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  1. #1
    merryb Guest

    Default OT- Unclaimed Property

    Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    I sold 7-8 years ago!

  2. #2
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    On Jun 16, 1:02 pm, merryb <msg...@juno.com> wrote:
    > Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    > please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    > site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    > surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    > receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    > I sold 7-8 years ago!



    In Iowa, it's a joke. If you're an heir, you have to produce obituary
    copies, death certificates, statements, bills or other mail addressed
    to the old address, your birth certificate, some kind of probate
    proof, etc., etc., ad nauseum. The state of Iowa makes it so
    difficult to get the money owed to you that if you're after anything
    less than about $750, it takes too much time and costs too much to get
    all the copies required to go after it. Which is what they are hoping
    for, I'm sure.

    My ex's 4 children (2 of mine, and 2 of the second wife's) could
    collect just under $300 to split amongst them - not worth it. I don't
    think any of the kids want to mess with it.

    OTOH, my brother's widow had $900 coming to her, so that was worth it
    - and I'm the one that found it for her, so I feel very virtuous about
    that. ;-)

    N.

  3. #3
    Tracy Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    Nancy2 wrote:
    > On Jun 16, 1:02 pm, merryb <msg...@juno.com> wrote:
    >> Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    >> please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    >> site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    >> surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    >> receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    >> I sold 7-8 years ago!

    >
    >
    > In Iowa, it's a joke. If you're an heir, you have to produce obituary
    > copies, death certificates, statements, bills or other mail addressed
    > to the old address, your birth certificate, some kind of probate
    > proof, etc., etc., ad nauseum. The state of Iowa makes it so
    > difficult to get the money owed to you that if you're after anything
    > less than about $750, it takes too much time and costs too much to get
    > all the copies required to go after it. Which is what they are hoping
    > for, I'm sure.
    >
    > My ex's 4 children (2 of mine, and 2 of the second wife's) could
    > collect just under $300 to split amongst them - not worth it. I don't
    > think any of the kids want to mess with it.
    >
    > OTOH, my brother's widow had $900 coming to her, so that was worth it
    > - and I'm the one that found it for her, so I feel very virtuous about
    > that. ;-)
    >
    > N.


    The Massachusetts Treasury Department publishes a list of abandoned
    property a few times a year. It gets circulated with the newspaper I
    think or it just gets mailed out. Filing a claim is supposed to be very
    easy. I look for my name every time but it's never there. ;-)

    Tracy

  4. #4
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    On Jun 16, 3:59*pm, Tracy <karac...@bc.edu> wrote:
    > Nancy2 wrote:
    > > On Jun 16, 1:02 pm, merryb <msg...@juno.com> wrote:
    > >> Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    > >> please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    > >> site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    > >> surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    > >> receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    > >> I sold 7-8 years ago!

    >
    > > In Iowa, it's a joke. *If you're an heir, you have to produce obituary
    > > copies, death certificates, statements, bills or other mail addressed
    > > to the old address, your birth certificate, some kind of probate
    > > proof, etc., etc., ad nauseum. *The state of Iowa makes it so
    > > difficult to get the money owed to you that if you're after anything
    > > less than about $750, it takes too much time and costs too much to get
    > > all the copies required to go after it. *Which is what they are hoping
    > > for, I'm sure.

    >
    > > My ex's 4 children (2 of mine, and 2 of the second wife's) could
    > > collect just under $300 to split amongst them - not worth it. *I don't
    > > think any of the kids want to mess with it.

    >
    > > OTOH, my brother's widow had $900 coming to her, so that was worth it
    > > - and I'm the one that found it for her, so I feel very virtuous about
    > > that. *;-)

    >
    > > N.

    >
    > The Massachusetts Treasury Department publishes a list of abandoned
    > property a few times a year. It gets circulated with the newspaper I
    > think or it just gets mailed out. Filing a claim is supposed to be very
    > easy. I look for my name every time but it's never there. ;-)
    >
    > Tracy- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I looked for our names every time the list was published (also once a
    year) and never saw them - but when I went to the state treasurer's
    website, I found them very easily.

    N.

  5. #5
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    Nancy2 wrote:
    > On Jun 16, 1:02 pm, merryb <msg...@juno.com> wrote:
    >> Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    >> please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    >> site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    >> surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    >> receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    >> I sold 7-8 years ago!

    >
    >
    > In Iowa, it's a joke. If you're an heir, you have to produce obituary
    > copies, death certificates, statements, bills or other mail addressed
    > to the old address, your birth certificate, some kind of probate
    > proof, etc., etc., ad nauseum. The state of Iowa makes it so
    > difficult to get the money owed to you that if you're after anything
    > less than about $750, it takes too much time and costs too much to get
    > all the copies required to go after it. Which is what they are hoping
    > for, I'm sure.
    >
    > My ex's 4 children (2 of mine, and 2 of the second wife's) could
    > collect just under $300 to split amongst them - not worth it. I don't
    > think any of the kids want to mess with it.
    >
    > OTOH, my brother's widow had $900 coming to her, so that was worth it
    > - and I'm the one that found it for her, so I feel very virtuous about
    > that. ;-)
    >
    > N.

    My daughter spotted my name on the Texas list and so informed me. Gave
    them a call, they sent me the paperwork, I sent it back, they sent me
    the stock certificates from and ESOP a former employer had established
    for me but never informed me of. I made about $5K on the deal but here's
    the catch, the !@#$% employer had my forwarding address but never sent
    the stuff to me. After I had been gone for two years they turned the
    stocks over to the Texas State Treasury. I let the former employer know
    I was unhappy with what happened.

    Oh yeah, I found out about the stocks 13 years AFTER the company sent
    them into the Texas Treasury. Luckily the stock increased in value
    instead of decreasing.

    Now I go online and check the lists in each state I have ever lived in.
    No more luck though.

  6. #6
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    Tracy wrote:

    > The Massachusetts Treasury Department publishes a list of abandoned
    > property a few times a year. It gets circulated with the newspaper I
    > think or it just gets mailed out. Filing a claim is supposed to be
    > very easy. I look for my name every time but it's never there. ;-)


    Just a few weeks ago I saw my ex-bil's name on one of those lists
    in the paper. I kicked around the idea of sending him the paper.
    Eventually I went with Surely someone else saw it and let him know.

    nancy

  7. #7
    Becca Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    merryb wrote:
    > Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    > please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    > site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    > surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    > receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    > I sold 7-8 years ago!
    >



    Thanks! Would you believe the state owes me money? :-) Usually it
    is the other way around. lol They have been hanging onto this $1100
    since 2003. I also found $36 that belongs to my ex-husband.


    Thanks again.


    Becca

  8. #8
    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    Nancy2 wrote:
    > On Jun 16, 1:02 pm, merryb <msg...@juno.com> wrote:
    >> Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    >> please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    >> site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    >> surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    >> receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    >> I sold 7-8 years ago!

    >
    >
    > In Iowa, it's a joke. If you're an heir, you have to produce obituary
    > copies, death certificates, statements, bills or other mail addressed
    > to the old address, your birth certificate, some kind of probate
    > proof, etc., etc., ad nauseum.




    Colorado is the same. We were listed for a small dividend check (I have
    no idea how it landed in the state' hands) but I looked into claiming it
    and gathering all the proof, affidavits, etc. would have cost more than
    the amount of the check.

    gloria p

  9. #9
    Merryb Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    On Jun 16, 3:50*pm, Becca <be...@hal-pc.org> wrote:
    > merryb wrote:
    > > Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    > > please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    > > site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    > > surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    > > receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    > > I sold 7-8 years ago!

    >
    > Thanks! *Would you believe the state owes me money? *:-) * * *Usually it
    > is the other way around. lol *They have been hanging onto this $1100
    > since 2003. *I also found $36 that belongs to my ex-husband.
    >
    > Thanks again.
    >
    > Becca


    Yay- glad I said something!! Happy shopping!

  10. #10
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    merryb wrote:
    > Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    > please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    > site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    > surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    > receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    > I sold 7-8 years ago!


    I just found a death benefit check made out to my father from Prudential
    Life. I have downloaded the claim form, but I have no way to know how
    much it is (other than it's "Over $100"). It's probably from my
    grandmother's death 8-9 year ago. I can't fill out the forms correctly
    until I know whether it's more or less than $11K.

    -sw

  11. #11
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    Nancy2 wrote:

    > In Iowa, it's a joke. If you're an heir, you have to produce obituary
    > copies, death certificates, statements, bills or other mail addressed
    > to the old address, your birth certificate, some kind of probate
    > proof, etc., etc., ad nauseum. The state of Iowa makes it so
    > difficult to get the money owed to you that if you're after anything
    > less than about $750, it takes too much time and costs too much to get
    > all the copies required to go after it. Which is what they are hoping
    > for, I'm sure.


    This sounds like the same BS I'll have to go through for Pennsylvania.
    They do not make it easy.

    -sw

  12. #12
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    gloria.p wrote:
    > Nancy2 wrote:
    >
    >> In Iowa, it's a joke. If you're an heir, you have to produce obituary
    >> copies, death certificates, statements, bills or other mail addressed
    >> to the old address, your birth certificate, some kind of probate
    >> proof, etc., etc., ad nauseum.

    >
    > Colorado is the same. We were listed for a small dividend check (I have
    > no idea how it landed in the state' hands) but I looked into claiming it
    > and gathering all the proof, affidavits, etc. would have cost more than
    > the amount of the check.


    The insurance companies and banks are basically handing over a lot of
    money to the state treasuries. It's no wonder why the State legislatures
    always said with these companies/institutions and against the consumer
    when it comes times to making new rules and laws.

    -sw

  13. #13
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    Sqwertz wrote:
    > gloria.p wrote:
    >> Nancy2 wrote:
    >>
    >>> In Iowa, it's a joke. If you're an heir, you have to produce
    >>> obituary copies, death certificates, statements, bills or other
    >>> mail addressed to the old address, your birth certificate, some
    >>> kind of probate proof, etc., etc., ad nauseum.

    >>
    >> Colorado is the same. We were listed for a small dividend check (I
    >> have no idea how it landed in the state' hands) but I looked into
    >> claiming it and gathering all the proof, affidavits, etc. would have
    >> cost more than the amount of the check.

    >
    > The insurance companies and banks are basically handing over a lot of
    > money to the state treasuries. It's no wonder why the State
    > legislatures always said with these companies/institutions and
    > against the consumer when it comes times to making new rules and laws.


    Money's one thing ... I saw some show where California (I'm sure there
    are others) is aggressive about going after safe deposit boxes.
    Sold off people's heirloom jewelry, etc, claiming they couldn't get
    in touch with the box owners.

    You think it's in a safe place.

    http://consumerist.com/274223/havent...zed-your-stuff

    nancy

    nancy


  14. #14
    Merryb Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    On Jun 17, 11:32*am, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compst> wrote:
    > merryb wrote:
    > > Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    > > please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    > > site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    > > surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    > > receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    > > I sold 7-8 years ago!

    >
    > I just found a death benefit check made out to my father from Prudential
    > Life. *I have downloaded the claim form, but I have no way to know how
    > much it is (other than it's "Over $100"). *It's probably from my
    > grandmother's death 8-9 year ago. *I can't fill out the forms correctly
    > until I know whether it's more or less than $11K.
    >
    > -sw


    Good luck- hopefully they won't make it too difficult for you to claim
    it!

  15. #15
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    Merryb wrote:
    > On Jun 17, 11:32 am, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compst> wrote:
    >> merryb wrote:
    >>> Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    >>> please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    >>> site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    >>> surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    >>> receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    >>> I sold 7-8 years ago!

    >> I just found a death benefit check made out to my father from Prudential
    >> Life. I have downloaded the claim form, but I have no way to know how
    >> much it is (other than it's "Over $100"). It's probably from my
    >> grandmother's death 8-9 year ago. I can't fill out the forms correctly
    >> until I know whether it's more or less than $11K.

    >
    > Good luck- hopefully they won't make it too difficult for you to claim
    > it!


    $4,072.33

    There's something much more valuable though. They won't tell me how much
    it is until I get a Holder Verification Letter from the insurance company.
    The owner is my grandfather, but the beneficiary is my father. I'm
    legally entitled to my grandfather's estate as well (along with 3 others
    grandsons, but first come first serve! Heh.)

    -sw

  16. #16
    D K Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    Sqwertz wrote:
    > Merryb wrote:
    >> On Jun 17, 11:32 am, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compst> wrote:
    >>> merryb wrote:
    >>>> Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who don't,
    >>>> please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed property
    >>>> site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there may be a nice
    >>>> surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I am the happy
    >>>> receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow account from a house
    >>>> I sold 7-8 years ago!
    >>> I just found a death benefit check made out to my father from Prudential
    >>> Life. I have downloaded the claim form, but I have no way to know how
    >>> much it is (other than it's "Over $100"). It's probably from my
    >>> grandmother's death 8-9 year ago. I can't fill out the forms correctly
    >>> until I know whether it's more or less than $11K.

    >>
    >> Good luck- hopefully they won't make it too difficult for you to claim
    >> it!

    >
    > $4,072.33
    >
    > There's something much more valuable though. They won't tell me how
    > much it is until I get a Holder Verification Letter from the insurance
    > company. The owner is my grandfather, but the beneficiary is my
    > father. I'm legally entitled to my grandfather's estate as well (along
    > with 3 others grandsons, but first come first serve! Heh.)
    >
    > -sw


    Now send me that $20 you borrowed in '96 and were finally even.

    -dk

  17. #17
    Gregory Morrow Guest

    Default Re: OT- Unclaimed Property

    D K wrote:

    > Sqwertz wrote:
    >> Merryb wrote:
    >>> On Jun 17, 11:32 am, Sqwertz <swe...@cluemail.compst> wrote:
    >>>> merryb wrote:
    >>>>> Don't know how many of you know about this, but for those who
    >>>>> don't, please go to your state website and look for the unclaimed
    >>>>> property site. Also, check every state you have lived in as there
    >>>>> may be a nice surprise waiting for you- tell all your friends!! I
    >>>>> am the happy receiver of a large chunk o'change from an escrow
    >>>>> account from a house I sold 7-8 years ago!
    >>>> I just found a death benefit check made out to my father from
    >>>> Prudential Life. I have downloaded the claim form, but I have no
    >>>> way to know how much it is (other than it's "Over $100"). It's
    >>>> probably from my grandmother's death 8-9 year ago. I can't fill
    >>>> out the forms correctly until I know whether it's more or less
    >>>> than $11K.
    >>>
    >>> Good luck- hopefully they won't make it too difficult for you to
    >>> claim it!

    >>
    >> $4,072.33
    >>
    >> There's something much more valuable though. They won't tell me how
    >> much it is until I get a Holder Verification Letter from the
    >> insurance company. The owner is my grandfather, but the beneficiary
    >> is my father. I'm legally entitled to my grandfather's estate as
    >> well (along with 3 others grandsons, but first come first serve!
    >> Heh.)
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    > Now send me that $20 you borrowed in '96 and were finally even.
    >



    Steve better be careful or *Jill* will try to claim that dough, lol...


    --
    Best
    Greg



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