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Abandoned Property: A Legal Research Guide

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians created legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue.

The library's guide on abandoned property provides links to relevant laws and books on lost or abandoned property. The state and federal laws discuss what to do with property that appears abandoned, including real and personal property, abandoned motor vehicles, as well as archeological artifacts and abandoned shipwrecks. This page also includes "plain English" resources to help explain the laws related to abandoned property and understand regulations related to abandoned or junked vehicles. There are also links to government databases that allow you to search for unclaimed property in your name.

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