Missing Money Claim Tips

What is a claim? When you find a match, you must complete a claim form. Most states require a specific form which asks pertinent information about the property and proof of ownership, such as copies of checkbook, passbook, bonds, etc.

How do I file a claim? Follow the instructions to complete the form and supply any necessary documentation and identification. These are then mailed to the appropriate state for processing. Please be patient.

What do I do if I have questions about a claim that I've already submitted? Contact the state where you mailed your claim. Remember due to claims processing activity and significant work done to ensure funds are returned to rightful owners, you must allow ample time for your claim to be processed.

What type of documents do I need to claim my money? These are covered in the claim instruction form on this site and may include copies of checkbooks, wills, bonds, social security numbers, previous address information, etc.

How do these accounts or property become unclaimed? Often the owner forgets the account exists, moves and does not leave a forwarding address. In some cases, the owner dies and the heirs have no knowledge the property exists.

Why do States have unclaimed property laws? Laws were enacted to prevent business owners from using your money and taking it into their income.

What attempts are made to find owners? Most states require businesses to send a notice to the last known address informing you that your account will be transferred to the state for safe keeping. Most states publish the names of missing owners in county newspapers in an effort to return unclaimed property.

Do I get interest on my unclaimed property? Most states pay interest on interest bearing accounts only such as a savings accounts, however you should check with your state's unclaimed property department for specific information.