It’s not uncommon for heirs to stumble across old stock certificates when disposing of an estate. What should you do with them?
If the stock is for a recognized company that’s still in business, your task is relatively easy. If there’s no cancellation stamp on the certificate, any brokerage can cash it in for you (but you’ll need to provide the necessary paperwork proving you inherited it).
If you don’t recognize the company name and can’t find it online, then you have some work to do. We’ll help you get started.