Welcome to Simple Life Corp's Unclaimed Money Center!
This page offers links to government, state and other sites that allow a FREE search for any unclaimed or abandoned property that may be in your name. (Did you inherit a pile of cash from Aunt Bertha, whom you lost touch with 20 years ago?) The links should be alphabetical by state. A few non-USA links are also listed at the end.
What is unclaimed money? Often this is a forgotten utility deposit, a last paycheck, a tax refund, interest or a dividend that was paid after you closed an account. Sometimes it is life insurance proceeds that named you as a beneficiary. The amounts can vary from a few dollars to thousands or hundreds of thousand dollars. The laws will vary by state, but in general, businesses, public utilities, banks, brokerage firms, and government entities are required to turn the funds over to the state with as much information as they have about the owner. The state then holds this money and publishes the unclaimed funds list.
Your search should include all variations of your name, previous names and should include all states that you may have lived in, worked in, invested in, or done business in. Check every state if you think you might have an inheritance from a long-lost relative. If you are an executor of an estate or a guardian of a person, then you will also appreciate this search site. Use the search to help assure that all assets of the estate are accounted for.
If a match for your name comes up, the general procedure is to request a form to submit a claim. This may be online or by regular mail. I am not aware of ANY state that charges for this service - beware if you are asked to pay a fee - they are usually just a middleman that is going to complete this easy paperwork process for you! You may be then asked for some kind of proof of who you are, such as a copy of a utility bill or even you social security number (be very sure you are working directly with the state agency before you release this information!) But you should expect to have to prove who you are and why the money is yours to claim.
Note that we show the links as a source of information only. We cannot take responsibility for your use of any of the links. Please use the information wisely.
Please let us know if any of these sites requests a fee for your search or for your claim.
Update Sept 2, 2012 -- We've noted that several links need to be updated. We'll correct that soon, please check back if your state shows a broken link note.
NAUPA official web site
ALABAMA - link needs to be updated
DELAWARE - link needs to be updated
INDIANA unclaimed property
IOWA - link needs to be updatd
MAINE unclaimed property (this site also searched 27 other state sites)
MARYLAND - once on the page, scroll down for the link
NEW HAMPSHIRE - abandoned property
NEW JERSEY - link needs to be updated
NORTH CAROLINA - link needs to be updated
VIRGINIA - link needs to be updated
WEST VIRGINIA - link needs to be updated
WYOMING unclaimed property
Check out our list of suggestions for places to give your items at Simple Life's Clutter Control Center . Thanks for reading. I hope that this is a great help to you.