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QUESTION: I want to transfer my mineral rights to my children. How do I value them?

ANSWER: Minerals have no value until there is leasing and/or exploration and production in the area.  If there is no production in the area the value of the right to the mineral would be in the range of $1.00 to $5.00 per acre.

If there is some leasing in the area then the value is based on the current bonus amount per acre.  In some areas this is ranges from a low of $15.00 acre up to $1,250 or more per acre.

If there is actual production in the area, say within about 1 mile of your mineral interest, then the value is based on approximately 36 months worth of the production.  

These are guidelines and nothing more.  The value is like a is only worth what someone else will pay for it.

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QUESTION: Who does the valuing so that it is acceptable for calculating taxes? what would the cost be of obtaining a value?

The only entity qualified to do this, if it is done, is the county in which the minerals are located.  You can call the tax assessor/appraiser in the county in which the minerals are located and ask them if they place a dollar value on the minerals.  


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I will try to answer any question you have. Even if I reject a question, I still will give a shot at what I would do in your position. The only questions I will not take a shot at would be a highly technical engineering or geological question. I am beginning to see quite a few questions from land men and other oil companies and that doesn't matter to me either. I will attempt to help.


I am an oil and gas attorney that has been in the business for more than 20 years. I have held a series 22 and 63 securities license, been in oil and gas operations, land man, division order analyst all prior to obtaining my law degree. Today, I typically write title opinions verifying ownership of oil and gas minerals, assist landowners in negotiations on oil, gas and mineral leases, easements and conveyances. I also assist oil and gas companies with the sale of working interest ownership as well as common business law issues.

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