Monday was National Unclaimed Property Day, and the state of Michigan wants you to, in their own words, "take time out of (your) busy schedules to check if they have lost or abandoned property". I normally just roll my eyes on these things, but...hold on, I went to the state's site for this kind of stuff, and there's something there waiting for me.
So maybe you do to. It could be it's cash or property, and you just don't know it. That's where the Department of Treasury says visit the Michigan Unclaimed Property website. The site provides "enhanced" search options and the ability to upload verifying documentation easily and securely. I haven't gotten that far, as I'm at work, but who knows. It's from a reputable business (a cable company. Stop snickering.)
“Today, everyone should check to see if they have lost or abandoned property,” State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. “Our Unclaimed Property Program is standing by and ready to reunite these assets with their rightful owners or heirs.” In my case, I bet the cable company owes me some money (the state says it's less than $100, but that'll buy a round of beers, so I'll likely follow up on this.
According to a release, the state's "Treasury Department is the custodian of millions of dollars in lost or forgotten assets from dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, valuables left in safe deposit boxes and stock certificates. Because these properties were considered abandoned and unclaimed by the bank or company entrusted with them, they are turned over to the state as required by law."
Might be worth a try. The state says "statistically, 1 in every 10 people have unclaimed property where a company cannot locate the owner and the money or properties are submitted to the state."