There are generally four steps to file a claim for money that is not claimed in Maine.
Step 1: Search for properties or money that are not claimed:
Utilising the unclaimed property program, the search site (link above), users of the public can look up unclaimed funds or assets held by the Treasury of the state. The search page has five (5) input fields available, the first of which is “last or business name,” which must be filled in to conduct the search. Other input fields could be filled out to narrow the results of the investigation. The input fields are the owner of the money who has not been claimed, their initial name, city zip code, city name, and the property’s ID. If an inquirer finds an item(s) that belongs to them, they can hit the claim button at the top left of everything to choose the item. After selecting the appropriate item(s) for further action, the person can choose the Continue to File Claim button near the bottom of the results to start the claim process.
Step 2: Apply. After clicking continue to claim
it will take the claimant to a page for review where they can review the claimed item(s) they had previously chosen. For every object, the person requesting the information (claimant) will need to decide on their relationship with their item(s) owner(s). In this regard, seven (7) choices are available to select from, including self-sole, personal representative heir, business owner open, the closing of business owners, lawful representation, and trustee. Near the bottom of the page is the title claimant relation description. Each option is described in depth. After each item(s) is examined and the owner relationship is selected, the claimant can click on the button for file claim to go to the claimant’s information page.
On the page, for claimant information, The claimant will need to input their primary details. The information required includes the type of claimant (business or personal), name and date of birth, address address, telephone number, Social Security number(SSN)/tax ID address, country cities, and states, along with the ZIP code. After filling in the required details, the applicant can select the Next button on the left or right of the page. Also, an Additional page (address suggestion) will pop up to confirm the address given. This will ensure that the address given by the person claiming the benefit is an actual address for mailing, as it is where the money will be sent. After that, the claimant will be required to examine the item(s) they are claiming along with the primary information provided. If the information is correct, the claimant can examine the terms and condition checkbox and then fill in their name and initials to accept, then hit” Submit. This will create the claimant’s claim and also generate their claim number.
Step 3 – fill out the claim.
An email will be delivered to an email address supplied to the claimant. In this email, the additional information required to approve the claimant’s request will be included on an application form. It could be an image of proof of photo identification, like a driver’s licence or a social security number. To claim the money, the necessary documents will have to be sent in the direction of the Office of the State Treasure at:
Office of the State Treasurer
Attn: Unclaimed Property
39 State House Station,
Augusta, ME 04333-0039
Step 4: Track the progress of your claim.
Utilising the claim-status-search website, claimants are able to enter their claim ID on a regular basis to see the latest state of their claim. A claimant’s claims ID is listed on the claim form within their email after submitting their claim. If a claimant is unable to remember or loses the claim number, they should get in touch with the division for unclaimed property.
In Maine, claims for money not claimed can be processed in a couple of weeks. The item claimed would be given to the owner. However, the procedures required to process claims for estates and stock properties can be complex and can take longer. Additionally, by using the claim number, the claimant can track the progress of their claim via the portal that tracks claim status (link in the above link).
When the person who owns the unclaimed asset passes away, the best individuals who could be able to file a claim for the unclaimed assets are the survivorship spouse, personal representative, or their immediate heir. The Maine probate law defines an immediate heir as a person (including the spouse who is surviving) that is entitled to the property of a descendant as per the statutes of intestacy succession.
In order to claim, the person entitled must fill out or submit an affidavit as well as an agreement confirming the claim for the deceased, unclaimed asset with the claim form. Based on the specifics of the case additional documentation may be required. In that case, these documents can be required in written form. It is important to note that checks are usually issued for the death of the person who died, but not to the applicant.