You may reserve a shelter at the park through our online reservation system www.fdlcountyparks.com, or you may call our office at 920-929-3169.
How much does it cost to rent a shelter and what does it include?
The cost is $25 per day and there are two shelters. Both shelters include electricity, 2 grills, and 6 picnic tables. The shelter is reserved for the whole day until 9pm, when the park closes. Rest rooms are located on the south end of the pool house.
What are the hours at the Fairgrounds Aquatic Center and costs?
Please contact the Fairgrounds Aquatic Center during the pool season at 920-322-3950, or the Recreation Department year round at 920-929-2885.
When is the Fond du Lac County Fair and how do I contact the Fair Office?
Please call the Fond du Lac County Fair Office with questions and/or concerns about the Fair at 920-929-3168 or see their web-site Fond du Lac County Fair.
How do I find out when events are going on at the Fond du Lac County Fairground and who to contact for further information?
Please see our Calendar of Events page on this website for event dates and contacts – or call our office at 920-929-3169.
What are the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Office hours? Where is the office located on the grounds?
The Fairgrounds Office hours are Monday thru Friday 7am to 3:30pm. The office is located on the center of the grounds in a small brown building labeled Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Office.
How do I get to the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds?
Please see our Maps and Directions page on this web-site for directions. The physical address of the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds is 520 Fond du Lac Ave. Fond du Lac, WI 54935.
What is the address of Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds?
The Fairgrounds' mailing address is 160 S Macy St., Fond du Lac WI 54935. The physical address for deliveries is 17th Street and Martin Ave., Fond du Lac WI 54935.
How do I find out information regarding renting a facility at the Fairgrounds and costs?
Please see our Buildings & Horse Arena page for information regarding buildings available for rental and rates. Please contact our office at 920-929-3169 to reserve a building and to receive a contract.
How do I reserve a building and what do I need?
Please contact our office to reserve a building at 920-929-3169. You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit which will be equal to 20% of the rental fee (the deposit will be put towards the rental of the building), a signed contract with the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, and a Certificate of Insurance that includes liability coverage for a minimum of $1,000,000.
Are the buildings heated and/or air-conditioned?
The Cow Palace, Expo Center, and Recreation Center are heated, and the Expo Center and Recreation Center do have air-conditioning.
May I serve/sell beer at my event?
You may serve beer at your event, but only non-profit organizations may sell it. Also, if beer is being served or sold, sheriff deputies must be on duty. They can be hired through the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office.
What is the process once an application is submitted?
After a posting closes, the Human Resources Department reviews applications for minimum qualifications. These applications are forwarded to the hiring authority of the position who will determine which applicants best meet the department’s needs. These candidates will be contacted to participate in the evaluation process.
Where can I pick up an application for employment with Fond du Lac County?
You may apply for a job opening here. All current job openings are on our website and you may only apply for an active posting online. Fond du Lac County does not accept paper applications.
Where can I purchase a Seasonal Boat Launch Permit & where can I launch from?
Fond du Lac County seasonal boat launch permits may be purchased through our online reservation system at www.fdlcountyparks.com, the Planning Dept on the 4th Floor of the City County Building, or from the campground caretakers at Columbia Park. These permits are good for Columbia Park, Hwy 45 Wayside and Wolf Lake boat launch sites.
Tri-County seasonal boat launch permits may be purchased through our online reservation at www.fdlcountyparks.com, the Planning Dept on the 4th Floor of the City County Building, or from the campground caretakers at Columbia Park. These permits are good for all Calumet, Fond du Lac or Winnebago County-owned boat launches on Lake Winnebago (8 launch sites total). Fond du Lac County will also honor this permit at Wolf Lake.
I called the Fairgrounds but no one answers. How do I get in touch with someone?
Craig Walters, Fairgrounds Supervisor, is in & out quite frequently, you should leave him a message on his voice mail and Craig will call you back.
What is the phone number for the pools in the City of Fond du Lac?
Fairgrounds (920-322-3950), Taylor Park (920-322-3955), Aquatic Center (920-929-3536).
Who do I contact to sign my kids up for summer recreation leagues?
Contact Recreation Dept @ 920-929-2885.
Can I reserve the pavilion at Lakeside Park?
City of Fond du Lac is responsible for Lakeside Park contact the City Clerk @ 920-322-3430.
What is AFCSP?
AFCSP is the Alzheimer Family and Caregiver Support Program. To qualify for AFCSP funding a person must have a physician’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other irreversible dementia, and must meet financial eligibility criteria.
How is a person eligible for the National Family Caregiver Support Program?
To be eligible to receive respite care, family caregivers must be providing in-home and community care to older individuals who meet the definition of “frail” as outlined in the Older Americans Act.
What Transportation is available for someone in a wheelchair?
The service is a wheel-chair lift equipped transportation called the Handi-Van. The service assists people in wheel-chairs or those who are mobility challenged to maintain and/or develop the highest degree of independence possible. Reservations may be made up to 2 weeks in advance, and should be made by 3:00 p.m. the working day before requested service.
What does an Elderly Benefit Specialist do?
An Elderly Benefit Specialist offers information, advice, and assistance to older individuals 60 or more years of age regarding individual eligibility for, and problems with, public benefits and services. They also work in areas related to health care financing, insurance, housing, and other financial and consumer concerns.
Is there a Transportation service for older adults?
The Elderly Walk-On Transportation service is available for people 60 or better who have the ability to step up into a van. The service is curb to curb, and appointments may be scheduled up to two weeks in advance. The service can be used to attend a Senior Dining site, get groceries, go to the bank, post office, the beauty shop, etc.
What is the Elderly Nutrition Program?
The Elderly Nutrition Program is open to folks 60 or more years of age and their spouse regardless of income. The purpose of the elderly nutrition program is to provide nutrition services that assist older individuals in Wisconsin to live independently by promoting better health through improved nutrition and reduced isolation via programs coordinated with nutrition-related supportive services.
What is the Aging Difference?
The aging network is fundamentally different in character and orientation from traditional service networks. The focus of the aging network is to ensure that service providers meet the needs of the older population in a sensitive and competent manner. This is done through systemic and individual advocacy. This difference has been called the “aging difference.”
My loved one gets confused and will strike out at times. Will you be able to handle this type of behavior?(HH)
Yes, we can help this type of individual. All of our staff have special training to work with individuals with special needs such as striking out, wandering, difficulty with redirection and mental health needs.
When can we visit?(HH)
Visitors are welcome always. We encourage family and friends to visit and spend time with their loved one. A support, loving, nurturing environment is a benefit to all.
My family member wanders all day long, how would you keep her safe?(HH)
Harbor Haven is one of the only facilities in Fond du Lac County that has a locked unit for individuals that wander or need the safety of a locked unit.
My family member needs to be seen by a psychiatrist and I have a hard time taking her to appointments.(HH)
Harbor Haven has a psychiatrist on staff that makes round to every unit each week. He is available weekly as well as being on call for the facility.
What can I bring in?(RM)
The facility provides a bed and nightstand. Family is encouraged to make the bedroom as homelike and comfortable as possible. We encourage family pictures and items that are meaningful to the individual.
What are your visiting hours?(RM)
Family and friends are welcome always. The best time to visit is usually after 8:30 in the morning.
What is the square footage of a house?
Contact the local assessor.
What is the age of the house?
Contact the local assessor.
Do you have therapy services?(RM)
Yes, a full array of services is available. MJ Therapy provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services.
How do I inform someone of a new mailing address change for my real estate bill?
The Land Information Department is in charge of making all address changes. Simply call our office at (920)929-3027, stop in the office or mail us the Change of Address Form printed from this website. You may also email.
What type of information can be can found on the County's On-line Maps system and how do I get there?
Who owns a certain parcel of land?
What is the parcel number?
What is the assessed value?
What is the legal description?
What is the last volume and page or document number for a parcel of land?
What are the taxes on a parcel and are they current or delinquent?
This information can be found by clicking On-line Maps to go directly to the online parcel maps and data information. If you cannot find the information you are looking for call the Land Information Department at (920)929-3027 or stop in the office or email.
If I do not receive my tax bill, what should I do?
Please contact your local treasurer. You are responsible for property taxes whether you receive a bill or not.
The other parent and I just don’t get along what can I do?
There is no easy answer, but excluding one parent from the child’s life is not the answer. Courage and sacrifice by both parents are needed to ensure that the child’s needs remain most important. This is your biggest challenge as a parent.
In the future, when your child looks back on how you did your job as a parent, the child will not care about which parent “won” or “lost” each battle. The child will instead look back and remember how miserable or happy he/she was and how happy he/she was with the way you handled things with the other parent.
How long should adjustment take?
Although we often get frustrated when we have to wait for things to happen, going through a transition such as divorce takes time, especially for a child. Generally, the first 6 to 18 months are the most difficult. After this point, life begins to feel more “normal” again. Remember, the children who cope the best following divorce are those children who continue to have a stable, loving relationship with bothparents and whose parents have a low level of conflict!
How do the courts decide custody and placement issues?
The legal system encourages people to work out their own custody and placement arrangements. Parents know the needs of their children better than the courts. If problems arise, the mediation process is used to help parties work out their differences. The Court will step in only when mediation fails. In Fond du Lac County, if mediation fails a guardian ad litem may be appointed. A guardian ad litem is an attorney who represents the best interest of a child. The guardian ad litem will investigate the situation and will recommend a parenting plan to the Court. The standard used by the Court to determine custody and placement issues is “the best interest of the child”.
Can placement schedules change?
Yes. Placement schedules may need to be changed as your children grow and their needs change. This means that you must communicate with the other parent about your children. It can be very costly to return to court every time you need to make a change to the schedule. If you agree to make changes, you may complete a new parenting plan, sign it and file it with the Court. The agreement then becomes a new court order.
Does everyone get 50 / 50 placement (equal placement)?
No. Sometimes parents agree upon equal placement because it is best for their children, or works best due to their work schedules. Generally, children are more concerned with the quality of time and relationship with a parent then the exact amount of time with each parent. Parents should not attempt to gain equal placement only to reduce child support payments.
What is the best placement schedule for children?
There is no legally correct or incorrect placement schedule. Placement schedules should attempt to reflect past patterns in the children’s daily lives. However, if a parent changes his or her schedule to accommodate the new situation, old habits should not be held against that parent. Placement schedules should allow the children access to both parents, unless harmful to the children.
How do I make an appointment to speak with the Judge or Court Commissioner?
Judges and Court Commissioners cannot meet with any person alone. This would be considered an ex parte communication, and is prohibited by the Code of Judicial Ethics and Supreme Court Rules. If you would like to present facts concerning your case, you must schedule a hearing before the assigned Judge or the Court Commissioner by filing and serving a motion, notice, and supporting affidavit. The same rules apply to written letters sent to a Judge or Court Commissioner; you must send a copy to the other party.
Can I give up my rights to the child so I can stop paying child support?
Generally, unless there is another person ready, willing and able to adopt the child, termination of parental rights is not permissible.
How old does a child have to be before he/she can decide which parent to live with?
A minor child does not have the legal right to decide which parent he or she will live with. The wishes of the child are just one factor of many to be considered by the Court in deciding placement and are not determinative.
He/she isn’t paying the child support ordered. Can I stop him/her from seeing the kids?
No. Issues of child support and placement are separate. Withholding periods of placement because the other parent is not paying child support is not allowed and may actually result in negative consequences or penalties to the parent withholding placement.
Who prepares the paperwork after a hearing?
The person who filed the Motion or Order Show Cause must prepare the final paperwork called an Order. As a result, it is that person’s responsibility to take detailed notes in order to prepare a proper Order. A copy of the Order must be provided to the Family Court Commissioner for approval prior to filing the Order.
The other party isn’t following the court order. He/she isn’t letting me see the kids. He/she isn’t paying child support. Why isn’t the court doing anything about it?
If you believe the other party is not following the Court’s orders, you can file a Motion or Order to Show Cause and request a hearing before the Family Court Commissioner or Circuit Court Judge. If you choose to proceed without the services of an attorney, "pro se" forms and brief instructions are available by clicking on the “Family Court Forms” tab.
When is my divorce final?
A final divorce cannot be granted until at least 120 days have passed after the filing of a Joint Petition of Divorce or 120 day after the Respondent has been served with the Summons and Petition. Your divorce is final on the date that it is granted by the Judge or Family Court Commissioner.
What if my spouse and I do not agree on how to handle our personal, financial, or parenting responsibilities while the divorce is pending?
Either party may schedule a Temporary Order hearing before the Family Court Commissioner by filing an Order to Show Cause for Temporary Order and Affidavit for Temporary Order. Usually, these forms are filed at the same time that you file your Summons and Petition, but a Temporary Order hearing can be requested any time while the divorce is pending. Before you file these documents, you should contact the Family Court Commissioner’s Office to schedule the hearing and obtain a date and time to insert in the Order to Show Cause. You must also serve the other party with the documents. The Fond du Lac County Child Support Agency must also be provided with a copy of the Order to Show Cause and Affidavit if either you, your spouse or the children are receiving public assistance. At this hearing, the Family Court Commissioner will make temporary orders concerning issues such as child support, maintenance, visitation and placement of the children, payment of debts, division of property, etc.
What are the methods of service?
There are five ways to provide service to the other party:
1. The Petitioner or person filing the divorce or motion may give the documents to the other party and ask that they voluntarily admit service. If the other party agrees to accept the documents, he or she must sign an Admission of Service form. If the other party refuses to voluntarily accept service, service must be accomplished by one of the following ways.
2. The Sheriff’s Department can serve the Respondent or other party. The Sheriff’s Department will charge a fee; the fee can be waived if a Waiver of Filing and Service Fees is granted by the Court. After the Sheriff serves the Respondent, the Sheriff will provide a Certificate of Service indicating the service has been completed. The Certificate of Service should be filed with the Court.
3. Parties can retain a private Process Service. Private Process Service fees will vary depending on the company and number of attempts required to serve the Respondent.
4. A friend or relative, who is over the age of 18, a resident of Wisconsin, and familiar with the laws that govern process service, can also serve the Respondent. The requirements for proper service are complicated; as a result, it is not recommended that this method be used.
5. Service by publication is a last resort and can ONLY be used if personal service is not possible. Before attempting this last resort, parties should seek legal assistance; there are specific and complicated rules that must be followed to serve by publication.
What does it mean to “serve” the other party?
Service is the formal process of delivering and verifying that your spouse or the other party gets a copy of the papers you are filing. Once your papers have been filed, service starts the divorce. A divorce cannot proceed until your spouse is served with a copy of the Summons and Petition. It is very important that service be done properly or your divorce may be dismissed. Wisconsin law requires that the Family Court Commissioner also be provided with a copy of the Summons and Petition. If public assistance benefits are being provided to either party, the Fond du Lac County Child Support Agency must also be provided with a copy of the Summons and Petition.
How do I file for divorce?
You must first determine what forms you will need: Summons and Petition for Divorce with Minor Children, Summons and Petition for Divorce Without Minor Children, or Joint Petition for Divorce. As always, it is recommended that you confer with an attorney to insure that the proper procedure is followed and, if necessary, appropriate pleadings processed. If you choose to proceed without the services of an attorney, "pro se" forms and brief instructions are available by clicking on the “Family Court Forms” tab.
Is there an advantage to being the person who files the divorce (the petitioner)?
No. There is no advantage because Wisconsin is a no fault divorce state. In addition, if both you and your spouse are requesting the divorce, you may file a Joint Petition for Divorce.
The court ordered payer is remarried. The new spouse makes a lot of money. Can the amount I receive for child support be based on the spouse’s income also?
No. The responsibility for supporting a child rests with the parents of the child. Under Wisconsin law a stepparent has no legal responsibility to support the children of his/her new spouse.
My youngest child turned 18 in February, but doesn’t graduate until June. When will my child support obligation stop?
Most support obligations end at 18 years of age unless the child is pursuing a high school diploma or its equivalent but not later than 19 years old. The Child Support Agency will request that the payee provide documentation of high school status just before the child’s 18th birthday.
I am not getting any child support. I want the court ordered payer in jail but the Child Support Agency just sends him/her a letter. I want him/her arrested. What can I do?
There are many possible steps taken to enforce court orders. The Child Support Agency will first send up to two enforcement warning letters. If there is no response from the payer, your case will be assessed for the next appropriate action. Before any payer can be arrested he/she must first be either found in contempt of court or unable to be located to be served. The Child Support Agency cannot just arrest someone without going through due process and obtaining an order of the Court.
I owe back child support and I know my taxes will be intercepted. I am remarried and am concerned you will intercept my new wife’s tax return. Will this happen?
Yes. If you file a joint return, you should file an Injured Spouse Claim, (Downloadable under "forms" catagory) the IRS will pro-rate the refund. It may be easier for you both to file separately. Contact your tax preparer for filing advice.
Besides paying my current support, I am making payments on the child support arrears and birth expenses. I am being charged interest on the back support and I just received notice that my taxes are go
Wisconsin law requires that missed child support debts be charged simple interest of 1% per month on the unpaid amount even if you are making payments on the arrears. Under federal law, the Bureau of Child Support is required to intercept federal tax refunds in any case when the court ordered payee received public assistance and the arrears total $150.00 or more or non-public assistance cases when arrears total $500.00 or more the Bureau of Child Support is required to intercept state tax.
I got notice that my taxes were intercepted; however, my recent billing statement doesn’t reflect the payment. Where did my money go?
The paying parent receives notice from the IRS or Department of Revenue that his/her tax refund has been intercepted. The state child support system usually receives the tax intercept monies four to six weeks after the paying parent receives this notice.
The father of my children does not want a Notice of Income Withholding to go to his employer. He prefers to pay me directly. Is this all right?
Income withholding is mandatory in Wisconsin because it is convenient to both parents and greatly reduces the possibility of late payments or arrearages. Generally, only self-employed paying parents do not participate in immediate income withholding and tracking of payment on the state-wide computer system (KIDS).
I will have an additional child to support by Court order. Will there be a difference in the amount of support currently being received by my original family?
If a payer has more than one family to support or more than one support-related obligation, the payments will be pro-rated across the payers’ cases. Payments are distributed first to families with minor children for current support and additional amounts are distributed to child support arrears or other support-related debts. Therefore payees may notice a difference in the amount they receive and the timing of these payments.
How long will the Wisconsin Support Collections Trust Fund take to process my payments?
WI SCTF will process the support payments the same day they are received Monday through Saturday. KIDS will issue payments to be mailed or direct deposited in your bank account on the next working day.
How do I find out if my name is on the Child Support Lien Docket?
If your name is placed on the lien docket because of payments missed in the amount of $500 or greater, you will be sent a one time Notice of Lien Docket and Credit Bureau Reporting. The notice will tell you the amount of the lien on the date that it was placed on the docket. This notice also describes your rights and procedures for disputing the lien amount. You may contact your Specialist in the Child Support Agency if you have further questions.
Why do I still have a warrant for my arrest against me when I'm now making payments?
If you have a warrant for your arrest and you start making payments, the warrant will not be vacated automatically. This is a matter that will need to be ordered by the court. If you are in this situation, you should contact the Child Support Agency immediately to talk with your Specialist to negotiate an agreement to have the commitment vacated.
How do I know if a payment was received? Has the child support payment been mailed yet?
Participants inquiring about payments received by WISCTF and subsequently disbursed by WISCTF are to be referred to call the IVR line (1-800-991-5530).
I'm not working now. Why do I still have to pay the same amount of child support?
Your child support order is based on DWD 40, the Percentage of Income Standard, and your gross income at the time the order was entered or earning capacity and does not terminate when you are not employed.
My ex-wife doesn’t spend the support money on our kids. What can be done?
The money a parent spends on housing, utilities and food are expenses that are shared with the children. If you believe your children are not being adequately fed, clothed and housed, you may contact the county social services agency where your children live. Neither the state nor the federal government has jurisdiction over how the child support payments are spent.
The children are living with me now. Why am I still paying support to their mother?
Your order for support will continue until the Court suspends your obligation. If you and the mother agree, you can contact the Family Court Commisioner's office to purchase and complete a Parenting Plan changing placement to file with the Court. You may then request the services of the Child Support Agency to change the obligation or contact an attorney, pro se organization or file your own motion before the Court.
My order allows me time with my children, but the father of my children is not letting me see them. Can I stop paying support?
No. Wisconsin family law draws a very definite line between the issues of physical placement and child support. No parent can withhold court ordered support because they are denied court ordered periods of visitation. Likewise, no parent can deny court ordered visitations because the other parent is withholding court ordered support payments. If you are being denied visitation rights, contact the Family Court Commissioner’s Office. It is important to remember that the Wisconsin Child Support program and its representatives have NO authority to create, change, or enforce custody and physical placement provisions. Even though we can sympathize with your situation we cannot give you legal advice.
My girlfriend/ex-wife is no longer receiving public assistance. Why is the Child Support Agency still enforcing the order?
If there is an order in effect, it does not matter if public assistance is being received or not, the child support order does not stop unless the parents reconcile or a parent terminates parental rights.
My husband and I are separated but we are not sure if we want to get divorced. I had to go to the Department of Social Services to apply for a medical card because my husband’s employer does not offer
When you or your child(ren) receive public assistance from the State of Wisconsin you must cooperate with the Child Support Agency. Even though you do not want to establish an order for child support, Wisconsin law and the Courts will ensure that as long as parents do not reside with the children, an order for child support will be entered. Failure to cooperate may result with any benefits you are eligible to receive from the State of Wisconsin being stopped.
Does an adjustment or modification always increase the current child support order?
No, an adjustment could raise or lower the current support order.
How do I file my own motion with the court?
You may hire an attorney, consult with a pro se organization to help you prepare the paper work or file your own motion with the court. You may download Wisconsin Circuit Court forms online (click on “forms”, select “Circuit Court” and click on “Family”) or download the Stipulation and Order form with instructions on this Website under "forms".
How do I change my child support order?
In order to change an existing order, a new court order must be entered. The following are a few options:
If it has been over three years since your order was entered or last reviewed you can request that the Child Support Agency review your case to see if it warrants a financial adjustment. If your case has been reviewed and determined that it does not warrant a financial adjustment by the Child Support Agency at this time, you will receive a written statement.
You may file your own motion with the court to modify your court order.
You and the other parent can file a Stipulation and Order agreeing to modify the current child support order.
How do I apply for services?
You must complete an application for services, and mail it to the Child Support Agency, 160 S. Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI 54935 with a check or money order for $25.00 made payable to the Fond du Lac County Treasurer. You may pick up an application in person at the Child Support Agency or request an application be mailed to you by phoning 920-929-3057 or download an application.
How do I get an EIN number?
The form to apply for an Employer Identification Number is available at the following website: IRS website.
How can I get State Probate forms?
The use of standard State forms is required by all Wisconsin Circuit Courts. You may obtain State probate forms from the Probate Office in your county or the Wisconsin Court System website.
How do I file a Claim Against Estate?
Complete standard state form PR-1819, Claim Against Estate.
File the completed form with the Register in Probate together with the $3.00 statutory filing fee. Please be aware that the claim may not be filed if the $3.00 fee does not accompany the claim.
Send a copy of the claim to the Personal Representative and the estate attorney, if any.
There is a time limit for filing a claim based on when the probate action was started. You can check the court record on the Wisconsin Court System website to find out the claims deadline for a particular case.
What is an Affidavit Under $50,000?
Wisconsin Statutes allows for the transfer of a small estate to an heir of a decedent, or to the decedent’s guardian, trustee or a revocable trust or a person named in the will to act as Personal Representative, without the necessity of going through a probate proceeding. When a decedent leaves solely owned property with a total value of $50,000 or less, the State form, PR-1831, Transfer by Affidavit ($50,000 and Under) can be used. This form is often referred to as a "small estates affidavit".
The Transfer by Affidavit is not filed or processed by the Probate Court. It is a form to be completed by an heir, person who was the guardian, trustee or person named in the will to act as Personal Representative and presented to the institution or other entity holding an asset of the deceased.
This form is available from the office of your county Register in Probate or you may obtain the form from the Wisconsin Court System Website.
How do I get a Domiciliary Letter?
Domiciliary Letters are issued by the probate court either upon the filing of all required documents with the Probate Registrar for an informal proceeding, or after a hearing before the Circuit Judge or Probate Court Commissioner in a formal probate proceeding. The Domiciliary Letters show that the probate court has given the authority to the named personal representative to act on behalf of the estate of the decedent and to perform all duties required to administer the estate according to statute.
Please note that even though a person is nominated in a decedent’s will as personal representative, they do not have the authority to act until Domiciliary Letters have been granted to them by the probate court.
What if there is no Will? What happens then?
If the decedent did not leave a Will and a probate is required, the rules of Intestate Succession apply. See Chapter 852 of the Wisconsin State Statutes.
Who are the heirs?
The heirs are the "closest living relatives" of a person as defined by the Wisconsin Statutes. Heirs are entitled to notice of probate proceedings and will inherit all of the decedent's assets if he or she did not leave a Will. Review the following list until you find at least one living person. All of the people described in that category will be the heirs.
Spouse, or Spouse and children not of the current marriage (if any)
Children (and descendants of any child who is deceased)
Grandchildren (and descendants of a deceased grandchild)
Siblings (and descendants of siblings who are deceased)
Nieces and nephews (and descendants of those who are deceased)
What does a Personal Representative do?
Serving as personal representative is a very important job. You will be required to take an oath that you will uphold the law and you may be required to post a bond to protect the assets in the estate. You must keep all interested parties informed of the status of the estate proceedings and complete the estate in a timely fashion.
For all practical purposes, a personal representative is acting in place of the decedent. You are expected to handle the assets of the decedent just as any prudent person would handle their own assets.
Your duties will include taking possession of all the decedent's assets and filing an inventory including the date of death values of all assets you have in your control. You will be starting a checking account where you can keep accurate records of income and expenses.
You will give notice to creditors and may give notice to interested persons by publication in the newspaper. Notice must also be given to interested persons by mail or personal service if Waiver and Consent forms cannot be obtained.
You may be converting assets to cash, selling real estate, running a business, insuring and keeping property in good repair.
You will collect any income due to the decedent like interest, dividends, rent, etc. You will pay bills, settle proper claims or object to claims that are not appropriate.
There may be final and fiduciary tax returns to complete. You may be required to file a closing certificate for fiduciaries from the Department of Revenue. You are encouraged to utilize the services of a competent tax preparer, accountant, or an attorney to help you with this aspect of the estate.
You may be required to file a final accounting showing all money that came in to the estate between date of death and distribution and all money that was paid out of the estate.
You will distribute assets according to the Will and/or statutes and secure receipts from those receiving assets.
Finally, you will file a personal representative's statement to close estate. Six months after the filing of this statement, your duties are complete.
What is Informal Probate?
Informal probate is the administration of the decedent's estate, intestate (without a will) or testate (with a will), without the exercise of continue supervision by the Court. Informal administration proceedings are circuit court proceedings under probate jurisdiction and administered by the Probate Registrar.
When someone dies, do I have to go to the Probate Office?
If the person who died had a Will or Last Will and Testament, by state law, you must file the original Will with the Register in Probate within 30 days of the date of death even if no actual probate process is required.
Can I obtain my birth certificate from Fond du Lac County if I was born in a different county?
Yes. Beginning 1/3/2017 birth certificates may be issued from any Register of Deeds Office in Wisconsin, as long as the birth event occurred in Wisconsin.
Where do I obtain a marriage certificate, if I applied for a marriage license in another county (example Dodge County), but was married in Fond du Lac County?
While your marriage worksheet is filed in the county where the marriage event took place, any Register of Deeds Office in Wisconsin can issue a certified copy of a marriage certificate if the event occurred in Wisconsin on or after June 21st, 2015.
If the event occurred before June 21st, 2015 you must contact the Register of Deeds Office in the county where the marriage took place or contact the State Vital Records Office to apply for a marriage certificate.