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Unclaimed Funds

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has recently become aware that fraudulent applications for unclaimed funds have increased significantly nationwide. Counsel for debtors and creditors are encouraged to assist the court in identifying fraudulent applications by filing a response to any suspicious applications based on counsel’s knowledge of the applicant as a client or former client.

What are Unclaimed Funds?

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 it. The United States Courts, as custodians of such funds, have established policies and procedures for holding, safeguarding, and accounting for the funds.

Searching Unclaimed Funds

To search unclaimed funds, use the Unclaimed Funds Locator at Select TNEB from the dropdown list and enter the applicable search criteria. If you need access to a computer to perform the search, you may use the court’s public computer terminals located at the bankruptcy clerk’s office in federal courthouses in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Greeneville. For the addresses of these courthouses, click here.    Additionally, you may contact to verify unclaimed funds balances.  

How Do I Claim These Funds?

Procedures for claiming unclaimed funds from Tennessee Eastern Bankruptcy Court and the necessary forms are below in fillable PDF format:

Instructions for Filing Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds

Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds - Form 1340

Order Granting Application for Payment of Unclaimed Funds

Request for Payee Information and TIN Certification - AO 213P


Need Help?

Please contact the U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District of Tennessee's Finance Department for further assistance in recovering the funds at this court:


Tennessee Eastern Bankruptcy Court staff can provide information regarding the status of and/or application procedures for release of unclaimed funds at this court only.