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Q. I worked for a company with a profit-sharing plan. I haven't been able to get any information about where my money is. Can you help me?

A. The Employee Benefits Security Administration, which has jurisdiction over private-sector companies' profit-sharing, 401(k), money-purchase and employee-stock ownership plans, is the place to start. The toll-free number to reach a benefit adviser there is (866) 444-3272. You should be prepared to provide the name and location of the company sponsoring the profit-sharing and information from your latest account statement, an EBSA spokeswoman said.

For more on retirement plans and EBSA, go to www.dol.gov/ebsa/consumer-info-pension.html

Carrie Mason-Draffen is a columnist for Newsday and the author of "151 Quick Ideas to Deal With Difficult People." Readers may send her e-mail at carrie.draffen@newsday.com

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