Make Money Fa$T!

No, really, it looks like you can get some money quickly, if you live or have lived in California, and have some unclaimed property. I checked the Unclaimed Property Search site, and found some friends of mine have a couple of hundred bucks here or there coming to them.

Shockingly, my name isn't on there, despite my scatterbrainedness in matters financial. I was sure I must have mislaid something. Better check the sofa cushions again.

Many thanks to the Ninth Circuit's "escheating scandal" ruling (pointed to by How Appealing), which alerted me to this. If you find some money, send 10% to the Institute for Justice — or donate it to the Ninth Circuit, if you prefer.

Amusing tidbit from the "standing" section of the Ninth Circuit opinion:

Although plaintiffs' newly acquired knowledge of the law — and their ability to monitor their property — can perhaps reduce the likelihood of again having their property escheated without notice, it does not make this likelihood "remote." Indeed, that plaintiffs' knowledge of the law (gained from their experience in this case) will not adequately protect them is demonstrated by the experience of judges who have participated in this very case. Although these judges also know the law, one district judge recused himself after an escheat of his own property was discovered, and the district judge to whom the case was reassigned avoided recusal only by waiving his interest in escheated property listed on the Controller's website and by obtaining the parties' stipulation to his continued participation.

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Houston Lawyer:
And if you pay me $35.00, I'll fill out and file your homestead exemption paperwork for you.
5.2.2007 2:49pm
Hans Bader (mail):
I received several thousand dollars after visiting state unclaimed property databases, seeing the names of long-dead relatives, and submitting probate court, estate documents, and other information showing that the relatives were dead and I was related.
5.2.2007 3:36pm
Bill Poser (mail) (www):
Thanks! I just discovered the remnants of an old bank account. Not a lot of money, but worth a stamp.
5.2.2007 4:37pm
I found $36 in a bank account belonging to my wife's grandmother. I wonder if that will satisfy my Mother's Day obligation.
5.2.2007 4:58pm
Waldensian (mail):
Virginia is keeping me in suspense. My name shows up on the list of people with unclaimed property, but I had to submit info so that they can "research" the matter. Come to think of it, I sure hope it wasn't a fake website..... Something tells me it will amount to nothing. But if I hit, I'm spending it on beer, not the freakin Institute for Justice! EV, I will however donate 10 percent to your medical research charity of choice.
5.2.2007 8:20pm
I checked the Unclaimed Property Search site, and found some friends of mine have a couple of hundred bucks here or there coming to them.

Might that select list include a fellow Conspirator?
5.2.2007 9:02pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
guest: That it might.
5.3.2007 1:31am
Tracy Johnson (www):
I had to fish this one out of my spam filter probably due to the subject line.
5.3.2007 11:29am
Ha ha. Good luck trying to actually collect that money. My ex-husband's name was on the California list; when he tried to collect, they demanded *documentary* proof that the address listed in connection with the funds was his -- an apartment he had not lived in for 16 years. Do *you* have rent checks for 16 years ago? Mind you, his sworn affidavit -- even sworn affidavits from friends and relatives who knew he had lived there -- were not sufficient.

Everybody else I know who has tried has the same story -- whatever documentation you have is never enough.
5.3.2007 12:52pm
NickM (mail) (www):
Hmmm. I wonder if my Rolodex with Sasha's old address (clipped from a party invitation) counts as adequate documentation.

Seriously, old voter registration records count.

5.3.2007 6:06pm
Andrew Okun:
I picked up more than $500 from a health insurance company a few years back off the California site. A useful and efficient bit of government.
5.6.2007 3:21pm