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Are you a Collection Agency?

No. We are not a collection agency. In fact, you could say we are the opposite of a collection agency. A call from us means that we have found money that you are entitled to claim. In other words, someone owes you money. Wingfield Capital Group specializes in locating unclaimed assets, contacting the individuals with the right to claim those assets, and assisting them in completing the claims process. A call or letter from us is great news!

What does “unclaimed assets” mean?

The phrase refers to anything owed to you or your family that you are unaware of exists. By the time we contact you, the assets have been reduced to a monetary figure and are being held by a variety of agencies or government entities. Every year, Wingfield Capital Group locates millions of dollars being held under individuals’ names. In most cases, the laws regarding these funds don’t require the party(s) holding the assets to make more than a cursory attempt at locating the beneficiary, meaning that without our research, that money would go unclaimed.

How did you find me?

When we locate unclaimed assets for people, we go to great lengths to make sure they receive them. We have highly sophisticated software developed that subscribes to several national and international databases as well. Our legal team of investigators search public records such as voter registrations, telephone directories, driver’s records, birth and death certificates, change of address filings, marriage and divorce filings, military registries, and genealogical and historical records.

Wingfield Capital Group follows a strict Privacy Policy and guarantees we will only use your information for the purposes of resolving your claim.

Can I claim these assets on my own?

If Wingfield Capital Group notified you of unclaimed assets, it may be possible to claim them on your own. However, if locating unclaimed assets and filing and following claims were easy, we would not be in business. The process of locating and claiming assets is challenging and time consuming and has taken years for us to perfect. We’ve found that even people who have located assets on their own give up in frustration because the claims process is often convoluted and confusing. Because we know the process and have developed solid relationships with various entities, we can expedite your claim and help you recover your assets faster, while avoiding unnecessary expenses and possible mistakes.

How does Wingfield Capital Group make money in this process?

We work on a contingency-fee basis with all terms spelled out in a written agreement signed by Wingfield Capital Group and you. We advance all expenses incurred in the claims process, so you pay no upfront costs. Once the unclaimed assets are recovered, we deduct any expenses incurred from the total and you pay us the percentage of the remaining amount, as agreed upon in our written agreement. Deducting expenses from the total amount recovered gives you added assurance that we will keep those costs to a minimum. Finally, in the uncommon instance that we are unable to recover your unclaimed assets, we absorb all expenses, and you will owe nothing.

How did my assets get lost?

These assets are the result of Property Tax Foreclosures. However, there is little incentive for the asset holder(s) to make more than a cursory attempt at locating beneficiaries and bringing awareness to them, which is why most of these assets go unclaimed. Over time, mistakes get made on names and addresses and people move, get married, use nicknames, or change their names for other reasons so that it becomes hard for entities to locate beneficiaries. In some cases, state legislatures allow entities to invest the assets and eventually absorb those that remain unclaimed.

Who has my lost assets?

Any number of different entities could be holding your assets. Wingfield Capital Group locates unclaimed assets being held by government entities other than state abandoned property offices, so they cannot be located through an Internet search. Once you return the completed paperwork, a claims professional will be able to provide more specific information.

How do I get started?

If we have already contacted you, the first step is to complete and return the contingency agreement. This agreement spells out the terms and conditions in easy-to-understand terms and provides Wingfield Capital Group with the authority to act on your behalf while working on the claim. After we receive all the required paperwork, a claims professional will contact you with any further needs and keep you up to date on the status of your claim.

How long will the process take?

That can vary depending on the type and complexity of your claim or the entity holding the assets. The claims process can take between three months to eighteen months to complete once the claim is filed, but there are cases that take several years to complete. After receiving all the necessary paperwork, your claims professional will be able to provide a more accurate timeline based on your claim.

We will do everything possible to expedite your claim, but in many cases, there are no laws mandating when asset holders must release the assets, so the asset holder dictates the length of your wait. Remember, we operate on a contingency-fee basis and require no payment until your assets are returned, so it is in our best interest to move as quickly as possible.

Is there a time limit to claim any unclaimed funds?

There is no easy answer to that question. Every claim is unique, and asset holders are regulated by a variety of different laws. Assets held by the State Abandoned Property Offices usually have either lengthy or no time limits, but those are not the assets we normally locate and recover. Many assets we locate have fairly narrow time windows in which you can file a claim, and some asset holders are allowed to absorb the unclaimed asset after that time period expires. When we locate assets and contact potential claimants, we inform them of any relevant claims deadlines. Whether there is a deadline or not, the claims process can be lengthy, so we advise that you return all your paperwork as promptly as possible. The sooner we can recover your assets, the sooner you will be able to put them to work for you.

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