jlocke1970

Yearly Claim Renewal

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Howdy all,

I'm sorry for this "new guy" question....I've looked around online and have not been able to come up with an answer.....hoping someone may help without rubbing my newbie nose in it too bad!

Here's the deal, the wife and I are thinking about staking a claim of our own (our first, obviously). I understand the requirement to either pay the maintenance fee to the BLM or file for the small miner's waiver. My question is in regards to the county recorder's office (in whichever county claim is staked). Does anything need to be done through the recorder's office on a yearly basis? Or is this only when the claim is first registered or re-opened? Is it only the $155 per claim to the BLM or is there added cost to the county, yearly?

Thanks for your help guys (or gals). I'm trying to make sure that there are no surprises as I tally up our projected costs involved.

Take care and thanks again,

Jim 

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Yes, the claim needs to be filed with the local county recorder. The county recorders have their own set of fees - some big and some small, and some counties even charge property taxes, and you need to pay them in addition to the BLM fees. I'm not really sure what you mean by "when the claim is first registered or re-opened".

There are a number of laws and specific requirements for staking a claim. If you dont follow them, no one will tell you, but your claim will be invalid and worthless. It not impossibly hard, but you need to know what you are doing. You need to know what you are doing before you go out to stake or you are just wasting your money. Before you stake the claim or file any paperwork read these two documents carefully. (note: most of the Nevada state rules apply everywhere, so its not just a Nevada thing)

https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/MiningClaims.pdf

and

http://data.nbmg.unr.edu/public/freedownloads/sp/sp006.zip

 

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Thank you for the reply, Chris.

Any help here, is really appreciated.

All I meant by "when the claim is first registered or re-opened" was, is the County Recorder involved with the renewal process on a recurring basis . I knew that in transferring from one owner to the next (quitclaim) that the deed needed to be recorded. I just did not know if each year something had to be recorded with the county. The claim I am receiving is in La Paz County, AZ.....I am having a difficult time finding anything in regards to AZ mining law, something that I can understand - that is. What I had hoped, was that AZ had a publication along the lines of the California "Location and Validity of Mining Claims" book. Not that it is very clear (not the greatest layout for find the info needed). I have not found anything like it for Arizona.

I thank you for the links you provided and am grateful for your help and time,

 

Jim

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Are you staking a claim or buying a claim from someone? You originally said "staking a claim of our own", but now say you are "receiving" a claim.

If you are buying not staking, I have a warning for you. There are vendors who go out and stake abandoned claims that no one has bothered with and then promote them as if they are something great and sell them on ebay or through other channels. Normally the claims have few if any values left, but the sellers make a lot of money doing this because its a dream that a lot of folks identify with. Often what they are selling is a just a pipe dream - not something that is commercially valuable. I have to say I am highly dubious of these claim sellers and the methods they use. Often the claim buyers end up contacting me because once they have your money, you are on your own. If you are thinking of buying a claim, take as step back and re-think what you are doing and why you are doing this. Consider learning more and eventually staking a claim of your own when you find something worthwhile.

Federal mining law is 90% of claim law and it is the same all across the USA. Many of the Nevada claim laws are the same as elsewhere, so the difference between Nevada and AZ is small. The county recorder is involved every year just as the BLM office is, and you must file paper and pay fees.

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Chris,

I am sorry for how I worded my original post. I am not staking a claim, I am receiving it from my aunt. It is more or less a gift. We paid her 5 bucks for it. She has no interest in the claim as it was my uncles . He passed several months ago . I do not know if it will be worth the effort and time involved, but it is interesting to me. And since my wife and I travel to the area yearly, I figured why not!I do thank you for the warnings and am in agreement with what you are saying. 

I've got a bit of studying to do, to say the least. 
Thanks again,

Jim

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That sounds great. Sorry for getting off on the tangent of claim sellers. Just a personal thing with me.

Ask the BLM folks at the claim office in Phoenix about fees. If the claim is not already in your Aunt's name, you may need some sort of documentation to show your uncle passed and the claim now belongs to your Aunt. Otherwise they may not accept a quitclaim from her. There is a fee for quitclaims.

Best of luck to you and if you have any questions at all about things related to the claim, feel free to ask.

I'll ask one - is it a hard rock claim or a placer claim?

 

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Thank you,  Chris.

This claim is a lode claim. From what I'm told, my uncle did very little under ground, mostly trenching and small pit work. Before he passed he transferred interest to her. She was the sole holder.

Thanks again for the info. Just trying to make sure I don't do something stupid and lose something that has a family attachment. 
Take care, 

Jim

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