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Looking Back: Delaware's Comprehensive Unclaimed Property Program Reform

The recent reforms have not impacted the power and authority of the Office of the State Bank Commissioner to examine Delaware financial institutions for compliance with the escheat laws, but the shortened look-back period...more

Debate Over Unclaimed Property Continues Before the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee

Proposed revisions to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act were under debate this past week in Washington, DC as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC or Commission) Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (Drafting...more

Straight Outta Delaware: JLI Invest S.A. et al. v. Cook et al.

As soon as we start to think that Delaware’s unclaimed property practices and administration couldn’t possibly get any more egregious, another lawsuit like JLI Invest S.A. et al. v. Cook et al., Case No. 11274 surfaces. The...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - June 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Approves Final Rule Amending Regulation D - US Federal Banking Agencies Finalize Revisions to the Capital Rules Applicable to Advanced...more

OCC to Escheat Funds from Foreclosure Review; Agency Terminates Three Consent Orders and Issues Six Amended Orders

On June 17, the OCC announced that, at year-end 2015, it will escheat any remaining uncashed payments made pursuant to the Independent Foreclosure Review Payment Agreement. Despite the IFR Payment Agreement having already...more

Florida Court Rejects "Date of Death" Trigger for Escheating Life Insurance Death Benefits Under Florida's Unclaimed Property Act

On August 5, Florida's First District Court of Appeal reversed a ruling issued by Florida's Department of Financial Services ("DFS") that would have triggered an insurer's duty to escheat life insurance benefits under...more

Unclaimed Property: Court Holds Life Insurer’s Escheatment Duties Not Triggered By Insured’s Death

In an opinion filed August 5, 2014, the Florida First District Court of Appeal held that under Florida’s unclaimed property law, life insurance proceeds are not “due and payable,” and the dormancy period does not begin to...more

PA Budget - Minor Tax & Escheat Impacts

On June 30th, the Pennsylvania House and Senate adopted a budget for FY 2014-15 which requires no major tax increases. The Governor signed the budget and accompanying Fiscal Code bill on July 10th, after making several line...more

Escheaters Never Prosper, Lord Grantham: Handling Unclaimed Employee Funds

While renewing my license plates online with Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (yes, bureau, not department), I saw an advertisement for the Indiana Attorney General’s Unclaimed Property Division, On a...more

Legal Alert: Florida Announces DMF Search Requirement and Date-of-Death Dormancy Trigger

In an administrative declaratory ruling, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that Florida’s unclaimed property statute requires life insurers to search the Social Security Administration Death Master...more

Legal Alert: California Controller’s Handbook Requires Insurers to Perform Quarterly DMF Searches

In a recently released update to its Unclaimed Property Holder Handbook (Handbook), the California State Controller’s Office has apparently taken the position that life insurers must search the Social Security Death Master...more

Unclaimed Property Reporting - Are You In Compliance?

Most states require the holder of “abandoned” or “unclaimed” property to report (and remit) such property after the expiration of a certain number of years (the “holding period”). These “escheat” laws generally apply to any...more

Ready or Not: Lost Securityholders, Uncashed Checks and Dormant Accounts

In the dog days of August, it would be tempting to put aside challenges created by new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules. But we all know that would be a mistake. Instead, attention needs to be paid now to new...more

Is the State Holding Your Association’s Money?

Like many other states, Connecticut has appointed itself as the official “lost and found” for all money abandoned within the state’s borders. We’re not talking about coins dropped on a sidewalk. Abandoned money can include...more

Spotlight on Unclaimed Property: ACTION Required – Delaware Voluntary Disclosure Initiative Ends June 30

Delaware has earned the reputation as one of the most aggressive enforcers against businesses of unclaimed property/escheat obligations. For example, the Delaware Division of Revenue, or its proxies, routinely examine records...more

Race to the Finish: June 30 Deadline for Delaware’s New Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program

June 30 is the deadline to enter into the new Unclaimed Property Voluntary Disclosure Program — run by Delaware’s Secretary of State (“SOS”)— which temporarily supplants the State Escheator’s voluntary disclosure process. Any...more

Delaware & New Jersey Abandoned & Unclaimed Property Developments

Delaware VDA’s - Legislation adopted in July 2012 authorizes Delaware’s Secretary of State (as opposed to the State Escheator) to enter into voluntary disclosure agreements with holders of unclaimed property who are...more

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