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Subject:  Re: funds in previous employer's 401k Date:  4/22/2000  8:13 AM
Author:  W401K Number:  7478 of 26346

There is no time limit to remove your money from your former employer's plan regardless of the size of your account.
Since companies are usually charged a per participant fee by the plan recordkeeper, employers are allowed o automaitcally cash out former employees who have a balance of less than $5,000. IF there is more than $5,000 the employer must obtain the employees' signature before cashing them out of the Plan.
There is no time limit for cashing someone out with less than $5,000. They should allow you a resonable time to make a withdrawal decision.
Most employers will not cash you out imediately, for if they do so the check will be made out to you and 20% will be withheld automatically. The employer should, upon termination of service provide you with a withdrawal election form. If this form is not turned in withhin a reasonable time, then the employer is fre to cash you out. Most employers consider 30 days reasonable.
However, there is no written regulations that specify 30 days.
Hope this helps.

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