Escheat Policy for Unclaimed Money

The Escheat Policy is established to provide the proper mechanism to deal with long-standing unclaimed checks issued by the City of St. Helena.

Money that is not the property of the City of St. Helena that remains unclaimed for a period of more than three years will appear in the St. Helena Star once a week for two successive weeks. The notice will include the individual or business name as shown on the issued check, the amount of the issued check and the fund in which it is held. Forty-five days after the initial public notice if not claimed or if no verified complaint is filed and served the money shall become the property of the City of St. Helena (California Government Code Sections 50050 and 50051).

A party of interest may file a claim at any time until the date on which the money becomes property of the City. The claim form must contain the following information:

  1. The claimant's name, address and telephone number.
  2. Social Security Number or Federal Employer Identification Number.
  3. Proof of identity such as a copy of a driver's license, social security card, or birth certificate.
  4. Amount of the claim.
  5. The grounds on which the claim is founded (California Government Code Section 50052).

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