It's exciting to find “lost” money here at Unclaimed Property. But it's a lot better if it never gets lost in the first place!

Here are a few tips for keeping track of your money.

  • Always open your bank statements. You bank may be warning you that your account is about to be closed. No account is safe from abandonment laws, not even accounts for minors.
  • Check on all your open bank accounts at least once a year to keep them active.
  • Cash or deposit checks as soon as possible. Checks may not be good forever, even if there is no expiration date.
  • When you move:
    • Change your address with the United States Postal Service or your local post office. This will ensure any checks, rebates or financial correspondence will be forwarded to your new address.
    • Check off a list of your utility companies and make sure you’ve collected any deposits coming back to you.
  • If you leave a job:
    • Confirm that your employer has your current address for any additional payroll or reimbursement checks.
    • Make sure you have information on how to collect any benefits or future pension.
  • Keep a current list of all:
    • open bank accounts
    • investments
    • insurance policies
    • safe deposit boxes
    • oil and gas royalities
    • other assets
    Create an electronic backup copy, and make sure your loved ones know where to find these lists.
  • Make sure all your assets are listed in your estate.