Unclaimed Funds

What are Unclaimed Funds?

Unclaimed funds are monies held by a federal court for someone who is entitled to the money but who has failed to claim ownership of the funds. Unclaimed funds may arise out of a variety of circumstances in bankruptcy cases, including incorrect address information for the recipient, uncashed distribution checks, or death of the intended recipient. Unclaimed funds may be claimed at any time by an owner, successor or other claimant who proves a right to the funds.The federal courts, as custodians of unclaimed funds, have established procedures for the holding, payment, and accounting of these funds.

Submitting an Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds

To seek payment of unclaimed funds, the party entitled to the funds, or the party’s agent, must file an Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds, using the form linked below. Instructions for completing and filing the Application are also linked below, as are other related forms. The instructions include specific information about the required supporting documents that must be filed with the Application.

Unclaimed Funds Reports

At the beginning of each month, a report of unclaimed funds received and paid out during the previous month will be posted here on the Court's website, as well as a complete list of the funds currently held.

If you have any questions please email or call Brian Futch at (206) 370-5221, or Nathalie Santos at (206) 370-5220.

Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds Form

Instructions for Completing Application for Unclaimed Funds

Request For Payee Information And Tin Certification (AO 213)