Unclaimed Property Publication Released

Is your name on the list?

The Delaware Department of Finance will publish the names and addresses of over 100,000 owners of unclaimed property in today’s Delaware State News, the News Journal and on www.finance.delaware.gov.

Pursuant to Section 1143, Chapter 11, Title 12 of the Delaware Code, this property has been reported to the Delaware State Escheator by corporations and other entities unable to locate the property’s rightful owners.  Unclaimed property is not real estate but monetary items like stocks, wages, refunds, uncashed/undelivered/unclaimed dividends, interest, and more.

Today’s list will name property owners around the world. The list will remain online for one year to encourage increased claims.

To claim property on today’s list, a claimant must be the property’s rightful owner. The claimant’s name must appear on the list, or they must be an executor or heir of an estate whose owner’s name appears on today’s list. Claimants must then complete a Request Form available with the published list or on www.finance.delaware.gov.

Before a claim can be initiated, all claimants must include with their Request Form a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or other applicable identification. Claimants must also provide documentation demonstrating a legal right to claim any property listed in another name.  (Examples: For estates, certified Letter of Testamentary or Small Estate Affidavit. For another living person, a notarized Power of Attorney.) A Claim Form or request for additional information will then be mailed to the claimant for completion.

Due to the size of today’s publication and the expected response, Request Forms will be answered within approximately (12) weeks from the receipt of inquiry. Further information concerning a claim can be obtained by calling (302) 577-8782 or by sending an e-mail to escheat.claimquestions@delaware.gov.

Request Forms should be sent to:

Delaware Division of Revenue
Bureau of Unclaimed Property
P.O. Box 8931
Wilmington, DE 19899