[KHTS] – Several lined up, almost as if they were checking their lotto tickets — and for a few, there was a nice cash windfall.
“It looks like it’s about $300, and it’s just at the right time — on a Friday,” said Jacqui Once with a laugh, after she found out through a state website she had $365.64 coming to her.
Dozens gathered Friday at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center for a bilingual seminar organized byAssemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, aimed at helping people get what’s owed to them.
Bess Barber, a retired realtor and Peachland Elementary School teacher, heard about the workshop through the center and hoped she’d find similar results.
The Unclaimed Property workshop demonstrated six simple steps residents can use for the website, including how to file a claim to get their money within seven to 10 days.
While some only found less than $1, others found gifts from relatives they’ve lost, or a class action reward they didn’t know about.
“We’re definitely going to do this again,” said Wilk, adding there are literally billions of dollars in unclaimed cash waiting to be claimed.
Some of the cash came from corporations, such as Target and Walmart, while other sources included inheritance and class action claims that went unheeded, or a lock box in a bank.
California’s unclaimed property law requires corporations, businesses, associations and insurance companies to annually report and deliver property to the state’s Controller Office if there’s been no activity for three or more years, according to information presented at the workshop.
One woman found the money she thought her grandfather had left her, to the tune of more than $3,600. She was working with representatives from Wilk’s office to determine how to prove she was a descendant and file her claim, which was part of the lesson in filing for the money online.
“This is about an opportunity to give people peace of mind,” Wilk said, “and to get back money that’s owed to them.”
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