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Betty T. Yee
California State Controller

Life Insurance Settlement Search

In 2008 the California State Controller's Office began an audit of national insurance company practices, revealing an industry-wide practice of companies failing to pay death benefits to beneficiaries. Often, companies would draw down the cash value of the life insurance policy to continue paying premiums, even when they knew or should have known the policy holder had died and the beneficiaries should be paid. The policies then would be canceled -- without notifying the policyholder or their family members.

To protect life insurance policyholders and their beneficiaries, the Controller has led the national effort to end this practice. She is pushing companies to return the full value of old policies to beneficiaries in California. To date the Controller has reached settlements with a growing list of major life insurers.

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This search page will allow you to find out if you are the beneficiary of one of those policies by taking the following steps:


  • Please select from one of the buttons above
  • Enter your Last Name, Business Name, or Property ID in the search field
  • Once you click the "search" button, Our database will search for property associated with the information provided. If a match or multiple matches exist, the system will display any matches. If your search results in greater than 500 matches, only the first 500 matches will be displayed.

You can narrow your search by adding your first name, middle initial, or city of residence (these fields are optional). Accounts with more than one name can be searched by either name.

NOTE: This search page is for life insurance settlement property only. If you would like to search for all possible unclaimed property that you may be entitled to, go to the Unclaimed Property Search page.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties using this site, there may be a problem with your internet browser. For more information go to the How to Set Your Internet Browser To Search for Unclaimed Property page.

How to Search for Unclaimed Property

If you need further information please contact our Call Center between 8am and 5pm Pacific Standard Time. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays, at (800) 992-4647 (Nationwide) or (916) 323-2827 (Outside of US), or you may contact them by email.