The Department of Revenue helps you recover money and property from sources such as unclaimed paychecks and abandoned safe deposit boxes.
- To claim property, you must be its verified owner. Unless you are an estate executor, you can't pick up property for a relative or friend.
- To prevent money and property from going unclaimed, you should share information about your financial records with trusted family and friends, update your address when you move, and quickly respond to mail from your bank and business contacts.
- The Department of Revenue provides this service for free; beware of individuals or companies that will charge you a fee for this service.
Find out if there is any unclaimed property in your name or your business' name. If you find personal property, you can then request a claim form. If you find business-held property, you'll need to prepare an authorization form that states that you have the right to act on the business' behalf.
You'll need a notarized claim form, your Social Security card, photo ID and either proof of address or proof of account. If you're claiming money or property as an estate executor, you'll also need the probate documents.
Lots of requests for claim forms come in daily, but not all of these requests correctly match property to owner. It's possible, for example, that there's another city resident with your name. So, if you haven't heard back yet, it's likely the property is not yours.
Source: Department of Revenue. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.