The state of Virginia is rich in history, but that does not mean that all of its residents are wealthy. If you love living in the state but wish you had some extra cash to go around, you just might be in luck.
Like other states, the state of Virginia has compiled a massive database, one that is overflowing with unclaimed property, old bank accounts, and lots and lots of cash. If any of that money is yours, you can stake your claim and grab your share. Then you can use that found money to treat your spouse to dinner, stock up at the grocery store or just buy an extra tank of gas. But no matter how you plan to use the funds, you need to find them first, and here is how to go about it.
1.Begin your search for missing money you might be owed by going to the website the state of Virginia maintains for just this purpose. The website address is trs.virginia.gov.
2.Click the Just Search button if you do not wish to set up a formal account. If you like you can establish a logon ID and password to speed the claims filing process and make following up on claims easier.
3.Click on the Search for Yourself option on the next page. This will bring up the easy search query form.
4.Enter your first name, middle initial, and last name to conduct the search. Click on the Go button to begin the query.
5.Review the list of results carefully. Look for any property you think may belong to you. If you are married, be sure to check for property under both your maiden and married names.
6.Complete a claim form for any property you think may belong to you. Check for documentation requirements to see which types of proof may be requested and make sure you have the information needed to prove your claim and verify that you are the rightful owner.
7.Create an account so you can follow your claim through the process. The account creation is fast and easy, and it will make checking back easier.
8.Enjoy your newfound money.
The funds in the Virginia database of unclaimed property have taken a number of routes to get there. Sometimes there are dormant bank accounts that get turned over to the state when the original depositors cannot be contacted. There may be a tax refund check that was never cashed, or the proceeds of an insurance payout that were never claimed. No matter how they got there, however, that property is waiting to be reunited with its rightful owners.
The state of Virginia may maintain the database, but they do not view themselves as the owner of the funds in question. Instead they are merely caretakers, and their goal is to return every penny of that missing money. Now that you know the process, you can do your part by searching the database, reviewing the results and hopefully staking your claim.