Maine Revised Statutes

§1954. Property in safekeeping depository or held by landlord or state institution

1. Contents of safe deposit box or other safekeeping depository.  Tangible property held in a safe deposit box or other safekeeping depository in this State in the ordinary course of the holder's business and proceeds resulting from the sale of the property permitted by other law are presumed abandoned if the property and proceeds remain unclaimed by the owner for more than 3 years after expiration of the lease or rental period on the box or other depository.
[ 2003, c. 20, Pt. T, §23 (AMD) .]
2. Property held by landlords. 
[ 2009, c. 566, §25 (RP) .]
3. Property held by state institutions.  Tangible property, other than prescription drugs, held by an institution under the control of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Corrections that has been left by a patient or inmate is presumed abandoned if it is not claimed within one year after the patient's or inmate's discharge from or death while residing in the institution. Prescription drugs held by an institution under the control of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Corrections that are left by a patient or inmate are presumed abandoned upon the death of the patient or inmate or if the drugs are not claimed within 30 days of the patient's or inmate's discharge from the institution.
A. Tangible property other than prescription drugs presumed abandoned under this subsection may be sold by the head of the institution at public auction.
(1) At least 14 days prior to the sale, the head of the institution shall give notice to the owner:
(i) Either personally or by certified mail; or
(ii) If that notice cannot be given after one reasonable attempt to do so, by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the institution is located.
The notice must give a description of the property, the institution at which it was left, the time and place of the sale and the right to claim the property.
(2) The owner may claim this property at any time prior to the actual sale.
(3) After sale, the head of the institution shall record the name of the owner prior to the sale, a description of the property, the institution at which it was left and the proceeds of the sale.
(4) The proceeds of the sale and the records of the sale must be reported and delivered to the administrator in the same manner as property presumed abandoned is reported and delivered. [1999, c. 294, §1 (NEW).]
B. Prescription drugs that are presumed abandoned under this subsection must be disposed of in accordance with rules established by the Board of Commissioners of the Profession of Pharmacy. [1999, c. 294, §1 (NEW).]
[ 1999, c. 294, §1 (NEW); 2001, c. 354, §3 (AMD); 2003, c. 689, Pt. B, §6 (REV) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1997, c. 508, §A2 (NEW). 1997, c. 508, §A3 (AFF). 1999, c. 294, §1 (RPR). 2001, c. 354, §3 (AMD). 2003, c. 20, §T23 (AMD). 2003, c. 303, §2 (AMD). 2003, c. 689, §B6 (REV). 2009, c. 566, §25 (AMD).

Data for this page extracted on 12/03/2013 12:02:31.