An unclaimed fund is money left to heirs of an estate who cannot be located, OR when the Fiduciary/Attorney has attempted to pay funds but the person/creditor has not endorsed or otherwise refused to accept the delivery of such payment.
When an heir has been made aware of the funds due to them, they must apply for payment with the Probate Court.
The following link is the complete list, updated nightly, of all Unclaimed Funds currently held by the Franklin County Treasurer: http://www.franklincountyauditor.com/fiscal/unclaimed-funds
There are three stages of the Unclaimed Fund process with the Probate Court:
Application to Deposit
Entry to Deposit
Application for Payment
All Forms must be filled out completely or may be rejected by the Court.
A Magistrate must initial the Entry after having completed entire form.
Example: If claimant is the maternal grandchild of the decedent, they must provide a certified copy of their birth certificate showing who their mother is, and a certified copy of their mother's birth certificate showing mother is daughter of decedent.
If claimant is the paternal grandchild of the decedent, they must provide a certified copy of their birth certificate showing who their father is, and a certified copy of their father's birth certificate showing father is the son of the decedent.
To prove identity and/or relationship to decedent, the applicant/claimant needs the following documentation:
Our staff will assist you in the payment process as the Probate Court wants all deserving missing heirs to receive their bequests.
Legal practice in the Probate Court is restricted by law to attorneys who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Due to the complexity of the law and desire to avoid costly errors, most individuals who have filings before the Court are represented by an attorney. Court employees are prohibited by statute from practicing law and cannot give legal advice.