There are a few rules you must value, listed below:
1. It is unlawful for any person to seek or receive from another person or contract with another person for a fee or compensation for locating property which he knows has been reported or paid or delivered to the State Treasurer prior to thirty-six months after the date of delivery of the property by the holder to the State Treasurer.
2. No agreement entered into after thirty-six months from the required date of delivery of the property by the holder to the State Treasurer is valid if a person thereby undertakes to locate property included in a report for a fee or other compensation exceeding ten percent of the value of the recoverable property.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent an owner from asserting at any time that an agreement to locate property is based upon an excessive or unjust consideration.
3. State warrants that may be issued in payment and redemption of previously abandoned property or the liquidation proceeds of previously abandoned property may be issued in the discretion of the State Treasurer directly to the person or persons entitled to the money as the owner, heir, legatee, or as fiduciary of the estate of the deceased owner, heir or legatee, and not to a named attorney-in-fact, agent, assignee, or any other person regardless of a written instruction to the contrary.
The State Treasurer need not recognize nor is the State Treasurer bound by any terms of a purported power of attorney or assignment that may be presented as having been executed by a person as the purported owner, heir, legatee or fiduciary of the estate of a deceased owner of such abandoned property.
4. A person who violates any of the above rules shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000.
So, that is basically it. You cannot locate money that has not been held by the state for at least thirty-six months and you cannot charge more than ten percent fee.
Also, the state will send a check to the owner of the Virginia unclaimed money and not to the finder.
Please click on the link to see the complete Virginia Unclaimed Money Code.
One in seven people in Virgina have unclaimed money coming to them.
That’s a lot of money and a lot of people to give it back to.
Please click here if you would like to learn more about becoming a Virginia unclaimed money finder.