If you're in Oklahoma, there's a 25 percent chance you have unclaimed property. Maybe you or a relative lost track of royalties, a bank account, stock, utility deposit. Searching for lost or forgotten property can get complicated. However, there are ways to simplify your property search.
Here are four tips for your unclaimed property search:
Look up all of your names. Remember to search both married and maiden names. If you have gone through several name changes, there is a higher probability of unclaimed property being filed under several different names.
Nicknames. Be sure to search all possible nicknames. If your name is Robert, property could be filed under “Rob” or “Bob.” In addition, search your middle name and initials.
Look up relatives who have passed. There is a chance family members who have passed away were unaware of their unclaimed property. Typically, relatives are able to claim property for deceased family members. Start collecting documents to prove the person was a relative before making the property claim.
Check other states. If you have moved, there is a good chance unclaimed property is in a former state of residency. Because all 50 states have some sort of unclaimed property program, any state treasurer’s office would be willing to help you make a claim. Visit www.unclaimed.org to search other state’s unclaimed property data bases.
Unclaimed property can be in various forms like an old bank account, jewelry in an inactive safety deposit box or an unclaimed tax return. State Treasurer Ken Miller is making it a high priority to return unclaimed property to its rightful owner. To search for your unclaimed property and start your claim, visit www.yourmoney.ok.gov.