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Category:  Unclaimed Property


Generally, unclaimed property is any financial asset that hasn't had owner​ activity​ for a period of one year or more and the holder of the asset is not able to contact the owner. This includes:

  • Savings accounts

  • Checking accounts

  • Uncashed dividends

  • Stocks and mutual funds

  • Customer deposits or overpayments

  • Certificates of deposit

  • Credit balances

  • Refunds

  • Matured life insurance policies

  • Uncashed death benefit checks

The unclaimed property law also requires that utility deposits, unclaimed wages and property resulting from a business closure, be reported as unclaimed property after one year of inactivity. The law does not include real estate.




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Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer
Physical Address:   B38 W State Capitol, Madison, Wisconsin   -    Mailing Address:   PO Box 7871 Madison, WI 53707
Phone: 608-266-1714

Effective January 1, 2017, the Office of Wisconsin State Treasurer (OST) will follow the same fee guidelines for records requests as the Wisconsin Department of Administration.