A Public Service of Mark Kantrowitz

The Unclaimed Property Page

 

Money that belongs to you might be sitting in a state unclaimed property office, just waiting for you to claim it. Unclaimed property offices and state escheators currently hold several billion dollars of "lost money" belonging to millions of people. This web page (www.unclaimedproperty.info) will tell you how you can find out - for free - whether there is unclaimed property belonging to you, and how to claim that property.

How Property Becomes Lost

Most unclaimed property becomes abandoned as a result of a change of address (the owner moved), a name change (the owner got married or divorced), or death of the owner (the estate was unaware of the money or the heirs could not be located). Sometimes the owner knows about the asset, but is unaware that it has been decleared abandoned and turned over to the state.

For example, here are a few of the most common scenarios in which you could "misplace" your money and not even know about it:

  • Perhaps you moved and forgot to claim your security deposit.

  • Perhaps the utility company owed you a refund check or a refund of your deposit, and you forgot to inform them of your new address.

  • Perhaps the dividend checks from your stock or mutual fund have been going to the wrong address.

  • Perhaps you moved your money to a new bank, but forgot about an account or safe deposit box you left with the old bank. Or maybe you left a little money in the checking account to be safe, and forgot about it.

  • Perhaps you have a certificate of deposit with a bank that has seen no activity for five years. If you let it roll over and ignore the bank's mail, it could be declared abandoned.

  • Perhaps a long lost relative died without a will, and its taken years for the courts to settle the estate.

  • Perhaps a relative died and the insurance company took a while to send the check for the proceeds of the life insurance policy. Or the life insurance company may have undergone demutualization and was unable to find a current address for the policyholder.

  • Perhaps you simply forgot about some money owed you.

To prevent your property from getting lost, you should keep an up-to-date list of all your family's assets, including bank accounts, certificates of deposit, mortgage escrow accounts, retirement accounts (IRA, Keogh, and 401(k)), layaways, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance policies, security deposits, and safe deposit boxes. If you change your name or address, write to the address associated with each asset to notify them of the change. Likewise, if you regularly receive insurance benefits or dividends, and the checks stop coming, promptly notify the company of the problem.

What is Unclaimed Property?

Unclaimed property can include:
  • Dormant Savings and Checking Accounts and Certificates of Deposit
  • Safe Deposit Box Contents
  • Uncashed Money Orders, Cashiers Checks, and Travelers Checks
  • Uncashed Payroll Checks
  • Unused Gift Certificates
  • Oil and Gas Royalty Payments
  • Uncashed Stock and Mutual Fund Dividends
  • Stock Certificates
  • Mineral Royalty Payments
  • Unclaimed Security Deposits
  • Utility Deposits
  • Customer Deposits, Overpayments, Credit Balances, and Refunds
  • Court Deposits
  • Insurance Payments
  • Probate Court Judgments
  • Property Overlooked in the Probate of an Estate
  • Paid Up Life Insurance Policies
  • Uncashed Death Benefit Checks and Life Insurance Proceeds
  • Health and Accident Insurance Payments
  • HUD/FHA Refunds

What Happens To Unclaimed Property?

Every state has unclaimed property laws which declare money, property, and other assets to be abandoned after a period of inactivity of three to five years. During this abandonment period landlords, banks, utilities, hospitals, brokerage firms, mutual funds, insurance companies, and other organizations are required to try to return the valuables to their rightful owners. If they are unsuccessful, they then turn the property over to the state's abandoned-property division or unclaimed property office.

According to a US Supreme Court decision (Texas vs. New Jersey, 379 US 674, 1965), the unclaimed property is returned to the state of the property owner's last known address. If no address is known, it is returned to the state in which the business holding the funds is incorporated.

The unclaimed property office then tries to find the rightful owners, by placing advertisements in newspapers and trying to trace the owners. Unfortunately, many states only advertise the new additions to their files.

There is no time limit on claiming your property. Abandoned property has been reunited with its rightful owners 30, 40, and even 50 years after it was turned over to the state. Some states have unclaimed property dating to the late 1800s. (A few states have started setting time limits, but in most cases a tracer that talks about statute of limitations is trying to create a false sense of urgency.)

If the owner of the property is deceased, the relatives can file for the unclaimed property.

Finding Out About Your Lost Money

So how can you find out if there's money waiting for you? Very simply. If you think there might be unclaimed property that belongs to you, call or write to the unclaimed property office in each state in which you or your deceased relatives have ever lived. A list of the addresses of state unclaimed property offices appears below. It is a good idea to check with these offices every five years, even if you are certain that you haven't lost any property.

The unclaimed property office will ask for your name (including your maiden or former names), your Social Security number, current address, and all previous addresses where you lived while in the state. They will want the same information about any other individual for whom you're the legal beneficiary.

The unclaimed property office will use this information to check their database. If there's a match, they'll send you a form to fill out. You'll have to provide proof

  • that you are who you say you are (a photocopy of your driver's license will do),
  • that you resided at the address you provided (a bill showing your name at the address or a copy of your tax return showing the address), and
  • that the money is yours (a pay stub, bank book, utility bill, or similar documentation of a connection between you and the money).
If money is in someone else's name, you will also have to supply proof that you're the beneficiary, such as a copy of the deceased's will.

Once you submit the claim form, it should take about two months for you to get the check.

Even if you don't find any money, you should continue to check with the unclaimed property offices every few years. Sometimes the money takes a while before it is turned over to the unclaimed property office.

Don't Pay Finder's Fees

Don't pay a fee for someone to locate your unclaimed property.

Tracers are professionals who make a living finding the owners of unclaimed property. They then contact the owners, and offer to help them locate their unclaimed property for a fee. The fees range from 10% of the value of the property to as much as 60%. All you get for the fee is the name and address of the state unclaimed property office that has your property.

If a tracer tells you there's money waiting for you, you can call the state yourself and get the money without having to pay anybody anything. States return abandoned property for free.

If the tracer is unwilling to tell you which state has the unclaimed property, try calling or writing each of the states listed below. Start first with the states in which you've lived, and the states in which your deceased relatives lived. Also try the state in which the tracer is located, since many tracers specialize in tracing their home state's unclaimed property listings. Once you know that there is unclaimed property waiting for you in some state's coffers, it is very easy to file a claim. If all else fails, sending a postcard to each of the state unclaimed property offices will cost you less than most finder fees.

If you come up empty-handed, try waiting a year and trying again. Some tracers buy unclaimed property lists directly from major companies, in order to get a head start on the state unclaimed property office. (A few states have passed laws making it illegal to charge finders fees once the unclaimed property is published on the state's list.)

Of course, you may decide to pay the tracer's fee because it is convenient. If so, try to negotiate the fee down to 20% or less before signing any contract. (You have some leverage in the negotiation because they do not get paid if you do not sign the contract.) Also ask for information about their guarantees. For example, in some cases you may already know about the property and were just not aware that it had been turned over to the state.

Ask about the amount of money. If the amount is more than $10,000, have an attorney review the contract before you sign it. You might also want to negotiate a flat fee or a lower percentage if the unclaimed property has substantial value.

If a tracer asks you to pay money up front, don't pay anything. Reputable tracers always work on a percentage basis and get paid after you receive your money, not before.

Also beware of the Nigeria scam, in which someone sends you a forged cashiers check for greater than the amount due you and asks for you to send them the difference. It can take a week or two for the forged check to bounce, but they will have already absconded with the money you sent them. Never ever pay any money up front to recover your assets. Wait until a month after the check clears before paying the finder's fee. Also, the payment to you will come from a reputable source, such as the state treasurer's office.

You should also beware of outfits which charge a flat fee for nothing more than a list of unclaimed property offices.

Federal Unclaimed Property Offices

If you had an old FHA mortgage paid off before November 5, 1990, you may be due a refund. For more information, call the FHA Support Service Center at 1-800-697-6967, see the HUD Get A Refund search engine on the HUD site, or write to HUD, Distributive Shares Branch, PO Box 23699, Washington, DC 20026. Questions about refunds may be emailed to sf_refunds@hud.gov.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation maintains a list of 12,000 people who are owed approximately $27 million in unclaimed pension benefits. The PBGC database can be searched by name, company name, or state using the Find Missing Participants tool. PBGC also provides a Find My Plan tool.

The Social Security Administration also keeps records about people who qualify for certain pension benefits. When you apply for Social Security benefits, they automatically check your name and Social Security Number against the pension records database and will inform you if there are any matches.

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSI) is the regulatory agency with oversight over retirement funds. It works to ensure that retirees get the money that is owed to them. The EBSI web site includes an Abandoned Plan Search tool that can be used to find retirement plans that are terminated or in the process of being terminated.

If you forgot about a bank account, try calling your state banking commission. If the bank account was at a bank or savings & loan that went out of business, try calling the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) Division of Resolutions and Receiverships (DRR) at 1-888-206-4662. They can help you track down the current location of your bank accounts and reunite you with your funds.

You can also search for bank accounts (including IRAs) with failed banks on the FDIC web site. The search tool is very sensitive to how you spelled your name in the account title, so try your name in several variations (i.e., with and without the middle name or middle initial, with and without a period after the middle initial, etc.).

If you have an unclaimed income tax refund, contact the IRS for information on how to obtain the refund. There are two types of unclaimed income tax refunds:

  • Never filed an income tax return. If you did not file a federal income tax return but are due a refund, you must file a federal income tax return to claim the refund. The median unclaimed refund is about $550. Federal income tax returns must be filed within three years to claim any refunds owing to you.

  • Filed an income tax return. If you filed an income tax return but the check was returned to the IRS as undeliverable (perhaps you moved and forgot to update your address with the IRS), visit the IRS's Where's My Refund? web site to check the status of your refund and provide the IRS with your updated mailing address. (You will need to provide your Social Security number and the amount of the refund you are expecting.) You can also call the IRS at 1-800-829-1954. The average amount of a returned refund check is about $1,150.

If you know that a Federal agency has money belonging to you, but need the phone number for the agency, try calling the Federal Information Center at 1-301-722-9000 or visiting USA.gov or the Federal Citizen Information Center at 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636) or visiting Info.gov. They can direct you to the appropriate Federal office.

Unclaimed State Income Tax Refunds

The following is a list of links to state web sites for checking on the status of your state income tax refund. States that do not have a state income tax are not listed.

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California (Previous Years), Colorado, Connecticut (Previous Years), Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts (alternate), Michigan (alternate), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (Previous Years), Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon (OregonRefund.com, Previous Years), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah (Tax Express), Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

US Savings Bonds

After US Savings Bonds have reached their maturity dates, they stop earning interest. You should cash them in at that time. You can check what a US Savings Bond is worth today using the Savings Bonds Calculator.

If you have lost your US Savings Bonds, you can file a claim to have them replaced using Form PD F 1048. It helps if you kept a record of the bond serial number, issue date, registration, and the social security number of the bond owner. But the Bureau of Public Debt may be able to trace the bonds even without the serial numbers. For more information, use Treasury Hunt or send email to savbonds@bpd.treas.gov.

Life Insurance Company Demutualization

Several of the nation's largest life insurance companies started as mutual life insurance companies, which are owned by the policyholders. When these companies converted to publicly traded firms through a process called demutualization, shares of stock were issued to the policyholders in exchange for their ownership interest. If the current address of the policyholder was unknown, the shares of stock and any dividends are held in trust. Millions of policyholders and their heirs may be entitled to these funds.

The largest life insurance companies that have demutualized include the following firms:
  • American Mutual Life - AmerUS
  • Anthem Insurance
  • Central Life Assurance
  • Equitable - Axa
  • General American Life
  • Indianapolis Life
  • John Hancock Mutual Life
  • Manufacturers Life - Manulife
  • Metropolitan Life - MetLife
  • Mutual of New York - MONY
  • Mutual Service Life
  • Nationwide Life
  • Northwestern - ReliaStar
  • Phoenix Home Life
  • Principal Mutual Life
  • Provident Mutual Life
  • Prudential Life
  • Standard Insurance
  • State Mutual - Allmerica
  • Sun Life
  • Sun Life - Clarica
  • Union Mutual - UNUM

A more comprehensive list of more than 75 life insurance companies that have demutualized is maintained by Glenn Daily, a fee-only insurance consultant.

If you believe you may be owed money or shares from the proceeds of the demutualization, contact the insurance company directly. If the demutualization occured more than five years ago, usually you will then be referred to the state unclaimed property office.

National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits

The National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits (NRURB) is operated by PenChecks, Inc., the largest national processor of retirement plan distributions. Occasionally, retired individuals may have forgotten about a retirement plan, or they may have moved and failed to inform their retirement plan about their new address. The National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits is an attempt by PenChecks to match people with records of abandoned retirement plans, such as 401(k)s, IRAs, pensions and profit sharing plans. Their database lists more than 50,000 individuals who are owed retirement plan distributions. Most are owed $500 to $1,000.

State Unclaimed Property Offices

A list of the state unclaimed property offices follows. If an unclaimed property office maintains a web site, the name of the state is linked to the web site.

In addition, there is now a free national database that combines the state databases. This site, called Missing Money, is sponsored by Checkfree.

ALABAMA
State Treasury
Unclaimed Property Division
PO Box 302520
Montgomery, AL 36130-2520 
1-334-242-9614

ALASKA
Department of Revenue
Unclaimed Property Unit
1111 W. Eight Street, Room 106 (99801)
PO Box 110420
Juneau, AK 99811-0420
1-907-465-4653
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

ARIZONA
Department of Revenue
Unclaimed Property Unit
1600 West Monroe
PO Box 29026
Phoenix, AZ 85038-9026 
1-602-542-4643

ARKANSAS
Auditor of State
Unclaimed Property Division
1400 West 3rd Street, Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72201-1811
1-501-324-9670

CALIFORNIA
Division of Collections
Bureau of Unclaimed Property
PO Box 942850
Sacramento, CA 94250-5873
1-916-445-8318
1-800-992-4647 (in CA)

COLORADO
Unclaimed Property Division
1560 Broadway, Suite 1225
Denver, CO 80202
1-303-894-2443
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

CONNECTICUT
Unclaimed Property Division
Department of Treasury
55 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
1-860-566-5516
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

DELAWARE
Bureau of Abandoned Property 
PO Box 8931
Wilmington, DE 19899 
1-302-577-3349

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Office of Finance & Treasury
Unclaimed Property Unit
810 1st Street NE, Room 401
Washington, DC 20004 
1-202-727-0063

FLORIDA 
Department of Banking & Finance
Bureau of Unclaimed Property
101 E. Gaines Street, Fletcher Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0350 
1-904-487-0510 or 1-904-488-0357
1-800-848-3792 (Comptroller's Hotline) 
1-888-258-2253 (Unclaimed Property Office, FL only)
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

GEORGIA
Dept of Revenue
Property Tax Division
Unclaimed Property
270 Washington Street, SW, Room 404
Atlanta, GA 30334
1-404-656-4244

HAWAII (search)
Unclaimed Property Section
PO Box 150
Honolulu, HI 96810-0150
1-808-586-1589

IDAHO
Unclaimed Property Division
PO Box 36
Boise, ID 83722-2240
1-208-334-7623

ILLINOIS
State Treasurer's Office
Unclaimed Property Division
P.O. Box 19495
Springfield, IL 62794-9495
Phone: 1-217-782-6692
See also www.cashdash.net 

INDIANA
Attorney General's Office
Unclaimed Property Division
402 West Washington, Suite C-531
Indianapolis, IN 46204
1-317-232-6348
1-800-447-5598
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

IOWA
Unclaimed Property Division
State Capitol Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-5366
See also the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt.

KANSAS 
Unclaimed Property Division
900 Jackson, Suite 201
Topeka, KS 66612-1235
1-913-296-4165 or 1-800-432-0386
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

KENTUCKY
Unclaimed Property Branch
Kentucky State Treasury Department
Suite 183, Capitol Annex
Frankfort, KY 40601
1-502-564-4722/6142
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

LOUISIANA
Louisiana Dept of Revenue & Taxation
Unclaimed Property Section
PO Box 91010
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9010
1-504-925-7407/7425
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

MAINE
Treasury Department
Abandoned Property Division
39 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0039
1-207-287-6668/2771

MARYLAND (alternate link)
Unclaimed Property Section
301 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2385
1-410-225-1700
1-800-492-1751
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

MASSACHUSETTS
Abandoned Property Division
1 Ashburton Place 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
1-617-367-0400
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

MICHIGAN
Unclaimed Property Division
Michigan Department of Treasury
P.O. Box 30756
Lansing, MI 48909
1-517-636-5320
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Commerce Department
Unclaimed Property Section
133 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
1-612-296-2568
1-800-925-5668
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

MISSISSIPPI
Unclaimed Property Division
PO Box 138
Jackson, MS 39205-0138
1-601-359-3600

MISSOURI
Missouri State Treasurer
Unclaimed Property Division
PO Box 1272 
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1272
1-573-751-0840/0123

MONTANA
Unclaimed Property Division
Department of Revenue
Mitchell Building
Helena, MT 59620
1-406-444-2425
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

NEBRASKA (alternate link)
Unclaimed Property Division
PO Box 94788
Lincoln, NE 68509
1-402-471-2455
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

NEVADA (alternate link)
Department of Business & Industry
Unclaimed Property Division
2501 East Sahara Avenue, Suite 304
Las Vegas, NV 89104
1-702-486-4140
1-800-521-0019

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Abandoned Property Division
Treasury Department
25 Capitol Street - Room 205
Concord, NH 03301
1-603-271-2649
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

NEW JERSEY
Department of the Treasury
Property Administration
CN 214
Trenton, NJ 08646
1-609-984-8234 

NEW MEXICO
Department of Revenue & Taxation
Special Tax Programs & Services 
PO Box 25123
Santa Fe, NM 87504-5123
1-505-827-0767
1-505-827-0769
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

NEW YORK
Office of Unclaimed Funds
Alfred E. Smith Building, 9th Floor
Albany, NY 12236
1-518-474-4038
1-800-221-9311

NORTH CAROLINA
Department of State Treasurer
Escheat & Unclaimed Property
325 North Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-1385
1-919-733-6876

NORTH DAKOTA
Unclaimed Property Division
State Land Department
PO Box 5523
Bismarck, ND 58506-5523
1-701-328-2805
1-701-224-2805

OHIO
Division of Unclaimed Funds
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43266-0545
1-614-466-4433
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma Tax Commission
Unclaimed Property Section
2501 Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73194-0010
1-405-521-4275/4273

OREGON
Unclaimed Property Unit
775 Summer Street, NE
Salem, OR 97310
1-503-378-3805 x283

PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania State Treasury
Office of Unclaimed Property
PO Box 1837
Harrisburg, PA 17105-1837
1-800-222-2046  Claims inquiries
1-800-379-3999  Reporting questions and Instructions
Email: tupmail@patreasury.org
Includes a search interface to the name database.

RHODE ISLAND
Unclaimed Property Division
PO Box 1435
Providence, RI 02901-1435
1-401-277-6505
Includes a copy of the money list.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Office of the State Treasurer
Unclaimed Property Division
PO Box 11778 
Columbia, SC 29211-1778 
1-803-737-4771

SOUTH DAKOTA
Unclaimed Property Division
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
1-605-773-3378

TENNESSEE
Unclaimed Property Division
Andrew Jackson Building, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243-0242
1-615-741-6499

TEXAS
Unclaimed Property Division
Texas State Comptroller's Office
Box 12019
Austin, TX 78711-2019
1-512-463-6060
1-800-654-3463 (in Texas)
Includes a search interface to the name database.


UTAH
State Treasurer's Office
Unclaimed Property Division
PO Box 140530
Salt Lake City, UT  84114-0530

Physical address:
168 N 1950 W
Salt Lake City, UT  84116

Phone: 1-801-715-3300
Toll Free: 1-888-217-1203
Fax: 1-801-715-3309


VERMONT
Abandoned Property Division
State Treasurer s Office
133 State Street
Montepelier, VT 05633-6200
1-802-828-2301
1-800-642-3191
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

VIRGINIA (direct link and press release)
Division of Unclaimed Property
Department of Treasury
PO Box 2478
Richmond, VA 23218
1-804-225-2393

WASHINGTON
Unclaimed Property Section
Department of Revenue
1101 S. Eastside Street
PO Box 448
Olympia, WA 98507
1-360-586-2736 or 1-800-435-2429
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

WEST VIRGINIA
Unclaimed Property Division
Office of State Treasurer
Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
1-800-422-7498
Includes a searchable interface to the unclaimed property files.

WISCONSIN
Unclaimed Property Division
State Treasurer s Office
PO Box 2114
Madison, WI 53701-2114
1-608-267-7977
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

WYOMING
Unclaimed Property Division
State Treasurer s Office
1st Floor West, Herschler Building
122 West 25th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002
1-307-777-5590
Includes a searchable interface to the name database.

Other Unclaimed Property Offices

Claimable Property

Unclaimed Property Auctions and Stores

Canadian Bank Accounts

Swiss Bank Accounts

Australia Unclaimed Property

Other Government Auctions

You've probably heard about government auctions, where you can buy government seized vehicles and boats for "pennies on the dollar" and other outrageous claims. The automobiles actually sell for closer to the price of a used-car (and are often bought by used car dealers). If you're interested in such government auctions, the U.S. General Services Administration publishes a guide to Federal Government Sales that provides detailed information about all federal government auctions. The guide is available from the US Government Printing Office (Washington, DC 20402, call 1-202-512-1800) for $1.75, or you can read it for free on the GSA's US Consumer Information Center.

For information about U.S. General Services Administration auctions, call 1-703-305-7814 or visit http://www.gsa.gov/.

For information about Treasury Department Auctions, call the Public Auction Line at 1-703-273-7373 or visit the Treasury Department's Auction Information Page.

Other useful resources include:

For information on sales by the U.S. Customs Service, call 1-703-351-7887 or write to EG&G Dynatrend, Inc., US Customs Service Support Division, 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 705, Arlington, VA 22201.

The FDIC sells the assets of failed banks (mostly real estate). For more information, call 1-800-873-7785.

BBB Alerts

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued an alert on March 21, 1997, about email messages which asked the consumer to call a number in the 809 area code to get information about unclaimed money.

The BBB has also issued an alert about National Assets Recovery, a company that sent post cards to consumers nationwide asking for $14.98 for information on how to find their unclaimed money.

The BBB also issued a tips for consumers in September 1997 on Locating Unclaimed Property.

Other Sources of Information

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAPUA) is a professional association for state unclaimed property administrators. Their web site includes a map with links to state unclaimed property offices in the United States and Canada.

The Unclaimed Property Holders Liaison Council is an association of corporate unclaimed property holders. UPHLC focuses on simplifying reporting requirements and legislative issues.

Tracers on the Web

Here's a list of tracers with web pages. Some of these tracers provide a free teaser online, which tells you whether there's money listed under your name, but they do not tell you any of the details.

Please note that I do not have a financial interest in these companies, nor am I otherwise affiliated with them. I am not responsible for the content of their web pages. I neither recommend nor endorse (nor disrecommend) the use of these firms. Caveat emptor. The sole criterion for listing them is the fact that they are tracers with web pages.

In addition to the above organizations, NUPA - Unclaimed Assets sells a 192-page book about unclaimed assets for $20. Orders may be placed over the phone at 1-800-247-6553 or online. Their web site also includes a variety of useful information.

Resources for Holders of Abandoned Property

This section lists resources for holders of abandoned property, such as tools and services for fulfilling reporting requirements.

Many states have a free software reporting program, but it is only good for one state. The following vendors supply software and/or services that produce reports for every state.

The following are not software vendors but they provide a variety of abandoned property consulting services, such as processing a company's abandoned property reporting or assisting with compliance issues.

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