Where, oh where did my retirement go?
September 13, 2011 3:32 PM Subscribe
How do I find my old retirement account?
posted by mrfuga0 to Work & Money (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I left a job involuntarily (fired on the day of the corporate Christmas party, no less) and forgot to do the paperwork to roll over my retirement account. This was in 2005. Recently I became a real adult and decided to transfer it. Problem? They have no record of me having an account. Two problems in finding out why:
1. I have no info from that time that I know of -- I might have some W-2s or a tax file, but pay stubs or notices from the retirement account are just not around anymore.
2. I have no access to the email that I once had with that job (or the alternate email I had at the time), where any electronic statements may have gone.
It is (highly highly im-) possible that I didn't put money in there, but I distinctly recall doing so and putting in the maximum amount so the company would match it.
Other special snowflake details:
* Yes, I was fired.
* I was fired by a director who was subsequently fired for improper management.
* This director really hated me (I was told later that this was because I wouldn't sleep with him, but that's not super important nor is it legally actionable) and was not above screwing with people's stuffs.
* This happened in December 2005.
* I was only a full-time employee for six months, so the money is not a huge amount. It is less than lawyer's fees, so bear that in mind. I'm guessing it should be around $3-4000.
I feel like I'm being stolen from. What options do I have before this goes to a lawyer (and also bear in mind that I have no proof anywhere that I invested money, so a lawyer can't help me thus far).