ESTATES OF DECEDENTS
UNCLAIMED PROPERTY LAW
14-510. Stock and other intangible interests in business associations. (1) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, any stock, shareholding or other intangible ownership interest in a business association, the existence of which is evidenced by records available to the association, is considered abandoned if:
(a) The interest in the association is owned by a person who within five (5) years has failed to:
(i) Claim a dividend, distribution or other sum payable as a result of the interest; or
(ii) Communicate with the association regarding the interest or a dividend, distribution or other sum payable as the result of the interest, as evidenced by memorandum or other record on file with the association prepared by an employee of the association; and
(b) The association does not know the location of the owner at the end of the five (5) year period. The return of official shareholder notifications or communications by the postal service as undeliverable is evidence that the association does not know the location of the owner.
(2) This chapter applies to:
(a) The underlying stock, shareholdings or other intangible ownership interests of an owner;
(b) Any stock, shareholdings or other intangible ownership interest of an owner when the business association is in possession of the certificate or other evidence of ownership; and
(c) The stock, shareholdings or other intangible ownership interests of dividend and nondividend paying business association, whether or not the interest is represented by a certificate.
(3) At the time an interest is considered abandoned under this section, any dividend, distribution or other sum then held for or owing to the owner as a result of the interest, and not previously presumed abandoned, is considered abandoned.
(4) (a) This chapter does not apply to any stock or other intangible ownership interest enrolled in a plan that provides for the automatic reinvestment of dividends, distributions or other sums payable as a result of the interest unless:
(i) The records available to the administrator of the plan show that the owner has not within five (5) years communicated in any manner described in subsection (1) of this section[.]; or
(ii) Five (5) years have elapsed since the location of the owner became unknown to the association, as evidenced by the return of official shareholder notifications or communications by the postal service as undeliverable, and the owner has not within those five (5) years communicated in any manner described in this chapter.
(b) The five (5) year period from the return of official notifications or communications begins at the earlier of the return of the second of those notifications or communications or the time the holder discontinues mailings to the shareholder.
[14-510, added 1983, ch. 209, sec. 2, p. 570; am. 1992, ch. 21, sec. 2, p. 68; am. 2011, ch. 137, sec. 1, p. 395.]