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Lost stock and dividends -- and other unclaimed property

Advice and reference info from members.  (Updated April 9, 2018)

Unclaimed property

Almost everyone has some small stray uncashed check somewhere. This is surprisingly common, even for people who haven't changed their address in decades. For example, one member found an HP-related check that had been mailed to a misspelled street address with an incorrect zip code.

You may be approached by companies claiming to have found money for you -- for example, a private investigator has been contacting ex-EDS folks. There is no need to pay anyone.

Check state unclaimed property sites for lost shares, uncashed dividend checks, and other stray money. There is no need to pay anyone.

Go to the MissingMoney website, affiliated with the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and check every state or province where you have lived or worked: https://www.missingmoney.com/Main/StateSites.cfm 

Be sure to try variations on the spelling of your first and last names.

Lost stock and dividends

A team of HP Alumni volunteers has developed a step-by-step process to help you find all your stock, protectit from being treated as abandoned property, and prevent double taxation. Start the process at Employee Stock

You must make direct contact with each broker and administrator at least once a year. Otherwise, depending on state laws and the broker or administrator's policies, members report that your stock may be turned over to a state as abandoned property -- which can be very difficult to retrieve. Members report that checking your brokerage statement online doesn't count.

1. Check with the current Stock Transfer Agent and Plan Administrator for each stock. See Where's my stock?

2. Check with state unclaimed property sites for every state or province where you have lived or worked, as described above. Also check the state of incorporation for each stock, included in our Stock Decoder table.


See also: The HPAA has a Finance Forum where we discuss US personal finance issues -- such as Social Security and stock -- from an ex-HP perspective.  Join the HPAA at no charge: http://www.hpalumni.org

Comments: info@hpalumni.org


For more mutual help on this topic and many others, join the independent HP Alumni Association. If you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, HP Inc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise -- or have a defined retirement or termination date, join the HPAA. No charge, thanks to HPAA members.


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