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Stocks, bonds and mutual funds
Safe deposit box contents
Utility and phone company deposits
Uncashed checks, such as payroll, insurance payments, or travelers checks.
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The original owner.
Heirs of original owner.
A personal representative if the Estate is open.
A beneficiary or co-owner listed on account.
Unclaimed money is any intangible asset that is held, issued or owing in the ordinary course of a holder's business that has remained unclaimed by the owner for a statutory period of time after it became payable or distributable. Some examples of unclaimed assets are:
Outstanding payroll and vendor checks.
Matured certificates of deposit.
Savings and checking accounts.
Principal on debt.
Uncashed money orders, cashiers checks, travelers checks, and other official checks.
Unreturned and unused security deposits.
Accounts receivable credit balances and discounts due.
Property held by courts and other governmental entities.
Amounts due under terms of insurance policies
These assets become unclaimed property for a variety of reasons:
Businesses lose track of owners due to a change of address.
Owner may have forgotten about the asset and failed to notify the business of his new address.
Property becomes abandoned due to the death of the owner.
The decedent's family is often times not aware of these assets.
Other assets become unclaimed property because of a custodial relationship experienced as a minor child. Parents establish accounts in the name(s) of minor children, then forget about the accounts. The children are usually unaware of them until:
Accounts are advertised in the newspaper.
claim form is received.
Stock splits and other securities transactions account for a large portion of unclaimed property.
Property is lost due to business dissolution or merger.
Customers will overpay on their accounts, or send remittances with no indication as to which account to apply the payment towards.
These credit balances are often times just left on the books of companies.
Checks have been lost in the mail or put in a drawer and forgotten.
If property is unclaimed and the holder cannot contact the apparent owner, property is considered abandoned, as follows, from the date of the transaction:
(This example is from Arizona. Years and Items may very and/or change state to state)
The Department of Revenue would never charge anyone to claim what is rightfully theirs.
Only if you enter into a written agreement with a locator and the agreement meets the requirements of A.R.S. Â§ 44-327.
Abandoned property is kept forever in the State's Unclaimed Property Fund for claim by the rightful owner or their heirs.
Payroll - 1 year
A/P checks - 5 years
Individual Retirement Accounts - 3 years
Demand, savings or time deposits - 5 years
Retail business credit - 5 years
Matured Or Terminated life or endowment Insurance Policy - 2 years
Not Matured Life Or Endowment Insurance 5 years
Limiting Age Insurance Policy - 2 years
Property held by courts - 3 year
Other governmental entities - 3 year
Business dissolution property - 1 year
Safe Deposit Boxes (rent unpaid) - 1 year
Utility Deposits - 2 years
Stock or other equity interest - 3 years
Principal on debt - 5 years
Money Orders - 7 years
Traveler's Checks - 15 years
Official Bank Checks - 5 years
Most other funds - 5 years
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