For Consumers about Investigators

Investigators (sometimes referred to as “asset locators” or “heir finders”) are people or companies that offer to search for unclaimed property and file claims on behalf of owners and heirs. It is against the law for investigators to charge a fee greater than 10 percent of the value of the property returned to owners. There are no fee restrictions for investigators filing for owners or heirs of county probated estates.

Searching and claiming property through the State Controller’s Office’s website is always free at

Resources for Investigators 

Notice to Investigators

Investigator Handbook and Forms

Estates of Deceased Persons File

Investigator Frequently Asked Questions

For Consumers about Investigators