State Treasurer of Iowa

Let’s Talk Assets

What are you thankful for this season? At this time of year, we get to gather together with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is an incredibly important holiday. A day marked by a big meal and enormous amounts of economic activity. While the family is gathered around, it’s a great time to review your assets and catalog your information for your family members. Keeping your information up-to-date is key to preventing your assets from becoming unclaimed property.

To date, the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt holds over $384 million in unclaimed property. Many of those lost owners are deceased individuals whose heirs often do not have access to or knowledge of important financial information prior to it becoming unclaimed property.

Fortunately, we have tools to help guide you away from unsettling situations like these. You can use our Vital Statistics document to identify your personal and financial information. By downloading and completing this document, you are providing direction and guidance to your loved ones. The document allows you to provide up-to-date information that may help prevent your property from being turned over as unclaimed property. In the event of your death, it is important that your loved ones know where to find this document.

Common examples of unclaimed property include money in forgotten savings and checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefits and payroll checks, lost stock and dividends, abandoned safe deposit box contents, utility refunds or deposits.

Visit the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt at to begin your search and make your claim today. Keep up with all of our programs on social media by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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