last four of your social to DivisionOrder.Inquiries@whiting.comMail a copy to:Whiting Petroleum Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary

Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation
Attn: Division Order Department
1700 Broadway, Suite 2300
Denver, CO 80290
Or fax to: 303.837.4244