How to Find Lost Money

States and federal agencies have billions of dollars in unclaimed assets. Here's how to find out if any of it is yours.

Billions of dollars of unclaimed assets are sitting in state and federal coffers -- and some of that money could be yours. Accounts that have been inactive for at least a year end up in state treasuries and other agencies until someone claims them.

So if you moved, for example, a dividend check might not have made it to your new address. Or maybe your parents opened a savings account for you while you were in college and you forgot about it. If you think you have missing assets, there are plenty of Web sites that can help you track down your money. Laura Cohn tells you where to start your search in Where to Find Free Money in the March issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Here are some of the sources she lists:

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.