Finders Keepers
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In conclusion, it is clear that the "finders" of property don’t always prevail. The laws with regard to "finding" abandoned, lost, and misplaced property differ depending on how you characterize the property and where it is found. Status is everything—the status of the property, the status of the land on which the property is found, and your status on such land (i.e. trespasser, owner, employee, etc.). Although the rules may differ from state to state, the explanations set forth in this article reflect the majority rules throughout the United States. So remember, in today’s world, the old adage of “finders keepers, losers weepers” doesn’t always hold up to the modern law.

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