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General Claims

If you are claiming property listed under a name other than your own you will file a General claim form. Please complete, sign and mail the form with the following documentation:

  • Photocopy of your driver’s license or other photo identification
  • Proof of your social security number is required to issue payment. Photocopies of the following are acceptable:
    • social security card
    • tax record
    • school record
    • military identification card
    • pay stub or;
    • insurance identification card

In addition to providing your identification you will need to provide proof of the following on the reported property owner:

  • Proof of reported property owner’ social security number. If the reporting company provided a social security number, it might be the only information we have to determine rightful ownership and it may be required to issue payment. Photocopies of the following are acceptable:
    • social security card
    • tax record
    • school record
    • military identification card
    • pay stub
    • insurance identification card.

    Note: If the reported owner is deceased, the social security number may be on the death certificate.

  • If there is an additional owner of the property listed on the claim form, provide the above identification for that person as well and a notarized statement from the additional owner, relinquishing his or her rights to the property.
  • Proof associating the reported property owner with the last known address provided to us by the reporting company. If the reporting company provided a last known address, it might be the only information we have to determine rightful ownership and it may be required to issue payment. Photocopies of the following are acceptable:
    • utility bill
    • mortgage payment coupon
    • post-marked envelope
    • driver’s license
    • cancelled check
    • birth certificate
    • report card
    • credit report
    • pay stub*
  • Proof of business dealings between the reported property owner and the reporting company. If the reporting company did not provide a social security number or last known address, this may be the only information we have to determine rightful ownership. Photocopies of the following are acceptable:
    • insurance policy
    • contract, invoice
    • receipt
    • money order
    • original uncashed check
    • front and back side of a cleared check
    • gift certificate
    • account statement
    • bank book
    • original safe deposit box key
    • mineral property division order
    • court document
    • stock certificate.

Note: If the property involves a cashier’s check, money order, stock, bonds, or coupons, we may require the original instrument to process your claim. These items have been cancelled by the reporting company and need to be taken out of circulation. If you do not have the originals, you will receive additional instructions upon review of your claim.

*The pay stub must reflect the last known address associated with the property.

Additional Documentation

Additional documentation is required depending on your relationship to the reported property owner and to further support your authority to claim this property on their behalf or as an heir. Please refer to the information below that applies to your capacity:

Parent/Custodian:

  • if the reported property owner is currently under 18 years of age, provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate and proof of his/her social security number
  • if the reported property owner is currently 18 years of age or older, provide a copy of his/her photo identification and proof of social security number
  • if the reported property owner is deceased, provide a copy of the death certificate (certified copy required if claim is $5,000 and more)

    Note: If the child is 18 years old or older, payment will be made to the child.

Court Appointed Guardian:

Provide a complete copy of current Letters of Guardianship and a copy of photo identification for the individual for whom you are guardian. Letters of guardianship are executed by the court appointing you as Guardian. Your authority must not be expired or expire during the claim verification or payment process.

Heir:

Provide a certified copy of the reported owner’s death certificate (certified copy required if claim is $5,000 and more), proof of social security number (if not listed on the death certificate), and the following:

  • If the deceased owner left a will that was probated, provide a complete copy of either:
    • the will and the Order Admitting to Probate, or
    • the will and the Order Admitting Will to Probate as Muniment of Title

    If the estate has been closed, please provide a copy of the court documents verifying final closing and distribution for the estate in addition to the copy of the probated will.

    If submitting copies of the Order Admitting Will to Probate as Muniment of Title you MUST also provide a copy of the will. If the estate has been closed, please provide a copy of the court documents verifying final closing and distribution for the estate in addition to the copy of the will.

  • If the deceased owner did not leave a will or the will was not probated, the required heirship documentation is based on the total value of your claim.
    • A total claim value that is $5,000 or less requires a notarized Affidavit of Heirship completed in its entirety by a third disinterested party (someone other than an heir). You may download, print and mail a completed Affidavit of Heirship (53-111-b) (PDF, 59k) with your claim.
    • A total claim value that is $5,001 through $10,000 requires a notarized Affidavit of Heirship, completed in its entirety by a third disinterested party (someone other than an heir). The completed Affidavit of Heirship must be filed in the county in which the reported owner lived and died. You may download, print and mail a completed, filed Affidavit of Heirship (53-111-a) (PDF, 63k) with your claim.
    • A total claim value that is more than $10,000 requires a Court’s Determination of Heirship or a Small Estates Affidavit of Heirship; both documents require a judge’s signature. You will receive further instructions during the claim process if this document is required.

    Note: Upon receipt and review of your claim, should the total value increase, the required documentation will change based on the above criteria, and you will receive further instructions during the claim process.

Administrator:

Provide a copy of the reported owner’s death certificate (certified copy required if claim is $5,000 and more), proof of social security number (if not listed on death certificate) and current Letters of Administration. Letters of Administration are executed by the court appointing you as Administrator of the estate. Letters can be dated no earlier than 90 days before the date the claim is filed if the dollar value of the unclaimed property claim is more than $25,000. If the claim is $25,000 or less, the letters can be up to 18 months old.

Executor:

Provide a copy of the reported owner’s death certificate (certified copy required if claim is $5,000 and more), proof of social security number (if not listed on death certificate) and current Letters Testamentary. Letters can be dated no earlier than 90 days before the date the claim is filed if the dollar value of the unclaimed property claim is more than $25,000. If the claim is $25,000 or less, the letters can be up to 18 months old.

Trustee:

Provide a copy of the reported owner’s death certificate (if applicable and a certified copy is required if claim is $5,000 and more), a complete copy of the Trust Agreement, proof of the Trust tax identification number and:

  • If the Trust is still in effect, provide a copy of the current Trustee’s driver’s license.
  • If the Trust has terminated, provide copies of driver’s licenses and proof of social security numbers for all Trust beneficiaries.

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