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Unclaimed Funds

Unclaimed funds are held by a federal court for a person or a business that is entitled to certain money but has previously failed to claim ownership of it. Unclaimed funds may arise out of a variety of circumstances in bankruptcy cases, such as an outdated address for the recipient, the recipient's failure to timely cash a check, or the death of the recipient. Unclaimed funds may be claimed at any time by an owner, a successor in interest, or another claimant that proves a right to the funds.

To find out if you are entitled to any unclaimed funds, you may search the U.S. Courts Unclaimed Funds Locator. Click here to use the locator. Select "SDB - South Dakota" from the drop-down list and enter the applicable search criteria.

To claim funds held by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Dakota, you will need to file an application and several supporting and identifying documents in compliance with local bankruptcy rule 3011-1. Click here to read the local rule. The Bankruptcy Clerk has also prepared a guide to help you comply with the local rule. Click here to read the guide.