State: SWFL holds $124 million in unclaimed property


The state announced Monday that Southwest Florida has more than $124 million in unclaimed property.

Florida as a whole has $2 billion unclaimed, and more than $1 billion has been returned since 2017, state CFO Jimmy Patronis said.

To see if you have any unclaimed property, go to, which will allow you to submit your claim online.

Total unclaimed property by SWFL county:

  • Charlotte: $17,304,597
  • Collier: $36,075,492
  • DeSoto: $2,152,319
  • Glades: $564,745
  • Hendry: $3,335,144
  • Lee: $65,171,813

“Unclaimed property” is a financial asset that is unknown or lost, or has been left inactive, unclaimed or abandoned by its owner. The most common types of unclaimed property are dormant bank accounts, unclaimed insurance proceeds, stocks, dividends, uncashed checks, deposits, credit balances and refunds. Unclaimed property also includes contents from abandoned safe deposit boxes in financial institutions. Unclaimed property assets are held by business or government entities (holders) for a set period of time, usually five years. If the holder is unable to locate, reestablish contact with the owner and return the asset, it is reported and remitted to the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Unclaimed Property.

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