There is a lot to love about living in the state of Delaware. The fact that Delaware was the very first state in the union means the region is rich in history and steeped in meaning. Its small size makes Delaware feel like a community, and the friendly people make life here a lot of fun.
In fact, the only thing that would make living in the state of Delaware better would be if you had some extra money in your wallet. And if you could use some extra cash, you might be in luck – the state of Delaware maintains an exhaustive and ever-growing database of missing money, unclaimed funds, and property just waiting to be reunited with their rightful owners. Here are the simple steps you can use to search the database and stake your claim.
1.Start your search for missing money at the website the state of Delaware maintains to house its massive database. The website address for the database is unclaimedproperty.delaware.gov.
2.Click the Search for Unclaimed Property button on the front page of the website. This will bring up the simple query form.
3.Enter your first and last name in the fields on the query form if you are conducting a search for personal property. If you are looking for cash or property that may belong to a company you own or used to own just substitute the name of the business for the last name field.
4.Review the list of results carefully, looking for old bank accounts, unclaimed insurance proceeds, and anything else that might belong to you.
5.Complete the claim form for any assets you feel belong to you. Check the website for documentation requirements, as you will be asked to prove that you are the rightful owner of the property in question.
6.Check back on the status of your claim from time to time. There is a Check Status button on the front page of the unclaimedproperty.delaware.gov website. It can take some time for claims to be processed, so be patient.
7.Enjoy your newfound money.
There are a number of reasons why a particular piece of property or wad of cash would end up in the database held by the state of Delaware. Residents who opened bank accounts and then moved away could see their accounts go dormant and ultimately turned over to the state. Heirs may not know that they had an inheritance coming, and the funds they are due might be turned over to the state when those individuals cannot be found. A long-lost tax refund check may not have been cashed, or payment from an insurance policy may have not been claimed.
No matter how it got there, that property is still waiting, still safe and still ensconced in an easily searchable database. Now that you know how easy it is to stake your claims, why not conduct your search today and see what you find – you might be pleasantly surprised.