WAXAHACHIE — For those in search of a little extra holiday cash, the Ellis County Treasurers Office might have the solution — unclaimed property.
The office is hosting an unclaimed property event with the Texas Comptroller's Office on Nov. 8 that will allow residents to search for anything from unclaimed bank accounts or contents from safety deposit boxes that people have forgotten about and are legally entitled to have.
“On Nov. 8, the state comptrollers office will be here to set up to help people who have money in the unclaimed property fund. That is money that has been turned over to the state from companies who cannot find the owners of the money,” County Treasurer Cheryl Chambers said. “One person that I have helped located an insurance settlement that they didn’t know about for over $13,000. That was within the last two weeks.”
Chambers explained the comptroller’s office contacted her office to host this event and she thought that this would be a great service to provide residents.
According to the Texas Unclaimed Property website, the state has returned more than $2 billion in unclaimed property to its rightful owners.
The event is free and open for the public to attend. Residents attending the event need to bring a driver’s license and a social security card. If residents think that they are legally entitled to an account owned by a deceased family member they need to bring a copy of the will and death certificate.
“If they don’t have the proper documentation they can help them fill out the claim form and then they can gather what documents they need and send them in,” Chambers stated. “This is money that actually belongs to people. Even if is $10 you should claim it and get your money.”
The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the multipurpose courtroom on the first floor of the Ellis County Courts and Administration Building. The building is located at 109 S. Jackson St. in downtown Waxahachie.
For more information about the Unclaimed Property Event the County Treasurer's Office can be reached at 972-825-5127. Additional information can be found through the Texas Unclaimed Property website at www.claimittexas.org.