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July 16, 2011

Unclaimed Funds Database Available on the Court's Website


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Hon. Scott C. Clarkson
United States Bankruptcy Judge
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse

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Date: 07/13/2011 11:18 AM
Subject: Unclaimed Funds Database Available on The Court's Web Site

Today, we are unveiling a web page with a search feature for the Court's Unclaimed Funds. This project has been a long term goal of the court and due to the hard work of the Finance and I.T. staff, I am pleased to announce its debut. As many of you may know, Unclaimed Funds are monies deposited with the court that have gone unclaimed by creditors or debtors in bankruptcy cases; mostly in Chapter 7 asset cases, but also some in Ch. 13 and Ch. 11 cases. The Treasury held account has a balance of over $19 million: Just over $3 million is from cases closed within the last 5 years.

The intent of having this database available is to allow individuals or companies that may have money due to them, the ability to complete the research themselves. The site has instructions to make it easier for them to submit a Motion for the Order Releasing Unclaimed Funds (Form F3011-1) on their own, instead of hiring a locating company. The form and instructions are in pdf format and can easily be downloaded from the site.

Just about half of the nation's bankruptcy courts have some information regarding unclaimed funds on their web sites. About 85% of those, have a searchable database. As the largest BK court in the country, providing information on Unclaimed Funds and having access to a searchable database is a great public service and long overdue. Now, when you get inquiries about any unclaimed funds, you can refer them to the page, which can be located by selecting Information-->Unclaimed Funds Search under the Case column or click here. With this new web page, we can assist the public much more efficiently and help creditors or debtors find their unclaimed funds.

A special thank you to Windsor Akim, Olga LaChapelle, and Harrison Quan for their dedication to the project. You may contact me for any questions or comments at 213-894-0999.

James Sandino
Financial Services Department
United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California

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My step dad had a malpractice suit back in 92 how would I find information about that?

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