In theory, claiming Social Security benefits should be straightforward — after working several decades, fill out an application and get a monthly benefit check for the rest of your life. But, you and I know it’s not that easy.
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When a rightful owner cannot be located after a year or longer, funds are turned over to the government. But if you’re willing to do some legwork, you can search for unclaimed assets on your own. And in most cases, the state will return them to you at little or no cost.
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Although layoffs can be emotional, a pink slip should be a call to action — to get your finances in order, including spending, savings, health insurance, and credit. Here are 12 steps I recommend you take immediately after you lose your job to keep your financial house in order.