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*Vanity* I have a safe deposit box key, now what? *Vanity*
nully | 7 Feb 14 | nully

Posted on 02/07/2014 12:33:10 PM PST by null and void

Since FReepers know everything...

Amongst my late father's effects we found a safe deposit box key. Little blue envelope, a box number hand written on the flap, nothing to identify which bank or branch.

Is there some way short of going to each of the thousands of banks in a hundred mile radius to determine where the box might be?


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1 posted on 02/07/2014 12:33:10 PM PST by null and void
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To: null and void

List it on Ebay.


2 posted on 02/07/2014 12:35:31 PM PST by Misterioso (Man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress. - Ayn Rand)
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To: null and void

when you get a bill to renew the box, you’ll know where to go.


3 posted on 02/07/2014 12:35:53 PM PST by AdSimp
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To: null and void

You don’t have any banking records? That’s the first, most obvious thought. The second thought I had was in wondering if it was even paid up.


4 posted on 02/07/2014 12:36:03 PM PST by alancarp
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To: null and void

WOW. Interesting question. Did he have any bank accounts or bank CDs? That would be the best start, with any bank/s he used for other transactions.

Then go through his checks or checkbook to see if he had a renewal fee for the safety deposit box, paid in the past year. ?

Hopefully others will have better ideas. Good luck.


5 posted on 02/07/2014 12:36:13 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: null and void

No old bank statements to be found laying around somewhere? The other thing you can do is see if he had any unclaimed funds sent into the state where he lived. If he had a safe box that he hadn’t used in a long time, and had an account there that was equally unused, the funds had to be sent into the state when there was no activity on that account.


6 posted on 02/07/2014 12:36:31 PM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: null and void

Did you father have any Bank/Credit Union records in his effects. They may give you a clue?


7 posted on 02/07/2014 12:36:32 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: AdSimp

We haven’t. It’s been years.


8 posted on 02/07/2014 12:36:37 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: AdSimp

Yes, wait for the bill.


9 posted on 02/07/2014 12:36:38 PM PST by bgill
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To: null and void

Look for his cancelled checks and then go there


10 posted on 02/07/2014 12:36:39 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: null and void

I think you’re going to just have to go to banks one-by-one. Look around for some sort of bill from the bank charging for the safe deposit box. Usually mailed yearly.


11 posted on 02/07/2014 12:37:04 PM PST by madison10
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To: NEMDF

We are not certain we know of all his accounts.


12 posted on 02/07/2014 12:37:22 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

I would start with any banks he has had other dealings with.


13 posted on 02/07/2014 12:37:34 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: b4its2late

Good idea. We’ll check.


14 posted on 02/07/2014 12:37:55 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

How do you know it’s not a key to a bus station locker?


15 posted on 02/07/2014 12:39:56 PM PST by circlecity
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To: null and void

Another thought: guessing he had the box for .... ~30+ years, perhaps? Think about the area banks that have physically been around for that long. Of course, if he’d moved more recently, then that thought is moot.


16 posted on 02/07/2014 12:40:42 PM PST by alancarp
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To: null and void

He probably didn’t go far away from his house. Chances are good it is a bank he used. There are probably records of paying for it in his cancelled checks or credit card statements. I hope you find a million dollars or some wonderful treasure!


17 posted on 02/07/2014 12:41:08 PM PST by spacealien (Tell me if anything was ever done.)
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To: null and void

It may cost a few bucks but couldn’t a locksmith identify the key to at least narrow down the possible number of banks? I’ll defer to those here who know better about these things.


18 posted on 02/07/2014 12:41:41 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: null and void

Take it to an old locksmith.

Amazing the stuff they know, makes, models, identifying marks, lot numbers...

One of those guys might be able to look at it, dig out a catalog and tell you that those were made for XXX bank and what years..


19 posted on 02/07/2014 12:42:22 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: null and void

Be sure to take letters of executor for his estate with you to each bank for which you can find any receipts among his papers. When I did my father’s estate I had to contact banks in VA where he lived previous to retiring, to find all the trails for accounts. I still had a key that looked like a bus station locker key which I never did connect to a source.


20 posted on 02/07/2014 12:43:13 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: null and void

If its still valid, there has been an annual fee that has been paid for keeping the box. Track it that way.

A box cannot be opened by anyone other than those on the list or those authorized (in writing) by the estate lawyer.


21 posted on 02/07/2014 12:43:48 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: null and void

Rather than travel to that many banks, consider:

1)taking a picture of the key,
2)use the web to build a list of banks in a 10 mile radius,
3)email each branch explaining your situation
in the email, give them the full name and address
and ask if the picture of the key matches their boxes.

This worked for my grandmother’s box but there were only 10 banks in that area of rural GA.


22 posted on 02/07/2014 12:43:49 PM PST by taxcontrol
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Call 911 immediacy. Cower in a corner until the cops show up. Turn over the key to the authorities. There might be cash in the box, and EVERYBODY knows that only drug dealers have cash.

</Alaska Wolf>

23 posted on 02/07/2014 12:46:49 PM PST by Half Vast Conspiracy (Proportionally, Ft. Hood is to Ft. Worth as Washington Navy Yard is to Arlington, VA.)
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Oh, should have read down. It’s been years, you say. Hmm, after X amount of time, it may have already been turned over to the government. Check your state’s unclaimed money and property. I take it you don’t have his statements anymore? Then start calling each of the banks he used over the years. On second thought, go by each of his banks in person so they have to deal with you face to face. It’s too easy to poo-poo you off on the phone. It’s unlikely he had a box that he didn’t bank at. If you can’t find it, then tell yourself he emptied it decades ago and forgot to return the key so you don’t worry over it.


24 posted on 02/07/2014 12:47:15 PM PST by bgill
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To: null and void

Possible strategy at 1:11.

The good, the bad and the ugly - Ecstasy of Gold
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubVc2MQwMkg


25 posted on 02/07/2014 12:49:28 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
You skipped a step:

1. Call 911 immediately.

2. Cower in a corner until the cops show up.

3. After they shoot your dog, turn over the key to the authorities.

26 posted on 02/07/2014 12:50:20 PM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: null and void

If it’s been years since the bill was paid, the box has likely long since been drilled and re-let. Check abandoned property records for the state in question to see if anything was turned in.

And if it’s been long enough, the physical bank or branch might not even still be in existence. If you want to track it down as a hobby, have at it, but you are unlikely to find a pot of gold at the end of the road.


27 posted on 02/07/2014 12:55:50 PM PST by PAR35
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To: null and void

Go to your local post office. Ask for priority mail envelope

Put key in envelope

Seal envelope and sent it Immediately to VRWCarea51

Wait until you hear from me to proceed.

All kidding aside. I think I would as the executor or have the executor ask each bank that he did business with to send you a years statement. One should show a deduction or payment for the box. If not, I would look to the nearest bank that was in business for the past 25 years. Most likely the old hometown bank.

Good luck!


28 posted on 02/07/2014 12:58:41 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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I had a similar problem. Get the paperwork that shows that you're heir, go to the nearest main road and stop at the first bank. Ask do they have an account for that person, they can tell you that. If they do, show them the paperwork and the key.

If not proceed to the next bank and repeat....good luck.

29 posted on 02/07/2014 1:00:48 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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A thought also, back in the day when we lived in Rural America our Post office had safe deposit boxes...worth looking into.


30 posted on 02/07/2014 1:02:55 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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where the box might be?

Which bank handled his checking account?

31 posted on 02/07/2014 1:07:32 PM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: null and void

I’m not sure how they do it, but I had the same problem with a relative that died. We found numerous keys to safe deposit boxes etc in the house. The estate lawyers found all the locations, but you do have to have authority via executor of the estate to open them. A good estate lawyer (which will be invaluable in settling the estate and is well worth the cost) knows how to handle these problems. They deal with them all the time. For what it’s worth.


32 posted on 02/07/2014 1:13:45 PM PST by Desparado
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Most safe deposit boxes have yearly fees, so start hunting in your father’s check book for any checks made out to Banks or Savings and Loans. Banks will waive fees on accounts if their customers have large balances, so also check anyplace he held a savings account or CD.


33 posted on 02/07/2014 1:21:30 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: null and void

Try the comptrollers office...unclaimed funds in your state.


34 posted on 02/07/2014 1:22:41 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

I’d inquire at any bank before I called a locksmith.


35 posted on 02/07/2014 1:23:54 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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Another thought...send a copy of the death certificate and a clear photocopy of the key to every bank you would have gone to. Describe the situation to them in a clear letter. You may get a hit if one of them will request you prove you are the rightful heir before confirming the existence of the box.


36 posted on 02/07/2014 1:24:54 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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Look at it as an adventure. And an excuse to stop at every donut shop within a hundred mile radius.


37 posted on 02/07/2014 1:30:20 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: null and void

Then, yes, call every bank in 100 mile radius. Tell them that he died, that you think he had accounts there, and ask them to confirm whether or not he did. Also, as another FReeper suggested, check the state’s abandoned property records.


38 posted on 02/07/2014 1:32:39 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: null and void

most limey where he does banking


39 posted on 02/07/2014 1:34:00 PM PST by BereanBrain
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To: null and void

If your family is anything like mine, it will contain a post-it note with “You’re ADOPTED!” on it and nothing else.


40 posted on 02/07/2014 1:34:40 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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Crocker Bank?

Shoot me a pic later.


41 posted on 02/07/2014 1:56:48 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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Take the key a bank. They usually know what other bank uses that key type.


42 posted on 02/07/2014 1:58:01 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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Just thought of something.

Go to State if California website.

They have a lost and found department.

If it is less than 10 years old you van probably get it.

If it is more than 10 years old it has likely been forfeited in a sale of lots.


43 posted on 02/07/2014 1:59:15 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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Probably not valid any more.......With that being said, there is a website that you can access to see if your state treasury has any funds held in your name. I discovered my state was holding $750 in my name, and for what reason I do not know..........


44 posted on 02/07/2014 2:02:39 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I think I've lost my mojo.....)
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That many years ago some banks offered a free safety deposit box with account, some people got them and never used them so it was/is possibly empty but I would have to track it down myself if possible- am too curious to let it alone. You would need to know where he has had bank accounts or did most of his banking.


45 posted on 02/07/2014 2:06:43 PM PST by Tammy8
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The first thing to do is obtain another safe deposit box to put the key and little blue envelope into until you find the other box. And don’t forget which bank you put it into.


46 posted on 02/07/2014 2:11:34 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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Many banks have waiting lists for boxes, and most won’t rent you one unless you have an account with them. If it’s not at his regular bank, find out which ones in your area will rent one without an account.


47 posted on 02/07/2014 2:32:47 PM PST by Hugin
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To: null and void

Nully, unclaimed property is also known as “escheat”, when you are googling your state’s unclaimed property information.
Good luck.


48 posted on 02/07/2014 2:34:57 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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Let this be a lesson. Write on a piece of paper all accounts you have so your loved ones don’t have to go through this.


49 posted on 02/07/2014 2:44:01 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: null and void
This is what happens in Pennsylvania. Might provide a clue.

What is Unclaimed Property?

There seems to be no time limit. Probably depends on the money grubbing qualities of your state legislature.

50 posted on 02/07/2014 2:44:30 PM PST by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence.)
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