This website is a service of the Law Offices of Gary David Quinnett, PLLC. Mr. Quinnett worked for a Fortune 500 company for thirteen years, negotiating hundreds of contracts with the largest law firms in the world.
This firm concentrates on representing the “self-made man” and “self-made woman” who own a privately-held company. Typically, Mr. Quinnett is hired for a single transaction, such as a real estate purchase, and ultimately advances to perform 100% of the client’s legal work.
Mr. Quinnett seeks to deliver legal services at the same level of excellence as a New York City firm. Expect him to advise you on how other similarly-situated clients have acted, with a clear understanding of the implications of decisions.

Construction Law

Construction Law
  • Representing GCs and Subcontractors
  • Public and Private Projects
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Construction Liens also known as Mechanics and Materialmen's Liens (read more)
Lien Checklist (read more)  

Serving all Oklahoma Counties:

Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer Le Flore Lincoln Logan Love Major Marshall Mayes McClain McCurtain McIntosh Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottawatomie Pushmataha Roger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward
  Oklahoma Bar Association

Oil and Gas Law

Oil and Gas Law
Oil and Gas Transactions
  • Leases
  • Operator Agreements
    • Instructions For Becoming a New Oil and Gas Operator (read more)
  • Buy/Sell Agreements
  • Master Service Agreements
  • Auctions
  • Wind energy leases (read more)
  • Water (agreements and permitting with Oklahoma Water Resources Board)
  • Mines (agreements and permitting with Oklahoma Department of Mines)
Oil and Gas Disputes
  Read Gary Quinnett article in Well Servicing Magazine (click here) Order a map of any Oklahoma County with Sections, Townships and Ranges (click here)
"I selected Gary Quinnett because of his outstanding reputation in negotiating oil and gas leases. True to his reputation, he was very professional, timely and thorough in all communications and recommendations. I am confident he negotiated the best royalty and bonus rate for my oil and gas lease." ~ Janet Carroll

Real Estate Law

Real Estate Law
Real Estate Transactions Real Estate Disputes
  • Breach of contract
  • Ownership disputes
  • Foreclosure enforcement and defense
  • Boundary and land-use disputes
  • Quite Title
  • Mediation and arbitration representation
  • Environmental Damages (read more)
  • Nuisance and trespass actions
  • Liens

This website is a service of the Law Offices of Gary David Quinnett, PLLC.   Mr. Quinnett has over 20 years business experience, including 13 years for a Fortune 500 company negotiating hundreds of contracts with the largest law firms in the world. He seeks to deliver legal services at the same level of excellence as a New York City firm.
This firm concentrates on representing privately-held companies and sole proprietorships in all manner of transactions related to real property in Oklahoma, including purchase and sale agreements, liens, mortgages and judgements.
Regarding real estate, this firm represents investors, landlords, lenders, builders, and brokers – anyone who owns, buys, or sells residential or commercial real estate in Oklahoma.
So you’ve agreed on price. What’s next? Suppose you intend to buy commercial property, which has an existing tenant with a triple net lease. After some preliminary negotiations with the seller’s agent, you agree on a price of $500,000. What’s next? Typically, the seller’s agent will ask you to sign a Letter of Intent (“LOI”), which describes the important terms of the agreement like price, amount of earnest money deposit, apportionment of closing costs, and inspection period. Be cautious, dear reader. Even though the LOI is normally not a legally binding agreement, you should treat it as such. The seller, you can bet, will resist any changes to terms that were agreed upon in the LOI. The LOI will allow a certain period, usually ten days, for the parties to sign a purchase contract. If you haven’t engaged an attorney, it’s time now. The attorney will perform a background check, the purpose of which is to spot any obvious problems before you spend money and time on the matter. For more on the background check, see my blog written on March 4, 2012. Regarding the purchase contract, your attorney will a draft a worksheet of material terms. You should expect to be asked:
  • What exactly are you buying?
  • What has to happen for you to close?
  • What documents must the seller provide at closing?
  • What information do you need from the seller?
  • Under what conditions do you receive a return of earnest money?
  • What is the seller promising?
The next step is to draft a milestone schedule. It may look something like the sample illustrated above this article.
We provide documents and services to anyone that buys and sells residential and commercial real estate in Oklahoma.
What is a survey?OKC real estate attorney Surveys are typically used to confirm the boundaries of the property and determine the encumbrances on the property. A licensed professional land surveyor will inspect the property and county records to determine:
  • Legal description
  • The location of all buildings
  • Recorded easements and rights-of-way
  • Bodies of water
Assume that you buy a piece of commercial real estate and the deed states that you will be granted “10 acres.” Further assume that you did not require a survey before closing. Three years later, you learn that a fence encroaches upon your property, reducing your tract to 8 acres. In this scenario, title insurance does not protect you. Transfer-on-Death Deed A unique deed in Oklahoma that transfers property at the time of death of the owner/grantor, avoiding the need for a probate proceeding. The Commercial Lease Suppose that you want to open a spa in a retail center. The landlord will ask you to sign a lease, which was drafted by an attorney and is quite favorable to the landlord. Beware. Some common terms that should be negotiated on your behalf include:
  • What is the landlord’s right to raise the rent?
  • What are the renewal terms?
  • What if you want to expand?
  • What happens if you can’t pay the rent?
  • What if one is harmed while visiting your spa?
  • Is there designated parking for your patrons?
  • Can you affix a sign? Is there an additional fee?
  • Can you avoid a personal guarantee?
  • What if your property is damaged because of a roof leak?
  • What type of alterations can you make?
  • Will the landlord agree to not lease any business that cuts hair; or offers manicures, pedicures, or massages?
  • Have you read the center’s rules and regulations?
  • Who pays for maintenance and utilities in the common area?
  • Will the landlord deliver the premises “broom clean?”
  • What if you make improvements to the space?
What is Oklahoma’s Homestead law? The Oklahoma homestead law protects your primary residence from the forced sale by creditors. Our lawmakers consider the family home a cherished possession. As such, a creditor (one to whom you owe money) cannot force its sale unless to satisfy a mortgage, mechanic’s lien, or unpaid taxes. A creditor can, however, file a judgment lien on the homestead. Although this creditor cannot force the sale of the home, the lien will act as an encumbrance that will need to be satisfied (paid) when you sell the home. One implication of the homestead law is the requirement that any contract, deed or mortgage must be signed by both spouses if it affects the homestead. Avoiding Liability for Environmental Damages When purchasing property, how does one avoid liability for existing environmental damage? Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) parties may be held strictly liable for cleaning up hazardous substances at properties that they either currently own or operate. Parties may also be held liable if they owned or operated the properties at the time of harm. Before a purchase of real property, an “all appropriate inquiries” investigation should be conducted to obtain protection from CERCLA liability. All appropriate inquiries investigations are to be conducted by a qualified Environmental Professional according to prescribed guidelines, which include site inspections, reviews of historical information and interviews with past and present owners and occupants. If one conducts an investigation and follows other guidelines after purchase, then CERCLA liability does not attach by virtue of several defenses:
  • Innocent landowner’s defense: an innocent landowner is someone who can demonstrate that (1) the harm occurred before he or she acquired the property and (2) he or she “did not know and had no reason to know” about the harm.
  • Bona fide prospective purchaser’s defense: a bona fide prospective purchaser is someone who acquires property with the knowledge that the property may be contaminated. However, the purchaser is protected from CERCLA liability if he or she complies with the statutory requirements, which include all appropriate inquiries.
Surface Damage Agreements Surface Owner’s Rights: Oil and Gas Exploration Bond: before the commencement of drilling, Operators must post a Surface Damage Bond ($25,000 minimum) with the Oklahoma Secretary of State. This bond is separate and distinct from Plugging Bond. Pre-drilling Notice: before entering a site for oil or gas drilling, Operator gives Surface Owner(s) notice by certified mail, containing proposed location and approximate date to commence drilling. Negotiations: within 5 days of delivery of pre-drilling notice, Operator and Surface Owner are required to enter into good faith negotiations. In determining Surface Damages, these factors are considered:
  • Location or site of drilling operation
  • The quality and value of the land used
  • Inconvenience suffered by Surface Owner
  • Whether damage is temporary or permanent
  • Changes in physical condition of the tract
  • Destruction of native grass and /or crops
  • How long the surface will be used
  • Damages to the land beyond the land taken for the drilling
  • Future damages
  • Whether any of the Surface Owner’s water is to be used
Additional Considerations: other matters should be considered by the Surface Owner, e.g. pre and post drilling water samples. Petition to Appoint Appraisers: if agreement cannot be reached, Operator must file a court petition to appoint appraisers; Operator appoints one appraiser, Surface Owner appoints one appraiser, and Court appoints a neutral third-party appraiser. Together, three appraisers create an Appraiser’s Report. Lawsuit: If either party rejects the Appraiser’s Report, then a jury trial can be demanded. If the party demanding the jury trial does not recover a verdict more favorable than the appraiser’s report, then that party required to pay attorneys’ fees. Compliance of the Oklahoma Surface Damages Act is enforced through the imposition of treble (triple) damages. If a surface owner proves that the Operator failed to post a bond, send notice before entering premises, agree on damages or petition to appoint appraisers, then court may treble the damages assessed by appraisers or jury.

Sell Your Business

Sell your business
You started with a little cash, or maybe just a lot of determination. You bootstrapped your way to a viable, successful business through hard work and smart decisions. Now its time to cash out, maybe to retire or maybe to move on to the next venture.

Business valuation When you are selling your business, the stakes are high and you need an experienced guide to make sure things go right.   You need expert counsel for things like:
  • How to value the business. What’s a fair price?
  • What should I be doing now to prepare for a sale?
  • What are my risks, and how to I manage them?
  • What legal documents are necessary for a smooth closing?
You will have other questions. Should I sell the stock or the assets of the company? What type of employment agreement is reasonable? How do I minimize taxes?   For example, frequently sellers get the highest multiple of revenue or operating income based on two criteria:
  1. Are the seller’s financial statements credible? Ideally, the seller has audited financial statements (statements reviewed by a third-party CPA).
  2. Is the business sustainable? Frequently, the success of the business being sold is based on the founder. Savvy sellers transfer the power and know-how from the founder to the business.
Mr. Quinnett is experienced in representing buyers and sellers of businesses. He works with CPAs, lenders and government agencies to ensure the outcome you deserve. Call today for a consultation to discuss the sale of your business.

Pricing

Pricing
We charge an hourly fee for our services. About 75% of our clients are referred to us by other lawyers or existing clients. The ways we make the hourly fee worth it:
  • We act fast. If you want a contract drafted, you want it now not 5 days from now.
  • We are accessible. You’ll have Gary’s cell phone number.
  • We keep you updated. I’ll call you immediately with important developments; you’ll have copies of all documents.
  • We look for the easiest ways to solve the problem.
  • We offer advice on how to avoid future problems.
  • We use office staff for non-legal tasks like copying and deliveries.
  • Our invoices are detailed, showing start time, end time and tasks completed.
  • We keep the budget in mind.
 
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The Tenant’s Checklist

Suppose that you want to open a spa in a retail center. The landlord will ask you to sign a lease, which was drafted by an attorney and is quite favorable to the landlord. Beware. Some common terms that should be negotiated on your behalf include:
  • What is the landlord’s right to raise the rent?
  • What are the renewal terms?
  • What if you want to expand?
  • What happens if you can’t pay the rent?
  • What if your customer is injured in the parking lot?
  • Is there designated parking for your customers?
  • What type of sign can you use?
  • Can you avoid a personal guarantee?
  • What if your property is damaged because of a roof leak?
  • What type of alterations can you make?
  • Will the landlord agree to not lease any business that cuts hair or offers manicures?
  • Have you read the center’s rules and regulations?
  • Who pays for maintenance and utilities in the common area?
  • Will the landlord deliver the premises “broom clean?”
  • Can you negotiate a tenant improvement allowance?

Collection Law

Collection Law
  • Promissory Notes and Delinquent A/R
  • Garnishments (Video)
  • Liens (read more)
  • Domestication and Enforcement of Sister State and Foreign Judgments
  • Writs of Execution (Asset Seizures)
  • Foreclosures
  • Hearings on Assets
  • Judgment Liens
  • Involuntary Bankruptcy (read more)
  • Fraudulent Transfers (read more)
  • Collection Tips (read more)
  • 3 Goals of Collections (read more)

On August 27, 2013, Gary Quinnett presented a legal seminar on commercial real estate issues. The attendees rated him "Excellent"