Uncashed Checks Issued By The Town

A current listing of all unclaimed checks can be viewed using the link below:


Current law requires that municipal treasurers wait three years before an uncashed check may be deemed abandoned and start the process of reclaiming the funds.

MASS GENERAL LAW CHAPTER 200A SECTION 5: Subject to the provision of section one A, all intangible personalproperty not otherwise presumed to have been abandoned under any other section of this chapter, including but not limited to all certificate of ownership, dividends, stocks, bonds, money, drafts and claims for money and credit...shall be presumed abandoned unless claimed by the beneficiary or person entitled thereto within three years after the date prescribed for payment or delivery.

CHAPTER 200A SECTION 9A: On or before November first of each year, the treasurer of any city or town holding checks issued by said city or town which have not been cashed and which are deemed abandoned under section five may issue a written determination that it is in the best interest of said city or town to follow the procedures set out in this section.

Checks issued by the Town of Topsfield that remain uncashed are subject to the following actions:

  1. Letters are sent to named  payees of uncashed checks along with an acknowledgement form for claiming the funds.
  2. For checks over $100.00 an advertisement is placed in the local newspaper.
  3. An un-claimed check list is posted on the web-site.
  4. Checks may be claimed up to one year after the date of advertisement or web posting.