Unclaimed Funds

The Office of the County Treasurer has the following four types of unclaimed funds:

1. Deceased Estates Held in Trust:

Under Probate Code 11850, monies are held for one year then, if not claimed, are escheated to the State. This is a semi-annual process. Under Probate Code 7663, monies are held for three years then, if not claimed, are escheated to the County through the  County Unclaimed Funds process (found below in item 4).

Deposit Instructions, List of Deposits Held in Trust, 7663 & 11850 Claiming Instructions, Probate Code 7663 Claim Form

2. Tax Auction Excess Proceeds:

Excess proceeds after tax sale has occurred and County taxes have been paid. Claims may be made within a specific period, after which, the funds become the property of the County.

Link to Tax Auction Page Containing Excess Proceeds Lists

3. Landlord Sales Surplus:

Monies received primarily from public storage companies for the sale of abandoned property, or from hospitals for abandoned property. Funds are escheated to the County through the (#4) County Unclaimed Funds process.

Surplus Funds, Claim Form

4. County Unclaimed Funds:

Annually, the Treasurer-Tax Collector conducts an escheatment process for Countywide unclaimed monies per Government Code Section 50050-50057.

2014 Unclaimed Funds List, Instructions, Unclaimed Funds Claim Form

Escheated Funds Information:

Annually, the County Treasurer receives a listing of monies which have remained unclaimed for over three years from each County Department and Agency. The Treasurer, pursuant to Government Code section 50050-50057 provides that unclaimed monies which remain in the treasury or in the official custody of the officers of a local agency for a period of over three (3) years, become the property of the agency. Individual items $15.00 or more in value must be published as notification that the money will become the property of the County on a designated date if it is left unclaimed.

Other Government Agencies’ Unclaimed Funds:

State of California Unclaimed Funds: www.sco.ca.gov/upd_msg.html
Other States Unclaimed Funds: www.unclaimed.org
Federal/Other Agencies Unclaimed Funds: http://www.usa.gov/
Other Government Site: http://www.missingmoney.com/