Feb 082018

Webmaster’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119.

Unclaimed property consists of money and other personal assets that are considered lost or abandoned when an owner cannot be located after a specified period of time.  It includes checking accounts, certificates of deposit, overpayments, gift certificates, paid-up life insurance policies, unpaid wages, commissions, uncashed checks, death benefits, dividends, insurance payments, money orders, refunds, savings accounts, stocks, and contents of safe deposit boxes.  Unclaimed Property does not include real estate, animals, or vehicles.

Millions of dollars are turned over annually to the State of Maine by entities who cannot locate the owners.  There is no fee charged to process your property claim.

To search for unclaimed property, please visit Unclaimed Property Search and Claim.  If you find your name on the list, you can make a claim right there by filing online or you may print a claim form and mail it to Office of the Maine State Treasurer, Attn:  Unclaimed Property, 39 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0039.   Some claims may take up to 90 days to process.  Claims involving stocks or mutual funds may take considerably longer.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Maine State Treasurer at (207) 624-7470 or send an e-mail to updotgeneralinquireatmainedotgov  (updotgeneralinquireatmainedotgov)  .

Webmaster’s Note: A few years ago I did this and found some–an uncashed check! Admittedly it wasn’t enough to take an extended vacation but was, literally, “found money.” It’s worth a look.

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