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Claims for Deceased Owners and Estates

Steps on Claiming for Deceased Owners

Who Can Submit a claim for a Deceased Owner?

If there is a court-appointed estate representative, that person can submit a claim. If there is not a representative or the estate is closed, claims can be filed by:

  • The surviving spouse, or
  • Non-blood relative appointed by the court. (i.e. lawyer, banking institution etc.)

If you are not the surviving spouse, you will need to visit the Register of Wills in the county or city where the decedent resided to obtain Letter of Administration or other letters of authority as they apply. 

How to Claim for a Deceased Owner?

  1. Enter the name of the person you are claiming for in the online search Locating Unclaimed Property Owners
  2. Once you locate the name of the deceased, click on the claim form COT ST-912.
  3. Complete the information in Part A and print it out. Once printed, please sign in Part D.
  4. Attach a copy of the owner's death certificate and proof of address or ownership connecting the owner to the address or funds.
  5. Provide the following documents as they apply:
    • Letters of Administration from the Register of Wills.
    • Small Estate Papers.
    • Letters of Testamentary.
    • Copy of photo ID of person claiming the funds.
  6. Mail to the address at the top of the claim form. 

We will let you know if we need more information. Please do not pay for documentation or services until you contact us and we notify you that you are entitled to the claim. Claims involving complicated estates may take longer.    



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  Claims for Deceased Owners and Estates
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