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					                                        AFFIDAVITS OF HEIRSHIP

An Affidavit of Heirship form has been made available for your use should this option be chosen in order to
distribute the estate of the deceased. Please note the following:

If the deceased died intestate (without a Will) or the estate is small and the cost of probate is prohibitive, then
many people choose to use an affidavit of heirship to distribute the assets of an estate. In most instances, it is
preferred that two (2) separate forms be completed by two (2) separate individuals; however, this requirement
may vary from company to company.

Regardless, the Heirship Affidavit MUST be completed by a disinterested person, who is familiar with both the
family and marital history of the deceased, but does not stand to benefit from the estate. For our particular
purposes, once the form has been completed and notarized, it MUST be filed of record in the County Clerk’s office
in the county(ies) where the well(s) are located. Once the form has been recorded and returned to you, we ask
that a copy of the recorded document be furnished this office for our files.


IMPORTANT!                     IMPORTANT!                         IMPORTANT!                       IMPORTANT!


It should be clearly understood that use of an Affidavit of Heirship requires that an estate be distributed in strict
accordance with the Laws of Descent and Distribution, which require that the assets be passed in direct line within
the family (i.e., from parent to child to grandchild, etc.) and may not be used in conjunction with any special
bequests. (Use of this form requires that the estate be distributed as outlined in the examples listed at the bottom of the page)

Lastly, it should be understood that an Heirship Affidavit is used to create a formal legal instrument that will serve
to document the proper chain of title and ownership attributed to the deceased and as such, it must be completed
in its entirety and as accurately as possible. Whenever possible, please include each individual’s entire name,
accurate dates of death, divorce, etc. and a complete mailing address. Please write clearly and legibly.

A list of specific County Clerk offices has been made available for your use in recording any pertinent documents.



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For information purposes, please note that use of an Heirship Affidavit will require that an owner’s interest(s) be
distributed as follows:

SEPARATE PROPERTY:

When an individual dies intestate (without a Will), leaving a surviving spouse and children, then the surviving
husband or wife shall be entitled to a Life Estate in one-third (1/3) of the estate, with the remaining two-thirds (2/3) of
the estate to the child or children of the deceased. Upon the death of the surviving spouse, the Life Estate will
terminate and the one-third (1/3) interest shall pass to the children.

COMMUNITY PROPERTY:

When an individual dies intestate (without a Will), the community property portion of the estate will pass to the
surviving spouse if (1) there are no children or (2) any children are the children of both the deceased spouse and the
surviving spouse.

When an individual dies without a Will and any children ARE NOT the children of the surviving spouse, then one-half
(1/2) of the community estate is retained by the surviving spouse and one-half (1/2) shall pass to the children of the
deceased.


                                                                                                 HeirshipFormInstructions090707
PLEASE FORWARD DOCUMENTS TO THE APPLICABLE OFFICE FOR RECORDING:


   BRAZORIA COUNTY CLERK                        111 E. Locust, Suite 200, Angleton, TX 77515           (979) 864-1355

   CAMP COUNTY CLERK                            126 Church St., Room 102, Pittsburg, TX 75686          (903) 856-2731
   CHEROKEE COUNTY CLERK                        P O Drawer 420, Rusk TX 75785                          (903) 683-2350
   COOKE COUNTY CLERK                           100 Dixon St., Gainesville TX 76240                    (940) 668-5420

   FRANKLIN COUNTY CLERK                        P O Box 68, Mount Vernon, TX 75457                     (903) 537-4252
   FREESTONE COUNTY CLERK                       P O Box 1010, Fairfield TX 75840                       (903) 389-2635

   GREGG COUNTY CLERK                           101 E. Methvin, Suite 200, Longview TX 75601           (903) 236-8430
   GRIMES COUNTY CLERK                          P O Box 209, Anderson TX 77830                         (936) 873-4410

   HARRISON COUNTY CLERK                        200 West Houston, Ste 143, Marshall TX 75670           (903) 935-8403
   HENDERSON COUNTY CLERK                       P O Box 632, Athens, TX 75751                          (903) 675-6140
   HIDALGO COUNTY CLERK                         P O Box 58, Edinburg TX 78540                          (956) 318-2100
   HOPKINS COUNTY CLERK                         128 Jefferson, Ste C, Sulphur Springs TX 75482         (903) 438-4074
   HOUSTON COUNTY CLERK                         P O Box 370, Crockett, TX 75835                        (936) 544-3255, ext. 240

   JACKSON COUNTY CLERK                         115 W. Main, Rm. 101, Edna TX 77957                    (361) 782-3563

   LAVACA COUNTY CLERK                          P O Box 326, Halletsville TX 77964                     (361) 798-3612
   LEON COUNTY CLERK                            P O Box 98, Centerville TX 75833                       (903) 536-2352
   LIMESTONE COUNTY CLERK                       P O Box 350, Groesbeck TX 76642                        (254) 729-5504

   NACOGDOCHES COUNTY CLERK                     101 W. Main, Nacogdoches TX 75961                      (936) 560-7733

   PANOLA COUNTY CLERK                          110 S Sycamore, Rm. 201, Carthage TX 75633             (903) 693-0302

   RAINS COUNTY CLERK                           P O Box 187, Emory TX 75440                            (903) 473-5000, ext. 103
   ROBERTSON COUNTY CLERK                       P O Box 1029, Franklin TX 77856                        (979) 828-4130
   RUSK COUNTY CLERK                            P O Box 758, Henderson TX 75653                        (903) 657-0300

   SMITH COUNTY CLERK                           P O Box 1018, Tyler TX 75702                           (903) 590-4670

   UPSHUR COUNTY CLERK                          P O Box 730, Gilmer TX 75644                           (903) 843-4015

   VICTORIA COUNTY CLERK                        P O Box 1968, Victoria TX 77902                        (361) 575-1478

   WOOD COUNTY CLERK                            P O Box 1796, Quitman TX 75783-1796                    (903) 763-2711



INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE RECORDING OF DOCUMENTS

NOTE: When the requested legal documents have been signed, notarized and are ready for recording, contact the County Clerk’s office in
the county where the well is located and advise them of the type of document that you will be submitting for recordation, the page size (letter or
legal) and the number of pages contained within the document. At that time, you will be advised of the fee that will be charged in order for
the document to be filed of record in that county and a check in the specified amount may then be mailed to the County Clerk’s office, along
with the original legal document and a current mailing address in order to facilitate the return of the document to you after recording. The
original, recorded document should be returned to you within 12-14 days, at which time, we ask that you furnish Valence Operating Company
a recorded copy for our files. It is also suggested that a copy of the recorded documents be given to the Appraisal District for the county(ies)
in which any wells may be located in order to insure that the tax roles are updated to reflect the new and current ownership.




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                                         AFFIDAVIT OF HEIRSHIP
                      As To ____________________________________, Deceased

STATE OF ______________________________

COUNTY OF ____________________________

______________________________________________, of lawful age, being first duly sworn, upon oath deposes and says:
     (Name of Person making Affidavit)

              That affiant was personally well acquainted with the above named decedent, during his lifetime, having

known him (or her) for _____________________ years, and that affiant bears the following relationship to said decedent,

to wit: _____________________________________. Said decedent departed this life at ____________________________,

in __________________________________County, State of __________________________________________, on or about

___________________________________, 19 __________, being ____________ years old at the date of his (or her) death.

               Affiant states that affiant was well acquainted with the family and near relatives of the said decedent, and
the following statements and the answers to the following questions are based upon the personal knowledge of affiant and
are true and correct:

1. Did the decedent leave a Will? _________.     If so, has the Will been admitted to probate? _______________________.

2. Have any administration proceedings or other proceedings been filed in connection with this estate?
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

If so, describe the nature of such proceedings:
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________.

Where filed? ________________________________________ When? ___________________________________________.

3 Was decedent married or single at the time of death? _______________ If married, give name of spouse, address and
date of marriage to decedent: _____________________________________________________________________________.

_______________________________          _____________________________________________            ____________________
          NAME                                            ADDRESS                                 DATE OF MARRIAGE

Is spouse now living? ________________________ If not, state date of death: ____________________________________

4. Was decedent ever married? _______________________ If so, how many times? ______________________________

Give the following information on all spouses of decedent other than the above named widow or widower:

NAME                                         DATE OF MARRIAGE           DATE OF DIVORCE            DATE OF DEATH

____________________________________ ____________________               ___________________       ____________________
____________________________________ ____________________               ___________________       ____________________
____________________________________ ____________________               ___________________       ____________________

5. On the blank lines, give the names and places of residence of all children of decedent who were living at the time of
decedent’s death, together, with the other information called for: (If none, show NONE)
                                              Address, if not Living                               Address, if not Living
Name of Child                Date of Birth      Date of Death          Name of Husband or Wife        Date of Death

______________________       ___________    ____________________      _______________________       ___________________
______________________       ___________    ____________________      _______________________       ___________________
______________________       ___________    ____________________      _______________________       ___________________
______________________       ___________    ____________________      _______________________       ___________________
______________________       ___________    ____________________      _______________________       ___________________


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AFFIDAVIT OF HEIRSHIP

                                      _____________________________________
                                                  Name of Deceased


6. Give below the names of any deceased children of decedent, together with the other information called for: (If none,
show NONE)

Name of Child                Date of Birth      Date of Death         Surviving Husband/Wife      Living/Date of Death

______________________       _____________     _____________     ____________________________      _________________
______________________       _____________     _____________     ____________________________      _________________
______________________       _____________     _____________     ____________________________      _________________
______________________       _____________     _____________     ____________________________      _________________

7.     Give the names of the children of any deceased son or daughter of the decedent: (If none, show NONE)

Name of Child                Date of Birth     Address/If not living, Date of Death     Name of Father and Mother

_____________________        _____________     _______________________________         _____________________________
_____________________        _____________     _______________________________         _____________________________
_____________________        _____________     _______________________________         _____________________________
_____________________        _____________     _______________________________         _____________________________

8. Did the decedent have any step-children taken into his home or any legally adopted children?
______________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________________________________

9. If so, write their names, ages and addresses in blank lines below and indicate as to each whether adopted or
step-child:

Name of Child                 Date of Birth    Address/If not living, Date of Death      Name of Father and Mother

_______________________       ___________     __________________________________       _____________________________
_______________________       ___________     __________________________________       _____________________________
_______________________       ___________     __________________________________       _____________________________
_______________________       ___________     __________________________________       _____________________________
_______________________       ___________     __________________________________       _____________________________

10. Did the decedent leave any unpaid debts? _________________________. If so, give, as nearly as possible, the
amount and nature of such debts and whether they have since been paid:

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

11. State (so far as known to affiant) whether any Inheritance or Estate Tax is due on the estate of decedent or whether
same has been paid: _____________________________________________________________________________________


     (IF DECEDENT LEFT SURVIVING CHILDREN, THEN ITEMS 12 AND 13 BELOW MAY BE DISREGARDED)

12. Give below the names and addresses (together with other information called for) of the surviving father, mother,
brothers and sisters of decedent:

Name                                 Relationship           Date of Birth             Name of Father and Mother

_________________________         ________________        _______________        __________________________________
_________________________         ________________        _______________        __________________________________
_________________________         ________________        _______________        __________________________________
_________________________         ________________        _______________        __________________________________
_________________________         ________________        _______________        __________________________________




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AFFIDAVIT OF HEIRSHIP

                                          ____________________________________
                                                  Name of Deceased



13. Give below the names and addresses (together with other information called for) of the surviving children of any
deceased brother or sister of the decedent:

Name of Child                     Date of Birth     Address/If not living, date of Death       Name of Father and Mother

___________________________       ___________      _______________________________           ___________________________
___________________________       ___________      _______________________________           ___________________________
___________________________       ___________      _______________________________           ___________________________
___________________________       ___________      _______________________________           ___________________________




SIGNATURE OF PERSON MAKING AFFIDAVIT:                    ________________________________________________________
                                                                                  Name

          Subscribed and sworn to before me this ___________ day of _______________________________ 20_____.


My commission expires: _______________________               ____________________________________________________
                                                                                Notary Public


                                          CORROBORATING AFFIDAVIT

STATE OF __________________________
                                                (To Be Signed By Some Person Other Than The One Making The Foregoing Affidavit)
COUNTY OF ________________________


________________________________________________, of lawful age, being first duly sworn, upon his oath states:

The information given in the above and foregoing affidavit is true, to the personal knowledge of this affiant.


                                                          _______________________________________________________
                                                                                    Name

         Subscribed and sworn to before me this ________________day of _________________________, 20_____.


My commission expires: _________________________ _______________________________________________________
                                                                     Notary Public


NOTE: IF ANY HEIRS OF DECEDENT HAVE ALSO DIED SINCE HIS (OR HER) DEATH, A SEPARATE
     PROOF OF HEIRSHIP FORM MUST BE OBTAINED FOR EACH DECEASED INDIVIDUAL




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