Claiming Unclaimed Funds - Makofsky Valente Law Group, P.C.

According to the New York State Comptroller, there is a total of $18.4 billion in lost money in the state, and every day New York returns $1.5 million of that to those who file claims. Could some of it belong to you? Finding out, and filing a claim, is quite easy and straightforward (although know that we are always here to help you).

Where is this money coming from? Banks, corporations, insurance companies and courts are among many organizations required to report dormant accounts to the State Comptroller. While these organizations must try to contact you, they aren’t always successful in which case the funds are turned over to the Office of the State Comptroller. Unclaimed funds might include things like bank accounts, dividends, security deposits, insurance benefits, estate proceeds, etc.

How do I check if I have any unclaimed funds?  Easy.

  • Visit the Office of the State Comptroller’s Unclaimed Funds page. You can easily get there from our Links and Resources page. (There are a lot of other great links there too!)
  • Click on the “Search Now” button.
  • Type your name in the box that pops up and hit “search.” If you have any unclaimed funds they will show up along with the information about ow to file a claim for the funds.
  • If you do have any unclaimed funds you can submit a claim either online or via mail.

Collecting unclaimed funds is generally an easy process, but we are available to help if you have trouble or if you have a more complex situation, such as collecting unclaimed funds for someone who is deceased which may require a probate proceeding. We can help you if you need assistance. Feel free to reach out to us via phone or email with any questions!

Note: The information provided herein does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available here are for general informational purposes only.

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