How to Make Sure Your Assets Don’t Go Unclaimed

Over the course of a lifetime, many people accumulate assets that their loved ones might not know about, including banks accounts, retirement funds, insurance claims and Treasury bonds.

No government agency tracks the value of all unclaimed assets throughout the country, but independent estimates say the number might run as high as $80 billion.

Here are several tips, drawn from advice provided by state agencies, to prevent your assets from becoming unclaimed property.