Surrogate Court Contact Info

New Jersey Surrogate and Probate Courts

In New Jersey, probate matters are handled by two courts, namely, the Surrogate’s Court and the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Probate Part.

Most probate matters are handled by the Surrogate’s Court, which is a court of limited jurisdiction. Each of New Jersey’s twenty-one counties has an elected Surrogate. Probate in the Surrogate’s Court is initiated by one party, without any formal appearance required. The Surrogate’s Courts jurisdiction is restricted to specific uncontested applications, i.e., admitting an original will to probate, appointing an administrator to handle an estate if there is no will, appointing an administrator ad prosequendum to pursue a wrongful death action, and appointing minors’ guardians.

Surrogate’s Courts handle only uncontested matters, that is, matters where no objection, dispute or controversy arises. For example, the probate of a Last Will and Testament may be handled in the Surrogate’s Court only when the original will is lodged, no doubt or difficulty arises on the face of the will, and no caveat, dispute or opposition is present. Otherwise, probate must be handled in the Superior Court’s Probate Part.

The Superior Court, Chancery Division, Probate Part, is a court of general jurisdiction. It handles all contested probate matters and certain uncontested matters, with its statutory authority to supervise and resolve any dispute arising in a decedent’s estate, trust, guardianship, conservatorship, or other probate matter. The Probate Part handles matters in open court with notice given to all interested parties. It has general oversight of Surrogate’s Court proceedings.

The supervision by the Probate Part of estates (decedent, guardianship, conservatorship, trust, etc.) is only as to matters that are brought to the court for its determination or resolution by an interested party.

Some estates are administered with no court supervision whatever. The estate is opened as an uncontested application in the Surrogate’s Court and may be closed by filing release and refunding bonds with the Surrogate. Other estates will have multiple contested issues adjudicated by a Probate Part judge during the life of the estate, with the personal representative performing all other administrative business with no court direction or involvement.

New Jersey Surrogate Courts:

James Carney

Atlantic County Surrogate

1201 Bacharach Boulevard

Civil Couthourse

Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401


Michael Dressler

Bergen County Surrogate

Bergen County Justice Center, Room 211, Main Street

Hackensack, New Jersey 07601


George T. Koch

Burlington County Surrogate

49 Rancocas Road

Mount Holly, New Jersey 08060


Patricia Egan Jones

Camden County Surrogate

Hall of Justice

101 South 5th Street

Camden, New Jersey 08103-4001


W. Robert Hentges

Cape May county Surrogate

4 Moore Road, DN 207

Cape May Court House, NJ 08210


Douglas Rainear

Cumberland County Surrogate

A 111 Court House

60 W. Broad Street

Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302


Joseph P. Brennan, Jr.

Essex County Surrogate

465 Martin Luther King Boulevard

Hall of Records Room 206

Newark, New Jersey 07102


Helene M. Reed

Gloucester County Surrogate

P.O. Box 177

Woodbury, New Jersey 08096


Donald W. DeLeo

Hudson County Surrogate

Administration Building

595 Newark Avenue, Rm 107

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306


Susan J. Hoffman

Hunterdon County Surrogate

Hunterdon County Justice Center

65 Park Avenue

Flemington, New Jersey 08822-1495


Diane Gerofsky

Mercer County Surrogate

Mercer County court House

P.O. Box 8068

Trenton, New Jersey 08650


Kevin J. Hoagland

Middlesex County Surrogate

P.O. Box 790

New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0790


Rosemarie D. Peters

Monmouth County Surrogate

Hall of Records, Second Floor

Freehold, New Jersey 07728


John Pecoraro

Morris County Surrogate

P.O. Box 900

Morristown, NJ 07963-0900


Jeffrey W. Moran

Ocean County Surrogate

Courthouse, P.O. Box 2191

Toms River, New Jersey 08754


William J. Bate

Passaic County Surrogate

Passaic County Courthouse, Rm 101

Paterson, New Jersey 07505


Nicki A. Burke

Salem County Surrogate

Salem County Courthouse

92 Market Street

Salem, New Jersey 08079


Frank Bruno

Somerset County Surrogate

Administration Building

P.O. Box 3000

Somerville, New Jersey 08876


Nancy D. Fitzgibbons

Sussex County Surrogate

4 Park Place

Newton, New Jersey 07860


James LaCorte

Union County Surrogate

2 Broad Street

Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207


Susan A. Dickey

Warren County Surrogate

413 Second Street

Belvidere, New Jersey 07823-1500


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