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Find Unclaimed Money: Where’s My Money?

Oct 26, 2017 11:10AM ● Published by Caitlin Marshall

Ever find a $10 or $20 dollar bill in the pocket of a jacket or purse you haven’t used in a while? I have on multiple occasions and for me it’s always a rush—free money! Well, chances are that if you’ve ever moved, closed a bank account or inherited anything—there’s a good probability the state treasury’s “Unclaimed Property” division has something for you. From old security deposits when you were in college to an old checking account you closed when you moved or got married. There are literally thousands of situations in which an entity owed you money but could not locate you to return it. When that happens, the money is sent to the states ‘Unclaimed Property” where it sits until someone claims it. It’s true—no gimmicks or fees to pay—if it’s owed to you—you just have to properly claim it.

 According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, there’s more than $45 Billion in unclaimed property throughout the United States. The State of Louisiana as a whole has more than $780 million available, while Lafayette Parish alone has more than $23 Million dollars of unclaimed property.  

So, what are you waiting for? You’re only a few computer clicks away from discovering if you have unclaimed property!

To search nationally, visit: https://www.unclaimed.org      

To search Louisiana’s Guide to Unclaimed Money:      

  • Visit: www.treasury.state.la.us

  • Click on the “Unclaimed Property” tab on the left side of the page

  • Then simply click “Search For Your Unclaimed Property””

In a 15 minute test of the system, I found 4 family members with unclaimed property over $100. Search for your friends, relatives and neighbors. They will love you for finding money for them!


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