How many people know that their state could be keeping money or property that needs to be claimed? It may be an uncashed check, stocks, bonds or the contents of a safe deposit box. I discovered this when I stumbled upon a link on my state government’s website to check for unclaimed property. It was free to check — and fast. I learned that my state was holding several hundred dollars’ worth of items for me to claim.
And states aren’t keeping this unclaimed property a secret. South Carolina, for example, is running a “Matchelor” social media blitz to connect state residents with what they’re owed. The total value of unclaimed property is high. New York is holding on to $16.5 billion in lost or forgotten property, while California’s holdings are valued
Did you know that your state may be holding property of yours — money, an uncashed check, jewelry or safe-deposit box items — that you need to claim? This happened to me: I stumbled upon a link on my state government’s website to check for unclaimed property. It was free to do so. I found my state was holding several dollars worth of items I could claim.
The total value of the unclaimed property is quite high. New York is holding on to $16.5 billion in lost or forgotten property, while California’s holdings are valued at approximately $10.2 billion. Florida returned claimed property worth $328 million last year. In 2019, the average claim paid was $1,780 according to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.
It takes less than two minutes
Is your state holding onto unclaimed money or property that belongs to you? It could be a refund or cash settlement, a forgotten bank account, an abandoned safe deposit box, an uncashed cashier’s check and money order, wages, an insurance benefit, stocks, bonds or a dividend. To get your money or property from the state, all you have to do is claim it.
While digging into an issue around identity theft, I came across a link to check for unclaimed property with my state. I followed it, and a few minutes later — much to my surprise — I discovered I had $200 in property to claim. I’m not alone. The amount of unclaimed property across the US is significant. In 2019, the average claim paid was $1,780, according to the National Association of