Step 1: go to http://www.unclaimed.org/
Step 2: Click your state
Step 3: (For New York) Hit "SEARCH NOW"
Step 4: Check your name, your relatives names, and then your friends names.
If your name comes up, then the state is holding $$ for you. They do not tell you how much it is.
Step 5: If you are on there, don't forget to leave a little voluntary donation to THE CAPTAIN POWER (Took me about 5 business days to receive my check from the state, if it has to be notorized it takes up to 60 days!)
I know this got downvoted to oblivion but unclaimed money IS legitimate and not a scam. You see (speaking from the state of California - should be the same in all 50) when a company owes you money (like you paid too much for a cable bill, credit card, money owed to you from a job you no longer work at, etc...) they are required by law to report that debt to the state if they are unable to repay you. This usually happens if you move alot or you change all your contact info/move/run off to the hills for a while and said companies can no longer track you down to write you a check. This money is reported and they have an obligation to pay you IF you claim it and prove you are who you say you are.
I wasn't owed anything unfortunately but I found relatives names who had small amounts (say 10-30$) from money owed. If you're particularly hard to track or go off the radar a lot you could have a pretty good amount waiting for you (it's a public record in CA - saw one guy owed about 600$ and 20 shares of stock). This is money sitting there waiting for you to claim it and even though odds are you're not owed any it takes about 5 minutes to check and you could hit a gold mine!
Thanks war in heaven. These guys aren't very bright, since the site is legit. I got a check for $25, my girlfriend got $75 and her mother $125....
Nps - truth will usually win out in the end. I actually heard about this from a relative and I had the same closed minded reaction as everyone else initially. .....ahhh yes another poor sucker falling for a 'free money' scam about to get their personal information hosed.... I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligible person so looking back I do feel somewhat ashamed for my snap judgment of the situation. I guess what helped tip the scales for me was instead of backing down they actually explained to me in detail why this wasn't a scam in great detail. With that information I decided to look it up myself and it was an official government site and was indeed real money.
It is just another flaw of human nature I guess - we've seen so many false flags that when a true one comes up we habitually dismiss it. Shortcuts are nice but as this blog has been mentioning if we depend on them too much we become less conscious and more automaton - mindlessly following whoever has the strongest agenda/social frame (for the pickup minded) at the time. From my experience rarely is the default frame inspirational - it tends to be pessimistic and controlling.
You can search most unclaimed property in all 50 states at once on http://www.missingmoney.com/. It's convenient, but isn't as comprehensive as searching each state individually.
First off, let me say this: BOOM! I got Tynan.com! YES!!
Okay. So back when I was in high school, I had the idea that maybe this internet thing was going to work out, and I might want to own Tynan.com. I put www.networksolutions.com into trusty old Internet Explorer 3.0, searched for tynan.com, saw that the domain was available, and then balked at the $70 price for two years.
I'll just get it later, I thought.
This will be the Kung Fu Kingdom team’s second weekly article published on our site. Make sure to sign up for the RSS feed or check the website weekly so you don’t miss anything. In this article I will be briefly discussing the reasons we set up a company, why we made the choices we did, and then what you will need to do to set one up yourself. In total, it cost me $120 to register the company, and an additional $340 per year to keep it running. This amount is quite cheap considering the benefits.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, nor am I qualified or intend to give legal advice. All statements in this article are personal statements I am giving based on my experience setting up a small LLC in Delaware. I just want to share my knowledge so that future generations will have an easier time. I’m not sure why I bother; young whippersnappers do nothing but cause me trouble.
Be aware that this article is no substitute for doing your own research. Laws and regulations vary by state, city, and county, so make sure to double check your specific situation before forming a company. Sometimes if you work for a company (you have set up) that is formed in a state other than the one you reside in, you will need to pay additional taxes to your state, city, or county. If you are ever unclear about your situation, consulting a lawyer is typically a good idea.
By set up a company I mean filing the required legal paperwork in order to make the company a legal entity. Why should you do this you ask? Well gosh Joe-Game Developer, that is a great question!
If you do not set up an official and legal company, then whenever you do work with someone you are, typically, defaulted into a partnership. That means that no matter how little work they did, and how much spine crushing, bone shattering work you did, each person who worked on the project is entitled to an equal share of the profits. That is no good. Instead you should set up an official company with an operating agreement signed by all members. This way you can outline exactly how profits will be split. This is the way to go.