If my great-grandparents set up a savings account for me in my name when I was little, how do I find out about it now?

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If my great-grandparents set up a savings account for me in my name when I was little, how do I find out about it now?

They gave me saving bonds every year for my birthday. The only person who had access to it after they passed away was my grandmother. Now that I am old enough to have access to the savings account, my grandma will not tell me where it is located and I am starting to wonder if she cleaned out my account. My savings bonds were In my name so she couldn’t have cashed them, but refuses to give them to me or even acknowledge they exist. Can I take legal action to get my money? I don’t have proof other than my parents. They are willing to be a witness.

Asked on December 4, 2014 under Estate Planning, Minnesota

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Start with your state's treasurer's office and look to see if it has an abandoned property division. If the state in which they lived is where they set up the bonds, then it may have escheated to the state. Check with that agency first. Then, if that fails, try to do some research as to what possible savings bonds they could have been (ask your parents) and then try to follow the chain by research. Most of this will be free to do but may be a bit time consuming.  If all else fails, you need to discuss whether action against your grandmother may be appropriate.  Perhaps your parents can intervene and attempt to locate for you.


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