Resources at the State Law Library
Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.
Who Can I Contact?
These organizations may be able to assist with some issues surrounding unclaimed or abandoned personal property.
About This Guide
Many often wonder what to do with property if the owner appears to have abandoned it. This guide will assist you in identifying relevant statutes and other materials to research this topic. Do note, however, that sometimes it is unclear whether the property is truly abandoned and you will need to consult an attorney for a definitive answer.
Below you will find references to areas of the Texas laws that govern abandoned property. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.
Federal laws on abandoned property primarily refer to archaeological artifacts that a person may find and wish to keep. In some cases, unauthorized removal of artifacts is illegal. Below are the major federal statutes which concern artifact excavation or removal.
Explained in "Plain English"
Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."
Some state agencies are required to accept reports of abandoned property and administer a claims or disposition process. Below are regulations from the Texas Administrative Code for the relevant agencies
Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library
The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.