There is a lot to love about living in the state of Florida. The weather is undeniably perfect, at least most of the time. The sun is always shining and the beaches are just a short drive away.
At the same time, living in the Sunshine State can be an expensive proposition at times, so wouldn’t it be nice if you found out you had some free money coming your way? For lots of Florida residents, that dream of found money can be a reality, thanks to the unclaimed property database. Here are the steps you can take to search for unclaimed property and stake your claim for your missing and forgotten funds.
1.Start your search online at the dedicated Florida unclaimed property website. The URL that leads to the database of missing money is www.fltreasurehunt.org.
2.Enter your information directly on the claim form in the middle of the home page. You will need, at a minimum, to provide your first and last name.
3.Narrow your search by providing additional information, including your middle initial and the city name. The more information you provide the more precise the results will be but feel free to do a more general search if you are willing to wade through lots of results.
4.Review the results of your search. If you think you have money coming your way you can fill out an online claim form to start the process.
5.Provide any additional information to substantiate your claim and recover your missing money. The type of documentation needed will vary depending on what kind of property you are trying to claim.
6.Track the progress of your claim by entering your claim number on the website. The time required to verify and process a claim will vary, but you can check the status online at any time.
7.Enjoy your found money.
There are many reasons why Florida residents may have their funds end up in the database of unclaimed property. When bank accounts go dormant, the funds may be turned over to the state if the account holder has not responded to repeated contact attempts. Florida residents may also be the unknowing heirs of deceased relatives or the beneficiaries of insurance proceeds they did not even know about.
The reasons vary, but the results are much the same. Finding free money just feels good, and with searching so easy there is no reason not to check and stake your claim.