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Old 06-06-2022, 06:31 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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I got some in my late husband's name - one small amount, one several hundred dollars. Had to send a death certificate for the bigger amount. I still have no idea where the money came from. The state did not tell me.
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Old 06-06-2022, 06:33 PM
 
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Maybe 30 years ago I was contacted by a company that helps recover unclaimed funds. They said I had a sum of money due which they would get for me, for only a 30% finder's fee! Not knowing any better, I offered them 10%, which they refused. In the process they disclosed enough information for me to determine which state was holding the money.

I mailed the state treasurer (this was before the info was available online) about it. They requested some documentation, which I was able to produce from a 1986 tax return that I had saved. I ended up getting a check for $18,000 from a forgotten ESOP!
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Old 06-07-2022, 08:35 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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I still have 3 of them showing up on the state website, but it's really not worth the bother of claiming them, for a total of under $100. All of them are small refund checks from insurance companies that I guess we never got or just didn't cash.
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Old 06-07-2022, 10:16 AM
 
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There's something in my mom's name in the last state she lived; they won't tell me how much money it is. I tried to claim it, but they wanted my dad's death certificate, which would take some effort and cost some money to obtain. Dad died years before she moved to that state, so I don't understand why he would be involved. And I'd have to split whatever it is six ways with my siblings...
I have a similar experience with my state, for my father and one grandmother. They won’t say how much it is for.

I started filling in the web pages for a claim, up to the point where they want a death certificate for my father. So I stopped and then went through the whole process of ordering a copy of my father’s death certificate. I finally got that and went back to the state web site, and then they want a copy of my Mom’s death certificate and a copy of the will or estate details. I haven’t put in the additional effort for those documents yet.

For my grandmother I don’t think I could come up with all of the documents required (death certificate for both grand parents, their wills, maybe documentation on all of their children etc., so I didn’t even start with that one.

Don’t know if the effort is worth it when they won’t tell you the value.
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Old 06-07-2022, 10:58 AM
 
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I still have 3 of them showing up on the state website, but it's really not worth the bother of claiming them, for a total of under $100. All of them are small refund checks from insurance companies that I guess we never got or just didn't cash.
The small amounts I've claimed in Texas only required me to fill out the online form, confirm my SSN and they sent the money within a week. Check to see what the requirements are.
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Old 06-07-2022, 11:47 AM
 
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Yes, maybe 15 years ago. It was a manufacturer's rebate for $100 (I think) for contact lenses.



I did not recall submitting the receipt/form/whatever for the rebate. I definitely would have done that. I always suspected that my optician's office must have done it on my behalf at some point - for the brand of contacts, it would have been sometime in the five years before I found the money to claim.
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Old 06-08-2022, 07:57 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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The small amounts I've claimed in Texas only required me to fill out the online form, confirm my SSN and they sent the money within a week. Check to see what the requirements are.
I have, and decided not to do it all. It involves uploading up to 5 documents to prove they are yours, and 2 pages of data entry on the website, for each one (of 3).
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Old 06-08-2022, 10:44 AM
 
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I have, and decided not to do it all. It involves uploading up to 5 documents to prove they are yours, and 2 pages of data entry on the website, for each one (of 3).
Wow, that's an awful process.
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Old 06-08-2022, 11:53 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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Wow, that's an awful process.
Yes, but I'm in Washington, not Texas. Our state government likes red tape and bureaucracy.
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Old 06-08-2022, 12:54 PM
 
Location: midwest
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Yeah, someone I worked a job with and helped train on computers left me $1,500 when I had not seen him for years.


I thought it was kind of sad that he didn't have someone closer than me to leave the money to.
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