Q: Is there a statute of limitations when attempting to recover unclaimed funds after a chapter 13 discharge?
I filed a chapter 13 in 1999. I received a discharge, never thought anything else about it, and went on to improve my life. I recently received a letter from a private investigator in Arizona stating that, for a small fee, they would collect the unclaimed funds being held by the bankruptcy court here in Columbus, Ohio. I had no idea these funds were there. I did a search of the website and found them. It's greater than $1,000, quite a bit of money for me. I was told by a friend that the statute of limitations had already run and that I was out of luck. The exact amount of the unclaimed funds shows up on my final report as "registry fund." I was never notified by the court or the chapter 13 trustee at the time. Do I have any recourse or has the statute of limitations indeed run out?
A: If the funds are still there, you should still be able to recover them.
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