How to Locate Unclaimed Property
Anybody can claim unclaimed property. Unclaimed property is typically monetary in nature and can be anything from a credit card refund, a tax refund, bank interest or a stock dividend, or any other kind of money that was never received.
All such monies must be reported it to the state as unclaimed property.
Things You’ll Need
- Computer with Internet access
- Driver’s license
- Proof of social security number
- Death certificate (if deceased)
- Will (if deceased)
9 Steps to Locate Unclaimed Property
Locate Unclaimed Property for a Particular State
1. Search unclaimed property for any state using your favorite search engine.
If you are looking in the state of California for instance, enter “unclaimed property California.” The state comptroller’s website will have the data you are looking for.
2. Begin your search by name once you are in the state comptroller’s website.
Each state is different, but you typically must enter the person’s name and city of residence.
3. Review the search results.
Many names may be the same, but the address will uniquely identify the property to either yourself or possibly a deceased relative.
Claim Property That is Yours
4. Download the form required by the state.
Enter the information in the form, print it and sign it.
5. Verify the amount.
If the amount is over a certain limit, you may need to have the form notarized.
6. Send the signed form along with a copy of your driver’s license and social security number.
Claim Property as an Heir
7. Send the claim form along with signatures of all other heirs, including the executor.
8. Gather additional supporting documentation, including a copy of the will, the death certificate, the driver’s license and the social security number of the deceased.
9. Send the claim form and additional supporting documentation as one package.
Read the state comptroller’s website carefully. If you have everything in order, it takes about 180 days to receive the money.
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