There is a reason New Jersey is known as the garden state. In spite of the urban reputation, the state of New Jersey is rich in green space, with plenty of room to stretch out and explore. And no matter which exit of the New Jersey turnpike is closest to your home, as a garden state resident you could always use a little extra cash.
If your wallet is feeling a bit thin these days, you may be able to skip the side hustle altogether. In fact, you could have unclaimed property worth hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars coming your way, and that extra loot is just a web search away.
Like other states, the state of New Jersey maintains a database that is filled with unclaimed money, insurance proceeds, and even inheritances. From the bank account, you had long ago forgotten about the money your now deceased Aunt Doris left you, those funds could be yours for a simple online search. Here are the steps you need to take to search for, and find, those long-lost funds.
1.Begin your search at the dedicated website the state has set up for just this purpose. That URL is, appropriately enough, unclaimedproperty.nj.gov.
2.Complete the claim form to search for money or property that may belong to you. The site allows individuals to search for both individual property and property that may belong to a business they currently own or used to own.
3.Review the list of results to see if any of the properties may belong to you. Check the list carefully to make sure you do not miss out on any missing money.
4.Check to see if additional information is required. Depending on the type of property you are claiming you may be required to provide additional documentation to prove your ownership and claim your money.
5.Track the status of your ongoing request to see where it is in the process. The amount of time required to process your individual or business claim will vary depending on the workload of the government officials, the complexity of the claim and a number of other factors.
6.Enjoy your newfound money.
There are a number of reasons why property ends up in the New Jersey state database of unclaimed funds. In some cases, it is a bank account that gets opened and then forgotten, and the funds get turned over to the state when the bank is unable to contact the depositor. In other cases the proceeds of insurance policies may end up in the database when the next of kin cannot be located. No matter what the reason, however, it is certainly worth a few minutes to check the database and find your missing money, so take the time now to get reunited with your cash.