Locksmithing/Old LeFebure key


When I got married in 2009 my father gave me my grandparents old silverware set. Inside the box under the set was a LeFebure envelope marked box 8. Inside was a key with LeFebure stamped on the head. I have had no luck trying to trace the key or box it might go to. Any ideas on where to start looking?


Basically even if you knew what bank the box was in, if you aren't the executor of their estate, the bank isn't going to talk to you.

First place to start - obviously you will need to be or go through the executor of the estate.
second step -  get a list of every bank that your grandparents did business with.
third step - contact the bank to check on accounts or safe deposit boxes.

Note - by law, if there is no activity in any banking or financial account (to include safe deposit boxes), for a period of around 5 years.    (Every state has their own rules and time limits, so check yours and/or your grandparents).    At this time a law called "Escheatment" goes into effect whereas all funds and/or stuff in the box goes to the state.

You can google "Escheatment" for more info, and again, check your state for exact rules.    If your grandparents "Box" had not been touched or the account accessed in over 5 years or the period allowed by law, then it is probably not there any longer.

Your next step would be to contact your state office to see if any funds are there belonging to your grandparents, etc.   You WILL have to document your claim to the items.

California's guide to unclaimed property is over 50 pages long and explains their procedures for escheatment and how to claim the property.

Hope this helps somewhat, as the key itself has no value and the lock it went to has probably been changed out.  


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