NH Law About... Abandoned Property

Introduction to... Abandoned Property

Posted December 27, 2012. Revised August 1, 2014; April 1, 2016.

This research guide discusses "intangible" property such as savings accounts, uncashed checks, and gift certificates.

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Read about... Abandoned Property

WEBSITES

New Hampshire State Treasurer's Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Web Page

Link verified on: April 1, 2016

Abandoned/Unclaimed property consists of money and other personal assets that are considered lost or abandoned when an owner cannot be located after a specified period of time. Examples include: savings accounts, uncashed checks, and gift certificates. This web site offers you the opportunity to understand just what abandoned and unclaimed property is and to discover whether the state is currently holding any such property for you.   GO>

Wikipedia. Escheat

Link verified on: April 1, 2016

In some jurisdictions, escheat can also occur when an entity, typically a bank, credit union or other financial institution, holds money or property which appears to be unclaimed, for instance due to a lack of activity on the account by way of deposits, withdrawals or any other transactions for a lengthy time in a cash account. In many jurisdictions, if the owner cannot be located, such property can be revocably escheated to the state.   GO>


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Unclaimed property law and reporting forms / by David J. Epstein. New York, N.Y. : M. Bender, c1984-   GO>

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Read the law about... Abandoned Property

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATUTES

RSA 284:21-q. Horse and Dog Racing. Lottery. Unclaimed Prize Money.   GO>

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RSA 284:31. Horse and Dog Racing. Unclaimed Ticket Money  GO>

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RSA 287-F:11. Tri-State Lotto Compact. Unclaimed Prize Money  GO>

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RSA 301-A:28-a. Consumers' Cooperative Associations. Abandonment of Interest  GO>

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RSA 358-A:2, XIII. Regulation of Business Practices for Consumer Protection. Acts Unlawful. [Expired Gift Certificates]  GO>

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RSA 471-C. Custody and Escheat of Unclaimed and Abandoned Property  GO>

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RSA 540-A:6. Prohibited Practices & Deposits. Security Deposits  GO>

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RSA 543. The Relief of Depositaries  GO>

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RSA 561:10. Descent, Distribution, and Advancements. Unclaimed Share  GO>

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Find it in a Library ... New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated

Link verified on: February 22, 2017

Find the New Hampshire statutes in print at libraries throughout the state.   GO>

Learn About New Hampshire Statutes: New Hampshire statutes are the laws of the State of New Hampshire as enacted by the New Hampshire General Court. GO>
 

NEW HAMPSHIRE REGULATIONS

Tre 300. Treasury. Abandoned Property Rules

Link verified on: April 1, 2016

The New Hampshire Unclaimed and Abandoned Property Law, RSA 471-C, requires all business, financial institutions, utilities, and other holders to review their records each year to determine whether they are in possession of any funds, securities or other property that might have been unclaimed for specified periods and to make an annual report of their findings. These rules constitute a statement of general applicability for identifying abandoned property, those responsible for reporting it and the manner in which compliance examinations are conducted.   GO>


FORMS

Report of Abandoned Property. (Form T-1)

Link verified on: April 1, 2016

The New Hampshire Unclaimed and Abandoned Property Law (RSA 471-C) and Administrative Rules Tre300 require all "persons/holders" to review their records annually to determine whether they are in possession of properties which have become dormant and are presumed to be abandoned. Holders are further required to report and remit such properties to the state on a T-1 Form .   GO>


FOR MORE HELP ...

National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA)

Link verified on: April 1, 2016

NAUPA's website includes a free multi-state search engine or search state-by-state on individual unclaimed property programs by clicking the appropriate jurisdiction on the map or drop box below. You should search in every state where you have lived.   GO>

New Hampshire Law Library

Link verified on: February 22, 2017

The state's only public law library. Call, email, or visit, we'll be happy to help.   GO>


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