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For just claims that exist (not expired), set "Title Status" to "Good Standing".
After you click "Next", you will see...
|Status||Which Means||Which Really Means|
|GOOD||Good Standing||Claim exists|
|ABAN||Abandonment||Owner gives up claim - maybe a legacy claim and he/she owns the cells|
|CANC||Cancellation||Claim canceled - see below|
|CONV||Conversion||Conversion of "staked" Legacy Claim to Cell-Based Claim|
|DEMI||(don't know)||Conversion of a Claim (or old-style Placer Lease) to a new Placer Lease|
|FORF||Forfeiture||Claim was not renewed - it expired|
|TRAN||Transition||"Transition for converting Placer Lease to legacy Placer Claim" - This probably shouldn't happen anymore|
In particular, no matter whose fault it was, if a claim forfeits, it is gone. At 10:00 the next morning, someone may acquire a claim over the newly-opened cells.
Sometimes, mining companies accidentally let claims forfeit - sometimes very valuable claims. There are people that try to get a claim in this situation so that they can sell it to the company.
This can get out of hand... At 10:00 am, trying to be faster than the company, to get a claim that can be sold to the company for a huge amount of money because the company basically has no choice.... What if the company has to have the claim to keep their mine open? Maybe a big mine that is a huge investment and employs people?
If the amount of money asked for the claim is a few hundred dollars, it is a business service. On the other extreme, say, a million dollars for a one-cell claim... there would seem to be a lot of money involved for the amount of consent involved... it makes me think of the words "extortion" and "racket".
I have heard that, in extreme cases, the government - folks at Mineral Titles Branch presumably - has canceled claims bought for this purpose and, I assume, let the companies that owned the forfeited claims get a new ones.
Clicking the tiny Magnifying Glass with a + beside it does the same thing.
It seems that "Located Titles" only includes "legacy" claims that existed as of some date - possibly in 2005 when the MTO system was made public.
If you click on the "Located Titles" number, you may get the message: Sorry, there's no matched titles found. The owner staked claims, but they all expired before 2005, so they aren't in the MTO system.
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