It costs you nothing to retrieve what is rightfully yours!! Click on the links and type in your name.
HINT: After checking the normal way in the box where the last name goes
- use the word Trust or Estate or Est along with the town your family member lived in. (This is because lots of property is titled as Trust of John Q. Person or Estate of Jane Q. Person or Est of Mary C. Person.)
- type in your first name or the first name of the deceased person and the city (and/or state)
All organizations are required to report to their state’s Unclaimed Property division any funds unclaimed by their clients, customers, or employees. There are hundreds of thousands of current and former residents’ belongings, known as unclaimed property.
The unclaimed property can be cash, jewelry, stamps and the physical assets of abandoned safe deposit boxes, any of which may have belonged to you at one time — or to a parent or relative — that now can be claimed by you. Common items that have accumulated through the years include uncashed checks, customer credits, inactive (dormant) accounts once held by banks and savings and loans, unapplied deposits from utility companies, insurance companies (old insurance policy that the family knew nothing about), securities and trust holdings, hospital bill refunds, unclaimed rebate checks, Insurance proceeds, stocks, bonds and mutual funds, safe deposit box contents, uncashed checks, such as payroll, insurance payments, or travelers checks and many other sources.
Unclaimed property does not include real estate, vehicles, and most other physical property.
If your name pops up on the unclaimed property databases, all you have to do is fill out a form, answer questions and provide proof of your identity and claim. The process can be fast, easy and cost-free. Avoid anyone or any site that wants you to pay to collect your own money!
Not all states are represented in the above. Look by the individual state (below). There are forms there to download to get your money at no charge. (If the person listed is a deceased relative or friend, only the rightful heir can claim this item. States require legal documents to be submitted for verification; examples include a will and death certificate.)
- California or California
- Illinois or Illinois
- Indiana or Indiana
- Kentucky or Kentucky
- Missouri or Missouri
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Washington or Washington
- West Virginia
To see whether you own a Series E bond
- purchased after 1973-visit treasurydirect.gov and type your Social Security number into the Treasury Hunt function.
- a bond issued before 1974- confirmation is a lot more difficult. Records linking older bonds with their owners are maintained on microfilm, which can only be searched manually by Bureau of Public Debt personnel.
Researchers will conduct records searches for anyone who asks. Information like names, addresses, dates of purchase, and Social Security numbers can lead to successful claims, but the process is slow and hardly foolproof.
The government wants people to cash in their bonds. The problem is that people die and leave the bonds in books, in holes in basement walls, in the attic. Nobody knows they exist.