Most states maintain an unclaimed money database just for this purpose and most of them are searchable online. If you go to your state website for unclaimed money then you should be able ot search the unclaimed property database for any unclaimed properly which may be due you.
If you state does not have an online searchable database then you may have to call or fax the department in your state which handles the unclaimed money and property databases. There are also companies who combine the results form multiple state unclaimed money databases and they will allow you to search multiple locations for a nominal fee.
If you are short on time or may have unclaimed property in multiple states then it may make sense to pay one of these companies to search all the unclaimed databases for you. Of course this is your choice and it is something you can do yourself. Its also quite entertaining to search online unclaimed databases to see if you may have some unclaimed property.
Most of the databases not only contain your name, but also what type of property is unclaimed in the state. States have millions and sometimes hundreds of millions in unclaimed assets. This unclaimed property comes from a variety of items:
Common types of unclaimed property include:
- Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
- Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
- Uncashed checks and wages
- Insurance policies, CD’s, trust funds
- Utility deposits, escrow accounts
- So if you are searching for unclaimed money or property, then the first place to start is an unclaimed money database