Did a private firm say they found money for you?
Is this legitimate and legal?
Yes, Florida law
allows Florida licensed private investigators, CPAs and
attorneys to register as "claimant's
representatives." Through Florida public records laws, these entities gain access to our records and frequently contact owners or their heirs with solicitations to assist in the recovery for a fee.
Click here to
see a list of the private entities currently registered.
Is it necessary to pay an outside, private company to claim my funds?
No. The unclaimed property program is a free service provided by the State of Florida.
You can claim the funds yourself directly with our office for free, or you can choose to pay a registered business entity to file a claim for you.
Click here to search our database and print a claim form for any
account(s) you believe you are entitled to claim.
Is there a limit on what these companies can charge?
Yes. Fees and costs are limited to a
total maximum of up to 30%. Fees among "claimant's representatives" can and do vary widely, so you are encouraged to weigh
all available options prior to making any decision regarding recovery of your funds.
I received solicitations from several companies and signed an Unclaimed Property Recovery Agreement. I then learned that I could file a claim
just as easily on my own for free, directly with the state. Can I change it now?
Yes, you can still file a claim on your own, but it is important to note that the law states if more than one claim is received, we shall honor the one that
is received first and that is "complete" by correctly establishing ownership and proof of entitlement to the funds.
I was told if I didn't act quickly, I could lose the right to claim my money. Is that true?
It is not true. There is no statute of limitations on unclaimed property in Florida. Account owners or their heirs can claim their funds indefinitely.
This type of misrepresentation activity should be reported to us.
I received notice from a company that
for a fee they will tell me if I have unclaimed money. Should
I send them $ or provide credit card information?
No. You should not pay anyone any amount of money to do that. This type of activity should be reported.
After getting your money, they will usually just refer you to this same website and/or the websites of other states' unclaimed property programs, which you can already
search as much as you want for free.
Click here to search Florida's unclaimed property
database. Click here for links to other states' unclaimed