Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Keeping Track of Money and Spending It Wisely

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Keeping Track of Money and Spending It Wisely

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Dear Bruce: I found a long-lost bank check in the amount of $800 that was made out to me, dated December 1986. The bank has changed hands numerous times since then, and the current bank will not honor it. I am of the belief that a cashier's check is good forever. I really do need the money, which is legally mine. Please advise me on the correct course of action that I can take to recover my money. -- J.M.

Dear J.M.: That's really an ancient check! The money should still be held as unclaimed monies, which banks are required to turn over to the state when they are not claimed. There it will last forever until someone provides proof of ownership. You'll not receive any interest.

Write to the state, give them all the details and let them check back through their records. …

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