Unclaimed Property tabloid to be published in several Nebraska newspapers
The annual Unclaimed Property tabloid will be published in 16 Nebraska newspapers in March and April, beginning this weekend in the Omaha World-Herald and the Scottsbluff Star-Herald, State Treasurer Don Stenberg said. Stenberg said the 40-page tabloid contains 35,458 properties, valued at more than $20.3 million, turned over to the State Treasurer’s Office in 2016.
Altogether, the Treasurer’s Office is holding more than $170 million in unclaimed funds for more than 350,000 owners. Common forms of unclaimed property are uncashed paychecks, refunds, rental deposits, utility deposits, stocks, dividends, insurance payments, savings bonds, matured CDs, and lost IRAs.
Here are some unclaimed property facts:
• The largest claim paid in 2016 was for two trusts for an Omaha couple valued together at $1.2 million.
• The largest property currently in the database is $602,086 for another Omaha trust.
• Sixty-eight claims over $25,000 were paid in 2016.
• Claims were paid in 2016 to owners in Nebraska and most other states as well as owners in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
• In addition to individuals and trusts, claims were paid in 2016 to businesses, hospitals, schools, churches, organizations, and government entities.
Ways to search for unclaimed property and file claims include the following:
Check the Nebraska State Treasurer’s website at treasurer.nebraska.gov. Type a name in the search box on the home page. Use variations of the name, such as last name first or only the last name.
For an amount less than $500, an owner may file a claim online through the website. The owner must include required information.
For an amount greater than $500, an owner may complete the claim form on the website or in the tabloid and mail to the State Treasurer’s Office, Unclaimed Property Division, 809 P St., Lincoln, NE 68508-1390. The form must be notarized.
Call the Unclaimed Property Division at 877-572-9688 toll free outside of Lincoln or 402-471-8497 in Lincoln. Calls are taken between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., CT, weekdays.
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 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 deceased family member for an amount greater than $500, the heir will be asked for documentation to establish legal authority to file the claim, such a will, death certificate, obituary notice, and personal representative documents.
Publication Schedule for Unclaimed Property Tabloid
• March 5:
• March 18:
Beatrice Daily Sun
Norfolk Daily News
• March 19:
Lincoln Journal Star
• March 31:
• April 1
• April 2
North Platte Telegraph
Grand Island Independent