Saturday Finances—Unclaimed Property

Search individual state links to find out if you have any unclaimed assets

National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators

A real treasure hunt

What is unclaimed property?

According to the NAUPA definition, "unclaimed property" refers to accounts in financial institutions and companies that have had no activity generated or contact with the owner for one (1) year or longer.

Common forms include:
  • savings or checking accounts 
  • stocks 
  • uncashed dividends or payroll checks
  •  refunds
  • traveler's checks
  • trust distributions
  • unredeemed money order or gift certificates
  • insurance payments & life insurance policies
  • annuities
  • certificates of deposit
  • customer overpayments
  • utility security deposits
  • mineral royalty payments

How Does it Work?

Most states have unclaimed property laws which instruct companies to turn forgotten funds over to a state official who will then make a diligent effort to find the owners or their heirs.  

If you have moved around, you could potentially have lost funds in every state in which you have resided.
When owners are located, the funds are returned at no cost or for a nominal handling fee upon filing a claim & verifying identity.  

Several opportunistic businesses have used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain owner information.  They will conduct the same search that is available for free and try to charge a fee for it.  All of the information is available free of charge by searching the NAUPA directory or by searching the national database,

Where to Start Your Search

A website directory to every state's unclaimed property claim site.

A state-by-state individual search for unclaimed property.  This is limited to participating states & provinces highlighted in green.  

Go to the website to 
access this interactive map.

Search by name for unclaimed property.  Be sure to try different versions of a name, e.g. first initial, last name; full name, nicknames, etc.

Nebraska State Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Search
Search by name for unclaimed property in Nebraska.


Click HERE for more helpful info.

 • good • luck • & • happy • hunting •

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