More than 37,500 names were added to the Nebraska State Treasurer’s unclaimed property list in 2013 and are included in the annual Unclaimed Property Report to be published in Nebraska newspapers during March and April.
The State Treasurer’s Office is holding more than $135 million for more than 350,000 Nebraskans, former Nebraskans and heirs, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said in a news release Wednesday. The 40-page report published annually as required by state law includes the names of individuals, organizations, institutions and businesses.
“Our database is constantly being updated, so I urge Nebraskans to check the annual report in their weekend newspapers and check online at www.treasurer.org," said Stenberg. "The search is well worth the time and effort. Many people are surprised at what they find and are grateful for the service."
He emphasized that the Treasurer’s Office does not charge for the service and that the names represent only a fraction of all the names in the database.
The Nebraska unclaimed property statutes were enacted into law in 1969. Since then, more than $151 million has been paid out to rightful owners. So far in 2014, more than $1.6 million has been paid and more than 3,500 claims filed. Last year, more than $11.26 million was returned to rightful owners, up 66 percent over the previous year and the largest amount returned to owners since 2009.
Stenberg said the Treasurer’s Office is committed to locating the owners of large properties that have been on the unclaimed property rolls for years. Property included in the 2014 report is valued at more than $17.5 million. The 10 largest properties, ranging from $49,000 to more than $500,000, are identified in the report by name and last-known county of residence. Those counties are Douglas, Madison, Webster, Hall, and Sarpy counties. The report contains 468 properties over $10,000.
Readers are encouraged to search for their own names as well as the names of relatives, businesses and friends. They are also encouraged to search variations of their names. Each name is listed by last-known county of residence.
Readers may use one of the following methods:
-Complete the claim form found inside the newspaper and mail to the State Treasurer’s Office, Unclaimed Property Division, 809 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-1390. The form must be notarized.
-Check the Nebraska State Treasurer’s website at www.treasurer.org. Type a name in the box on the home page or click on the Search for Unclaimed Property link in the left navigation pane. For amounts under $300, owners may be able to file their claims online through the website. Owners must include the required documentation.
-Call the Unclaimed Property Division at 1-877-572-9688 toll free outside of Lincoln or 402-471-8497 in Lincoln. Phone calls are taken weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.
-Visit the Unclaimed Property office at 809 P Street in Lincoln or in the Treasurer’s Office in Suite 2005 of the State Capitol. Hours at both locations are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An owner should bring a driver’s license and Social Security card. If filing on behalf of a business or a deceased family member, the owner should bring documentation to establish his or her legal authority to make the claim for the business or deceased family member.