BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana residents can now search and claim property that is believed to be theirs on a free and secure website.

MissingMoney.com is the only website endorsed by state officials, including Louisiana State Treasurer John M. Schroder.

“This is an impressive tool designed for the convenience of all citizens, including Louisiana residents and former residents,” said Schroder. “Military families who now call Louisiana home, but may have been stationed elsewhere previously, are just one example of those who will benefit from Louisiana’s participation in the MissingMoney.com initiative.”

What is unclaimed property?

If a business, government office, or other source owes you money that you don’t collect, it’s considered unclaimed and is turned over to state unclaimed property programs. Types of property include uncashed checks from corporations, financial institutions, banks, insurance companies or municipalities. Inactive stock accounts and unclaimed safe deposit boxes also are examples of unclaimed property.

How do you make a claim?

To make a claim, use the search box on the website and follow the instructions that are given. When a claim has been approved, the property will become claimed. Unclaimed Property Director Kathleen Lobel says there is no charge to participate for individuals to search for their property.

How do I know if I have unclaimed property?

The U.S. government has a database that can be used to find missing paychecks, tax returns, and more. Go to the database here.

The Louisiana Treasury also has lacashclaim.org.