You say to take possession of your stock certificates. When I tried to do this they wanted to charge me $500 for each certificate. Is there a way around this fee?
This is outrageous. I didn’t pay anything for mine a long time ago.
Maybe you can transfer them to a broker and ask for the certificates. Maybe you can transfer them all direct to the transfer agent and then take possession. This cuts the broker out. It’s a safer position for the transfer agent to hold the stocks. Ask your broker who the transfer agent is on your stocks.