Unclaimed funds are funds held by the Court for an owner or recipient who is entitled to money, but who has not claimed ownership. Most unclaimed funds arise when dividends (assets) are distributed by the case trustee to creditors pursuant to settlement of a bankruptcy case, but the property goes unclaimed. All unclaimed funds paid into the Court pursuant to 11 U.S.C. Section 347(a) shall be deposited in the United States Treasury.
Creditors desiring to recover funds previously submitted to the U. S. Treasury as unclaimed may do so by filing: (1) an Application for Payment from Unclaimed Funds, (2) Affidavit of Creditor Information (notarized), (3) Power of Attorney (notarized), and (4) Proposed Order for Payment of Unclaimed Funds. For access to the forms, click here. The Court will not accept any documents which appear to have been altered in any material way. Documentation should include original signatures and should not be on facsimile paper. Additional documentation may be required under certain circumstances (eg., original creditor has merged with another entity, etc.).
Questions regarding unclaimed funds retrieval procedures should be directed to Diana Durkee August, Chief Deputy Clerk, at (314) 244-4602 or Laura Seger, Financial Specialist, at (314) 244-4902.
To search for Unclaimed Funds for the Eastern District of Missouri, click here to obtain access to the U.S. Bankruptcy Unclaimed Funds Locator national database.