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Did you know that in the United States alone there is over $35 Billion in unclaimed funds and property? And that's billion with a "B"...

With that in mind, it's quite plausible that you or someone you know may be entitled to receive assets or money that the government is simply storing for them in lieu of their claim.

So what's the deal with unclaimed property? And how does the government end up safeguarding them?

In general, it works like this - businesses are required by law to transfer any "unclaimed" accounts, assets or money which belong to someone else after a certain period of time. At this point, the government's role is to try and locate the missing owner and reunite them with their property.

A simple example of this would be a bank holding someone's checking/saving account that has been dormant for a long period of time. The bank would try to make contact with the account holder, but if he or she was deemed missing, then the funds are turned over to the government.

This same process applies to things like inheritances, payroll checks, pension payments, investment or trading accounts, security deposit boxes, insurance policies, refunds (eg. mortgage insurance refunds, etc), stock dividends, and even things like unclaimed tax refunds.

You can freely claim any property that is owed to you, or if property is owed to a deceased family member to which you are the legal heir. Unclaimed records are free to access and the claim process is also free, regardless of what you may have been told by a company or individual who is trying to earn a contingency or "finder's fee" to help you locate missing funds.

Here is a comprehensive list of databases and unclaimed property searches:

Nationwide Unclaimed Money & Assets

Unclaimed Money - USA Nationwide Database - Official nationwide database of unclaimed accounts. Search by name and filter by state.

Unclaimed Money - Canadian Unclaimed Balances - Canadian unclaimed balances search. Search by name of account holder. Again, like the US, Canada's claiming process is free and a service of the federal government.

Government May Owe You Money - Official government page with a list of resources that may be applicable to some US citizens.

Statewide Unclaimed Money & Assets

Alaska - Treasury dividion, unclaimed property search.

Arkansas - Unclaimed property division "treasure hunt".

British Columbia (BC), Canada - BC Unclaimed properties database.

California - Unclaimed property search.

Colorado - Office of state treasurer payback search.

Connecticut - CT state treasury unclaimed property owners list.

District of Columbia (DC) - DC unclaimed property database.

Florida - Chief financial officer, unclaimed property search

Georgia - Dept of revenue, unclaimed property database

Hawaii - Dept of budget & finance, unclaimed property search

Iowa - Unclaimed asset search, "great Iowa treaure hunt".

Idaho - State tax commission; unclaimed asset search.

Illinois - Treasury office, unclaimed cash & property search.

Indiana - Unclaimed money, property & assets search.

Kansas - State treasurer unclaimed property search.

Kentucky - Unclaimed property search.

Louisiana - Department of treasury, unclaimed property search.

Massachusetts - Abandoned property division.

Maryland - Comptroller of maryland

Maine - Unclaimed property search & claim.

Michigan - Michigan's money quest; dept. of treasury

Minnesota - MN dept. of commerce unclaimed property search.

Mississippi - MS state treasurer.

Montana - Unclaimed property search information, redirects to missingmoney.com

North Carolina - NC department of state treasurer.

North Dakota - Unclaimed property database.

Nebraska - State treasurer's department.

New Hampshire - Abandoned property search

New Jersey - NJ Taxation office; unclaimed asset search.

New Mexico - Unclaimed property database.

New York - NY State comptroller - unclaimed search.

Oklahoma - State treasurer.

Oregon - OR unclaimed property name search.

Pennsylvania - Unclaimed funds search.

Rhode Island - General treasurer's unclaimed money search.

South Dakota - Office of state treasurer.

Texas - Comptroller of public accounts.

Utah - Unclaimed property division.

Virginia - Dept of the treasury.

Washington - WA state department of revenue, unclaimed search.

Wyoming - WY unclaimed propert list.

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