ESTATES OF DECEASED WITH HEIR
California Code of Civil Procedures section 1444 specifies that any unclaimed estates of deceased with known heirs will be transferred to the State Controller's Office semi-annually after the deposit has remained in the County Treasury for one (1) year.
ESTATES OF DECEASED WITHOUT HEIR
California Government Code section 50050 provides that unclaimed monies, including estates of deceased without known heirs, which remain in the County treasury for at least three (3) years may be escheated to the County's general fund after public notice. At the end of the three-year period, unclaimed items over $15 must be published in a newspaper of county-wide circulation as notice that these funds will become property of the County if they remain unclaimed after a specified date, 45-60 days after publication. Once the unclaimed items become the property of the County, a claim may no longer be submitted.
To submit Estates of Deceased proceeds:
- Make check payable to SDCTTC.
- Include a letter with your contact information, the name of the decedent, the name of the heir if known, the amount per heir (if one check is for multiple heirs), the nature of the property (e.g. court order for distribution showing heir's share and probate case #), and any documentation that may assist in identifying the rightful owner. Note that all provided documentation becomes public record, except for confidential information like social security numbers and personal addresses (which will be redacted).
- If you would like a receipt, enclose a receipt for us to sign and return.
Review the following links to locate unclaimed estates of deceased deposits:
CLAIM FILING INSTRUCTIONS
If you locate a deposit that you believe is owed to you, please complete the Estates of Deceased Claim Form provided below. The County of San Diego has a duty to release funds to the rightful claimant, and we require that proof of identification be provided with the notarized claim form. Claims may be made directly to the County of San Diego without any service charges or fees.
Click here for the Estates of Deceased Claim Form.
The claim form provides guidelines for proof of identity. Along with your completed claim form, please include documents and records that evidence your relationship to the decedent or prove that you are the legally appointed personal representative of the decedent. The documents provided should include a copy of the decedent's will, if any, and a copy of the decedent's death certificate. At least forty (40) days must have elapsed since the death of the decedent before a claim can be processed.
Mail the completed claim form and documents to the following address:
County of San Diego
Attn: Estates of Deceased Claims
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 152
San Diego, CA 92101
All claim forms are reviewed in detail. If adequate documents are not provided with the submitted claim, our office will return all documents to the claimant along with a letter explaining why the claim was denied. Please allow 4-6 weeks processing time.
Questions regarding Estates of Deceased should be directed to the Accounting Division of the Treasurer's office at (619) 531-4743 or (619) 531-4704.