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We can verbally verify information you already have, but cannot provide any new information.
Please include your name used at the time the W-2 was originally issued, your social security number, the year of the W-2 that you are requesting, and self-addressed stamped envelop. Please sign this request.
If you wish you may call the office and ask for the Payroll Section at (209) 385-7511 and give them the same information as stated above.
Probate is started when someone – the named executor, next–of–kin, or the Public Administrator – files a petition to open a probate proceeding with the Superior Court.
The Court will set a hearing on the petition and determine who should be appointed to administer the estate. Letters of Administration are issued by the Court and constitute legal authority for the appointed Personal Representative or Administrator to take over all aspects of the decedent's estate.
The Personal Representative or Administrator will arrange for the funeral, if not already arranged, and must marshal (collect for safekeeping) and evaluate (value as of the decedent's date of death) all assets, debts and other interests of the decedent. This information is summarized in an Inventory & Appraisal of the estate, which is filed with the Court and copied to all interested persons. Notices are mailed to family/heirs, creditors and other interested parties, and a hearing may be conducted to resolve any questions or concerns about the assets and debts of the estate.
The Personal Representative or Administrator evaluates claims against the estate, pays taxes and expenses as needed, sells assets as needed, determines who is entitled to the remaining estate, if any, and concludes all matters affecting the estate. The Personal Representative or Administrator will prepare a final accounting of all actions taken to settle the estate, and file it with the Court. A copy of the final accounting is mailed to all interested persons.
The Court will hold a hearing on the handling of the estate and review the final accounting. Once approved, the Personal Representative or Administrator is discharged and the probate proceeding is concluded.
The Public Administrator is a County official, established by State law. California became a State when gold was found at Sutter's Mill in 1848. After the office of Sheriff was established in 1850, to maintain law and order, and a very cold winter struck in 1850-51, many people died. To take protective possession of the property left behind by deceased miners and other transient residents from out of state, the office of the Public Administrator was established for each County in 1851.
The Public Administrator has the legal authority to take protective custody of property of a decedent, and to investigate the decedent's assets and obligations, family and other interested persons, and related information. The Public Administrator may open probate for the decedent's estate, or refer the estate to the appropriate person(s) for administration.
The Public Administrator may be appointed under the following circumstances:
The California Probate Code provides for statutory fees for executors, administrators and their attorneys. The Public Administrator and attorneys for the Public Administrator are entitled to the same compensation. Statutory fees are based on the value of the estate.
Statutory fees are as follows:
In addition to statutory fees the Court, upon request, will award extraordinary fees for such extra work as selling real and personal property, petitioning for determination of heirship, litigation to collect assets, and defending actions against the estate and other similar matters. All fees must be approved by the Probate Court, in the accounting.
A formal probate proceeding is supervised by the Court and generally applies to estates with a date-of-death value exceeding $150,000.00.
Where the total value of the estate does not exceed $150,000.00, California law (Probate Code §7660) authorizes the Public Administrator to administer the estate with limited or no court supervision. Summary proceedings are only authorized for the Public Administrator and the law provides for a minimum fee ($1,000.00). A summary probate proceeding is considerably more economical and efficient than a formal probate proceeding.
At the time of the original investigation, the Deputy Public Administrator looks for all leads which may indicate assets of the decedent. These leads are followed up in due course, and the assets collected and (usually) liquidated, during the administration of the estate. Unless someone has deliberately hidden assets, all assets are usually located before the close of the administration.
A Deputy Public Administrator will work with the family to make the necessary funeral arrangements, either at the family's request or in the absence of family.
Arrangements will be made commensurate with any pre-need plans of the decedent or the ability of the estate to pay. All deceased persons will be afforded a dignified burial when possible.
If you paid the debts of the decedent or incurred charges directly connected with the decedent's death or paid part of the funeral expenses, immediately notify the administrator. You may be a creditor of the estate. Creditors must file a Creditor's Claim with documents supporting the claim within four (4) months after the appointment of the estate's personal representative or administrator. Creditor Claim forms may be obtained from the Court, at any legal bookstore, from the California Judicial Council online, or by mail from the Public Administrator.
Funeral expenses are a priority claim and are paid when sufficient estate funds are available. If a funeral director or mortuary is contacting family members or heirs for payment, they should be referred to the personal representative or administrator. The estate may reimburse reasonable funeral expenses.
Federal estate taxes will be paid from the estate at the rate and estate exclusion that apply to the year of death. There are no inheritance taxes in California.
A complete accounting will be filed with the Court and provided to all interested parties prior to the final distribution of the estate. This Final Account is set for a hearing and interested parties are notified. Prior to the filing of the Final Account, indications regarding the value of the estate or an heir's share of the estate are estimates only.
The primary function of the Public Administrator is to administer estates. Estate administration involves collecting assets, paying debts, locating heirs, creditors and other interested parties, as well as seeking instructions from and complying with Court orders. At the conclusion of the administration the Final Accounting is prepared and the residual estate, if any, is distributed. The Public Administrator also provides notice to creditors, heirs or legatees, and other interested parties, and responds to all requests for information regarding the progress of an estate's administration, as promptly as possible.
The Public Administrator endeavors to complete investigations and petition for appointment as quickly as possible. The timeline for administration varies greatly depending on the complexity of the estate.
Personal property (furniture, jewelry, art, etc.) is sold to satisfy estate debts and costs of administration. Generally, most heirs desire a liquidation of the estate, to receive a cash distribution. The Public Administrator works with known heirs to determine the desired disposition of property, when there are sufficient proceeds to pay debts and costs. Some items may be distributed in-kind to heirs. The value of the items is then deducted from the receiving heir's share. Heirs may attend auctions and purchase any items from the estate.
Real property (house, vacant land, commercial property, oil & mineral rights), is also sold to satisfy estate debts and costs of administration. In the event the estate has sufficient cash to satisfy estate debts and costs and an heir desires to retain the real property, the heir should speak directly with the Public Administrator's staff to formalize an agreement.
All sales are governed by the California Probate Code. All probate assets are appraised by a Court appointed appraiser. All real property is sold at auction or by private sale after notice of sale and subject to confirmation by the Court.
Estate distribution will occur upon completion and approval of the Final Account.
With formal probates, a copy of the Final Account will be mailed to the creditors, heirs or legatees, and other interested parties when filed for Court hearing and approval. For the Public Administrator's summary proceedings, a copy of the Final Account will be provided upon request.
A guardian or conservator is a person or organization that is appointed by the court to arrange for the personal care or finances, or both for someone who has been found by the court to be unable to do so (the conservatee).
The court can appoint a conservator of the person only, the estate only, or both person and estate. It is the policy of the Public Conservator to serve as conservator of both the person and estate. The following is a brief summary of a conservator's duties.
There are several types of conservatorships. For each type a conservator can be appointed for the person, for the estate, or both. It is the policy of the Public Conservator to serve as conservator of both the person and estate.
The Superior Court determines whether a conservatorship should be established. The court process includes petitioning the court, notifying the proposed conservatee and his or her family of proceedings, identifying the resources of the proposed conservatee and stating the reason a conservatorship is needed. The court will establish a conservatorship only if it is determined that the person requires it and that the petitioner can fulfill the responsibilities as a conservator.
Yes. A public conservator has all the same duties and responsibilities. The public conservator must answer to the court and obtain the same court approvals for decisions made on behalf of the conservatee.
Our toll free phone number is(866)901-3212.
If there are arrears (past due support) owed on the child support case, the local child support agency may continue to enforce collection of the arrears until the case is paid in full, including any interest that may have built up.
For more information, view Information for the Noncustodial Parent
The CalWORKs office must send us a referral to open a case to establish paternity, child support and health insurance for the children receiving the benefits.
When you are approved for these benefits, your rights to child support are assigned to the county for the time period you and the children receive aid. The child support collected while your family receives aid is used to reimburse the money paid to your family by the county, pursuant to State and Federal Law.
For more information, view Family Law for the Superior Court of California.
Yes, online service are available for FBN filing and searches. For more information, please call (209) 385-7627.
The State Bar of California also has resources for low-income people in need of legal help.
More information is available at the First 5 Merced County website. First 5 Merced County website
The statutory requirements are that each Grand Juror:
An interest card can be filled out two ways:
The supplemental questionnaire is used to obtain specific details regarding your job skills, knowledge, and experience that will directly relate to the current opening. The information provided by the applicant is used as a screening tool to evaluate the candidate’s overall job related skills. Therefore, it is recommended each candidate provide as much detailed information as possible when answering the supplemental questions as this will assist in the evaluation process.
The therapy is provided by a trained Occupational Therapist who has at least received a Bachelors degree, graduated from an approved School of Occupational Therapy, and has a license from the State of California to provide Occupational Therapy.
The therapy is provided by a trained Physical Therapist who has at least received a Bachelors degree, graduated from an approved School of Physical Therapy, and has a license from the State of California to provide Physical Therapy.
Merced County allows Medical Cannabis patients to grow a maximum of six plants for personal use, including both mature and premature. All growth of plants must be conducted INDOORS.
INDOORS can be defined as an enclosed area within a residence that is locked with a key, or a greenhouse located in a backyard that is locked with a key.
Merced County prohibits any outdoor growth of Cannabis.
Refer to Question 1.
Merced County allows to grow a maximum of six plants.
Commercial cannabis is PROHIBITED in Merced County.
Commercial Cannabis is PROHIBITED in Merced County.
An employee of a retail dispensary located in a legal jurisdiction that possesses a CA State M10 license and a Merced County Business License may deliver cannabis products to medical cannabis patients that live within the unincorporated of Merced County.
An applicant may apply for a Merced County Business License after they have been issued a CA State M10 License.
An applicant must contact the local jurisdiction, which the dispensary will be located, for information pertaining to permitting. Merced County prohibits any dispensaries.
Los Banos Misdemeanor office appointments are on a walk in basis:Monday – 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Merced Felony office appointments depend on the attorney assigned to your case, you will need to contact our office at 209 385-7692.
Los Banos Felony office appointments are Thursday, and you will need to call 209 710-7030 to schedule an appointment.
Or in a position that requires special knowledge and skills that you have. Please note that if you retire on a disability you cannot return to work for an MCERA participant employer under any condition except a juror, unless sections 31725.65 or 31730 apply. Contact MCERA for more information.
If the delinquent date falls on a weekend or holiday, the penalty is not imposed until 5 p.m. on the next business day. Contact us for more information at 209-385-7592.
You will be required to fill out a request form prior to obtaining the report and pay $10 for a copy of the report.
For more information, contact the Auditor-Controller's office at 209-385-7511.
Questions regarding assessed values or exemptions should be addressed to the Merced County Assessor at 209-385-7631.
The County Assessor determines the assessed value of your mobile home, which is generally the cash or market value at the time of purchase. This value increases not more than 2% per year until the mobile home is sold, at which time it must be reassessed. If your mobile home is parked on land that you own, the land will be assessed and taxed separately. Contact us at 209-385-7592 for more information.
Definition of Terms Used With Transient Occupancy Tax:
Hotel: Any structure, or any portion of any structure, which is occupied, or intended or designed for occupancy, by transients for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes and shall include any hotel, inn, tourist house or home, motel, studio hotel, bachelor hotel, lodging house, rooming house, apartment house, dormitory, public or private club. “Hotel” also includes a mobile home which is located outside a mobile home park when the tenant is not an employee of the owner or operator of the mobile home. “Hotel” does not include a hospital room, medical clinic, convalescent home or home for the aged.
Occupancy: The use or possession, or the right to the use or possession, of any room, or portion thereof, in any hotel for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes.
Operator: The person who is the proprietor of the hotel, whether in the capacity of owner, lessee, sublessee, mortgagee in possession, licensee, or any other capacity. This also includes vacation/part-time rental agencies.
Person: Any individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, social club, fraternal organization, joint stock company, corporation, estate, trust, business trust, receiver, trustee, syndicate, or any other group or combination acting as a unit.
Rent: The consideration charged, whether or not received, for the occupancy of space in a hotel valued in money, whether to be received in money, goods, labor, or otherwise, including all receipts, cash, credit, and property and services of any kind or nature.
Transient: Any person who exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy by reason of concession, permit, right of access, license, or other agreement for a period of 30 consecutive calendar days or less.
Any Federal or State officer or employee on official business.(these claims for exemptions must be accompanied by an exemption certificate.)
Any occupancy of hotels reserved exclusively for religious, charitable, educational, or welfare purposes.
Please mail your completed application to:
Karen D. Adams, CPAMerced County Treasurer/Tax CollectorAttn: Transient Occupancy Tax Section2222 M St.Merced, CA 95340
You must submit your application within 30 days of commencing business. After your application has been processed, you will receive your Transient Occupancy Registration Certificate, which must posted in a conspicuous place on the premises for which it is issued.
Yes, If payment is not received or postmarked by the delinquent date, a 10% penalty is added to the tax bill. If taxes remain unpaid for two additional months, a monthly penalty of 1.5% begins to accrue and in addition a Certificate of Tax Lien is recorded. Other fees may apply. Taxes due on Unsecured property may be collected by seizure and sale of any of the following property belonging or assessed: (a) Personal Property; (b) Improvements; (c) Possessory Interest (Sec. 2922 R&T Code). Contact us for more information at (209) 385-7592.