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Unclaimed Funds

Unclaimed funds are funds held by the court for an owner. Unclaimed funds may arise out of a variety of circumstances, including incomplete address information or failure to cash dividend checks from bankruptcy cases.

Review the U.S Courts Unclaimed Funds Locator to see if you are due to receive any funds from this court. If you are due unclaimed funds, please follow the instructions below to submit a claim.

Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds

Any person or entity who seeks the payment of unclaimed funds must file an “Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds” as well as other applicable documents. Requirements for documents vary depending on the type of Claimant and whether the Claimant is represented. Instructions for the three most common types of Claimants are listed below.

For purposes of these instructions, the “Claimant” is the party entitled to the unclaimed funds, and the “Applicant” is the party filing the application. The Applicant and Claimant may be the same.

Filing an Application

The completed application containing the original signature of the Claimant/Applicant and all supporting documentation must be mailed to the Court at the following address:

Financial Administrator
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
for the District of Maine
537 Congress Street, 2nd Floor
Portland, ME 04101

If an application for unclaimed funds is approved, either an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) payment will be made to the bank account listed on the AO 213P form or a check will be mailed to the current address listed on the Application. The time-frame for approval and mailing of the check is usually within four to six weeks of filing the application with the Court.

Categories of Claimants

The three most common types of Claimants are: (I) individual; (II) business; or (III) funds locator. Select the type of Claimant you are and complete the documentation listed below required for that type of Claimant. If there are joint Claimants, then supporting documentation must be provided for both Claimants.

If you do not fall into one of these three types of Claimants, please contact the Financial Administrator at 207.274.5966 for instructions regarding what documentation is needed for your unclaimed funds application.

I. Individual

An individual may be entitled to the unclaimed funds if the Claimant files the following documentation:

□ Completed Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds (Form 1340) with a notarized signature of the Claimant (incorporated in application);

□ Completed AO 213P;

□ Proof of identity of the Claimant (e.g., photocopy of current driver’s license, other state-issued identification card, or U.S. passport that includes current address); and

□ A Certificate of Service showing that the applicant sent a copy of the application and all supporting documents to the:

United States Attorney
District of Maine
100 Middle Street, East Tower, 6th Floor
Portland, ME 04101

II. Business Entity

A business entity may be entitled to the unclaimed funds if the Claimant files the following documentation:

□ Completed Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds (Form 1340) with a notarized signature of an authorized representative of the business entity;

□ Completed AO 213P;

□ A notarized statement providing the signing officer or signing representative's authority to collect the funds;

□ Proof of identity of the signing representative (e.g., photocopy of current driver’s license, other state-issued identification card, or U.S. passport that includes current address);

Proposed Order for payment of unclaimed funds; and

□ A Certificate of Service showing that the applicant sent a copy of the application and all supporting documents to the:

United States Attorney
District of Maine
100 Middle Street, East Tower, 6th Floor
Portland, ME 04101

III. Funds Locator

A funds locator may be entitled to the unclaimed funds if the applicant files the following documentation:

□ Completed Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds (Form 1340) with a notarized signature of an authorized representative of the individual or entity;

□ Completed AO 213P;

□ Proof of identity of the representative (e.g., unredacted photocopy of current driver’s license, other state-issued identification card, or U.S. passport that includes current address);

□ A notarized power of attorney signed by the Claimant (or Claimant’s authorized representative) on whose behalf the representative is acting;

□ Documentation sufficient to establish the Claimant’s identity and entitlement to the funds (e.g., unredacted photocopy of current driver’s license, other state-issued identification card, or U.S. passport that includes current address);

□ An original power of attorney with a notarized signature;

Proposed Order for payment of unclaimed funds;

□ A Certificate of Service showing that the applicant sent a copy of the application and all supporting documents to the:

United States Attorney
District of Maine
100 Middle Street, East Tower, 6th Floor
Portland, ME 04101

 

Related Links: 
Application for Unclaimed Funds(Form 1340)
Sample Order for Unclaimed Funds
AO 213P Request for Payee Information and Tin Certification (updated 09/19) Form