6 Things to Know About Finding Unclaimed Assets

Billions in unclaimed assets are sitting in state and federal coffers.

By Michael Stratford

1. The money is out there. Small amounts in dormant savings accounts and safe-deposit boxes can really add up. In 2006, when the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators last conducted a nationwide tally, states’ treasuries were collectively guarding nearly $33 billion, and that figure is likely higher today. Almost every state treasury has an online database of unclaimed or abandoned property; for NAUPA’s directory of those sites, go to www.unclaimed.org. Most states also provide information to MissingMoney.com, a NAUPA-endorsed Web site.

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