Tuesday, December 28, 2004


A small part of my law practice involves the obscure area of unclaimed property law. For that reason (plus the fact that I have always thought that Jesse Ventura was a practical joke that the voters of the State of Minnesota inflicted upon the State), I got a special chuckle out of this story.

Maybe Jesse Ventura should have heeded his own advice.

The former Minnesota governor, who five years ago was instrumental in alerting people to their unclaimed property, apparently has about $2,150 in checks waiting for him.

In 1999, Ventura's picture appeared next to wads of cash on a Department of Commerce brochure detailing millions of dollars in abandoned money, stocks or safe-deposit boxes. "Governor Ventura wants to make sure you get what's coming to you," the brochures said. At the time, officials credited the Ventura brochure for a spike in people filing claims.

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