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Unclaimed property is property that has been lost, forgotten, or abandoned and is held by a state agency waiting for the owner to claim. The range of unclaimed property is large. Many people conduct searches and realize they have an unclaimed tax return, while others may find that they have been overlooking unclaimed funds from their 401K. There are several ways to search for and collect unclaimed property. Below are a few of the more commonly asked questions regarding unclaimed properties that have been answered by Experts.

I want to search for the business I work for to find dormant funds that are subject to unclaimed property laws and will become void if not claimed. How would I do this?

Usually, most banks keep this type of information up to 7 years. You need to contact the company's bank . Once you have made contact, you should be able to search the bank files for any unclaimed property that belong to the company.

This website: http://www.unclaimed.org/mainframe.asp?VisitorType=owner has sources that allow you to search multiple sources that may be holding unclaimed funds. When using this website, your search will be free.

Another search option would be to contact your County or state office of unclaimed funds. If the unclaimed property is within your state, this would be a more direct approach for searching. This information is also free of charge. If you would like to use this option, just type in "unclaimed funds" your state ____or county____ and your states office should appear.

We have missing safety deposit box contents that the bank claims they sent to the state unclaimed property division. The State doesn't have it. What should we do?

Generally, a bank will send items of a safe deposit box to the unclaimed property division if the safe deposit fees have not been met by the renter. Most banks have this stipulation listed in the rental agreement.

There usually isn't any liability on the banks behalf when they send the contents of a delinquent safe deposit box to the state unclaimed property division, regardless of the individual circumstances surrounding the lack of payment.

While the state is usually immune to any form of lawsuits for damages, at this point, your best approach would be to continue communications with the state and explain the situation leading up to the loss of your property.

Are there lawyers that would be able to help me claim forgotten property from the Florida Department of Financial Services? My great grandparent has property that has not been claimed.

Conducting this type of search usually doesn't require the assistance of an attorney. However, if you would prefer to use an attorney, you can go here: www.martindale.com for a list of attorneys in your area that can assist you in the search. A probate attorney would be best suited for this type of assistance due to their extensive knowledge of the procedures of claiming unclaimed property. Many people conduct their own search through the state agency without the use of an attorney. However, there are fewer issues to deal with when using the assistance of an experienced attorney. If you choose to conduct the search on your own, contact the state office of unclaimed property. The office will provide you with the needed paperwork. As long as you don't need to open a probate estate in order to claim the funds, the process is relatively smooth. If you have to open a probate estate, you may want to contact a probate attorney for assistance.

I am wondering how to get unclaimed assets? I live in Florida.

You can conduct a search for free through the Bureau of Unclaimed Property to find any funds that may be yours to collect. If you find unclaimed funds, the bureau will assist you through the claiming process. http://www.fltreasurehunt.org/ControlServlet?ActionForm=GotoNewPublicSearch

Another option would be to use a company that conducts the search for you and retrieves the funds for a portion of the find(usually half of the amount). While this may save you the time of conducting the search yourself, the company is charging you while they are simply making a search through unclaimed property records that are free to the public. You can save yourself some money if you conduct the search for unclaimed property yourself.

The numbers of unclaimed property in the United States is overwhelming. Many people go through life never realizing that they have items or funds waiting to be claimed. While you can search for these funds on your own, it is always best to ask an Expert before attempting a task that you are unsure about.

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