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Some unclaimed property can be claimed online

A reader recently poked me about the California State Controller’s unclaimed property department. The reader simply emailed me a link to the unclaimed property web page with no explanation.

According to that page:

California’s Unclaimed Property Law requires banks, insurance companies, corporations, and certain other entities to report and submit their customers’ property to the State Controller’s Office when there has been no activity for a period of time (generally three years).

The web page allows you to do a number of things online, including downloading unclaimed property records and searching for unclaimed property. I clicked on the link to search for unclaimed property.

The online unclaimed property search allows three types of searches:

  • individual searches
  • business/government search
  • property ID search

I tried a business/government search for “Orange County Breeze” and it came up empty.

As our family name is not that common, I decided to type it in for an individual search and see what happened.

Whoa!

About fifty entries were listed, some for people I’ve never heard of that, presumably, we are somehow related to!

As it turns out, my husband was listed — for a three-year-old dividend check. (Let’s just say that it won’t pay for a lavish cruise to Cabo San Lucas.)

But along with him, some of his relatives have unclaimed property.

So here I am, recommending that our readers — that means you! — visit the unclaimed property website and search to see if you have anything to claim.

The online claim process is quick and easy.

Just do it!

And “Thank you!” to that reader!