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Oregon-any ideas what kind of 'unclaimed property' would show up on Oregon unclaimed 20+ years after death?

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My gma and gpa passed away in 1986 and 1993. in 2012 Oregon unclaimed listed something (over 100.00)- in both their names saying 'proceeds to beneficiaries'- that's me, i just havent a clue and why take over 20 years to show up? anyone heard this before?. a few years ago i claimed about 1300.00 from a 'met life' for my gma.

when i claimed the met life- there was no will etc.

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The state feels no obligation to seek out the owners of funds they hold. They get the interest on money they hold. They don't even bother to match owners to drivers licenses. You will need to file for probate to claim the money. Give me a call, or email: Diane

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I agree with Ms. Gruber, there really isn't much of a motivation for them to have sought you out. It's frustrating, but at least you now know about this and can get at it. I don't do probate law, but I'd be happy to make recommendations for you and, of course, you can always call Ms. Gruber as well.


I'm not sure that I agree with Ms. Gruber. You can run a search under your name for property held by the state, then follow the directions on the website to have them release the funds to you. If you do not claim it after a certain period of time, Oregon releases the money into the General Education Fund (I believe that's it, we just had a probate for a client with no heirs, no will, and the State took over. That's what they told us I think it was.) I personally had royalties from work on something from years ago that was Disney - $500+. I didn't claim it in time and the next time I looked it wasn't there. I assume they released it. Now I have one

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Erin Levine

Erin Levine


(Cut off, insert at the d) *Now I have one that is <$100 and one that is <$50. I just have to submit the proper notarized paperwork to get it. You don't need a lawyer for this, although we would all love* (now read the rest above)



lol, thanx for the clarification- i was rereading that last bit for quite a while til i jus saw the comment from u beneath it! thanks so much for the info. i wondered what type of property has a description 'proceeds to beneficiaries?' i hear life insurance/ annuities/ trust... I don't fully understand the particulars for any of those. So i'm wondering how much over 100.00 means also! thanks for your time, Erin.

Erin Levine

Erin Levine


I'd say don't worry so much about what it is. Just get it and then figure it out. :)

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