Wouldn’t you like to find some missing money? Who wouldn’t, right?
I suppose there are a lot of folks out there who have lost anything from family property to 401(k) plans. Speaking of 401(k) plans…how does that work? You leave a company and years later you remember you had a 401(k) plan with your old company worth thousands of dollars? I suppose it can and does happen!
More likely, you’re not sure if a deceased loved one had a life insurance policy, but you’re not sure where to look because you can’t make sense of all their documents and papers.
Well, worry no more. There are a number of helpful resources available to track down missing money:
- Property held by states: www.missingmoney.com. This site has records from all 50 states.
- Matured savings bonds (bonds dating from1974 or missed payments): www.treasurydirect.gov. Click on Search for Your Securities.
- Lost 401(k) plan: www.unclaimedretirementbenefits.com. Plan sponsors, administrators and custodians register missing participants who have unclaimed retirement funds.
- Deceased loved one’s life insurance policy: www.missingmoney.com.
- Current year tax refund: www.irs.gov . Click on Where’s My Refund?
Have you ever had to search for lost money or property? If so, how did you go about finding it?
Where to find lost loot [Consumer Reports, October 2010]