Re "Come and get it -- if it's really yours" (Business, Dec. 30): I read with great interest about the state Controller's unclaimed property program. I looked into it and found a small amount of money that was owned by my mother. She passed away several years ago. My sister and I are clearly the only beneficiaries, a fact which we can easily document.
Unfortunately, the money will in all likelihood stay in the possession of the state. The documentation requirements to obtain the money are so onerous that it would take far more time and expense than the value of the funds that we would receive. The requirements of the banks to distribute her assets that held her accounts at the time of her death were simple by comparison.
The idea of the program is laudable. However, like most government programs, it isn't practical unless the amount of money involved is considerable.
-- James Christian, El Dorado Hills