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frequently asked questions

Q. My name has changed, what document(s) does OEMI need to change it in their records?

A .   If your name has changed due to -

·           Marriage - Please provide a copy of your Marriage Certificate

·          Divorce - Please provide a copy of the Divorce Decree

·          Court Proceedings - Please provide a copy of the Court Order

Q. A relative has died leaving a Will. What does OEMI require to change ownership?

A.  For oil and gas properties located in Texas :

For a Texas Resident, please provide copies of the following reflecting recordation in the county and state where the well(s) is located:

·         Death Certificate

·         Letters Testamentary

·         Order Admitting Will to Probate

·         Copy of Will

·         List of all Heirs, including Name, Address and Social Security Number

    For a Non-Resident of Texas, please provide copies of the following:

·         Death Certificate

·         Either

o        Ancillary Probate filed / opened in county where well located that includes:

§  Letters Testamentary

§  Order Admitting Will to Probate

§   Copy of Will

§   List of all Heirs, including Name, Address and Social Security Number

         Or -

o     Authenticated copies of Probate opened in another state that has been filed of record in the county where the well is located

o     List of all Heirs, including Name, Address and Social Security Number

Please Note:  Probate proceedings opened in another state have no affect on the passage of title in the State of Texas unless authenticated copies of such proceedings have been filed in the Deed Records of the county(s) where the property is located.

If your property is located in a state other than Texas , please contact OEMI concerning the specific requirements.

Q. A Relative has died without leaving a Will. What does OEMI require to change ownership?

A. Please provide the following: 

·         Death Certificate

·         A recorded Affidavit of Heirship, completed by a disinterested party – i.e. not an heir of the Estate.

o        Please see the forms section of this website to obtain a copy of our form Affidavit

·         List of all Heirs, including Name, Address and Social Security Number

Q.  I have transferred my interest to another party.  What does OEMI require to change ownership?

A.  Please provide a copy of the recorded conveyance document to OEMI.  Please note that the conveyance document should be recorded in the county(s) where the well(s) is located.  You may mail the conveyance to:

Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc.

Attn:  Division Orders

P O Box 27570

Houston TX 77227-7570

Q.  How do I notify OEMI of a change of address?

A.  Please be advised that OEMI will accept written notice only.  Said written notice must be submitted by the owner or his/her authorized agent.  If the written request is sent by someone other than the interest owner, please enclose a copy of the document, such as a Power of Attorney, granting authority to act on behalf of said owner.   For your convenience, you may refer to the forms section of this website to obtain a copy of our Change of Address Form.  Please mail your written notification to:

Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc.

Attn:  Division Orders

P O Box 27570

Houston TX 77227-7570

  Q.  Are there options to receiving my check monthly?

A. Your checks can be issued on a quarterly or semi-annual schedule. Send us a signed written request stating the schedule you prefer.

  Q. How can I arrange for electronic funds transfer deposit of my checks?

A. Please see the forms section of this website for OEMI's Electronic Funds Transfer Form.  Please print the form and completely fill in all the information, sign it and mail it to:

Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc.

Attn:  Division Orders

P O Box 27570

Houston TX 77227-7570

 

Q. I have found that OEMI has turned money over to the State in my name. How do I reclaim this money?

A. Under the escheat laws of each respective state, we are allowed to hold unclaimed funds for a specific period of time. The funds are turned over to the state of the last known address of record. If the address is unknown, the funds are turned over to the state of incorporation of the reporting company. Oxy's state of incorporation is Delaware .

The reclamation process will be between the claimant and the state holding the money. If contacted by a State: Follow the directions provided by the state. If contacted by someone other than the State: Be careful. Some 'finders' charge a fee or a percentage of the amount recovered. You can search for unclaimed property yourself. There are no fees and no time limit on reclaiming or filing a claim.

The majority of states have unclaimed property web sites. You can search for your name and print claim forms from these sites. Begin your search by state name, then state government. For example, the Texas Comptroller of Public Funds is the agency for the State of Texas . For some states, it is the Treasurer's office or Department of Revenue. Or, www.NAUPA.com maintains a national database of unclaimed property records of participating states. However, not all states participate in this database.  Write to the state of residence or past residences and request a search be performed for you. All states have an unclaimed property department. For an accurate search, you should provide as much information as possible. Include your full name, social security number, and how you may be reached.

Remember - once you have reclaimed your funds, notify us if you think there is a possibility we may be holding additional funds in your name.

Q. Why didn't I get a check this month?

A.  Our checks are mailed on the 20th of each month. If you do not receive your check by the tenth business day from the date the checks were mailed, contact OEMI.

Please be advised that it OEMI's policy to issue a check once an account has accumulated $25.00 of production proceeds.  If an account balance is less than $25, a check will be issued when the account balance reaches $25. The exception to this policy is that at least once a year we release all account balances regardless of amounts to clear our books.

 Q. How can a check that is six months old or older be cashed?

A. Our bank will honor our checks for one year from the date of issuance even though it is stated on the check 'void after six months'. Process the check through your bank if it is still within a one year period.   If the check is more than one year old, return the original, stale-dated check to the attention of OEMI'S Owner Relations for research and replacement.

Q. How do I notify Oxy if I want to have federal taxes deducted from my royalty checks?

A. Deducting Federal Back Up Withholding from your monthly check is not an option. Tax laws prohibit deducting federal taxes from royalty payments.

Q. What I'll do if I forgot my password?

A.  Follow the following steps

      ·           Click "Forgot Password?" Link

      ·            Provide UserName, Last 4 Digits of SSN/Tax ID and Last 6 Digits of your OEMI Owner Number.

      ·           Click Submit button.

      ·            An email will be send to the email address mentioned in the account with the new password.

      ·            Log in with new password. You need to change the password after first log-in.

      ·            Note: If you failed to log-in in 3 attempts account will be locked.

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