No matter what part of the state you call home, New York can be a wonderful place to be. From the vibrancy and multiculturalism of New York City to the scenic beauty of Niagara Falls to every place in between, the state is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.
That does not mean, however, that living in New York is inexpensive. In fact many parts of the Empire State are among the most expensive places to live in the entire country, so finding some extra cash is always a welcome experience.
That extra cash could be closer than you think, and all it takes to find out is a simple online search. Like other states, New York maintains a registry of unclaimed property, and you can stake your claim when you follow these simple steps.
1.Start your search at the official repository of unclaimed property in the state of New York. The URL for the database is www.osc.state.ny.us.
2.Click the Search Now button in the middle of the home page.
3.Choose between the Search for Individual and Search for Organization options. You can conduct a search for unclaimed property related to a business you own as well as for your own unclaimed or forgotten property.
4.Enter either your first and last name for the individual search or the name of your organization for a business-related inquiry.
5.Review the results to see if you have any unclaimed property coming your way. If you do, you can complete a simple claim form on the website.
6.Provide any additional documentation that may be needed to substantiate your claim and recover your forgotten funds.
7.Wait for your money to arrive and enjoy your good fortune.
There are many reasons a New York State resident would have unclaimed property in the database, and it is a good idea to search the database periodically even if you do not think you have anything coming your way. If you opened a bank account as a teenager and forgot about it, for instance, the money you deposited could be waiting for you in the database. The same is true of things like insurance proceeds, inheritances and the contents of safety deposit boxes. So do yourself a favor, check the database and keep your fingers crossed as you see the results roll in.