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08-22-2010, 08:56 PM
Recently, I got some of my mothers life insurance; she died in 05 and my father was beneficiary and he died in 08. I filled out a claimant form, mailed it in, and got what was left after arrears.
I searched and found some unclaimed money in my fathers name. How do I go about proving I can claim it, as I am the only heir. I don't think there was a will.
08-22-2010, 09:37 PM
Ask. Each state has slightly different rules, but typically it's the State Treasurer, State Auditor, or State Comptroller who holds unclaimed funds. They will be happy to let you know what you need to provide as proof -- one item will probably be your birth certificate listing both your parents; another your parents' death certificates.
08-23-2010, 08:26 AM
How you collect depends on the source. Insurance companies usually pay off with a disclaimer and copy of the death certificate. Other small creditors may also be willing to pay you based on the same documents. A sizable lump might demand a court order, that is a probate order. Some states offer a quick form for such single amounts. My state has this for under $7,500. Small companies often just wish to clear the books. If you sign the disclaimer freeing them from legal proceedings, they often pay.
08-23-2010, 11:30 AM
They are small amounts, one is 50, one 25, the other 250. One is from a bank.
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