Unclaimed Funds Arising from a Bankruptcy Case

Unclaimed funds are held by the court for an individual or entity who is entitled to the money, but who has failed to claim ownership of the funds. These funds may arise out of a variety of circumstances in bankruptcy cases, such as:

  1. Incorrect/incomplete address for the recipient
  2. Uncashed distribution check
  3. Death of intended recipient

To verify unclaimed funds balances, you may use the court’s public computer terminals located in each Clerk’s Office or you may contact the Clerk’s office:

Newark
Phone (973) 645-4764

Trenton
Phone (609) 858-9333

Camden
Phone (856) 361-2300

Beginning December 1, 2019, the Court has modified the process for applying for the return of unclaimed funds.  Failure to use mandatory Local Form Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds (Form 1340) will result in rejection of the application.  The applicant should refer to the Instructions for Filing Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds for additional required documentation and forms included below.

  1. District of New Jersey Instructions for Filing Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds
  2. Local Form Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds (Form 1340)
  3. Local Form Certification of Service
  4. Local Form Order Granting Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds

If an Order Granting Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds is entered, the funds will be released to a Domestic Claimant after submission to the Court of either of the following forms which contain Claimant’s tax identification number:

  1. Form AO-213P Request for Payee Information and TIN Certification (if a claimant desires payment via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), this form must be used); or
  1. Form W-9 found on https://www.irs.gov/

Upon receipt of entry of an Order Granting Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds, send the completed form to:

United States Bankruptcy Court

Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Bldg.

Attention: Financial Department

50 Walnut Street

P.O. Box 1352

Newark, NJ  07102

 

NOTE: AO/IRS form(s) should not be submitted to the Court prior to entry of an Order Granting Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds

See the Instructions for Filing Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds for forms required to release funds to Foreign Claimants.