|ATLANTIC COUNTY SURROGATE's Court Judge
DEPUTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT, CHANCERY DIVISION - PROBATE PART
Atlantic County Civil Court House
1201 Bacharch Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
FAX (609) 343-2197
Mays Landing Criminal Court House
5911 Main Street Mays Landing, NJ 08330
FAX (609) 645-5805
The Atlantic County Surrogate is the Judge of the Surrogate's Court, which renders
services as valuable as your life savings and as dear to you
as your loved ones. As long as there have been wills, estates,
minors and incapacitated persons, there have been judicial officers to assist the public with these matters and to maintain
In New Jersey, this judicial officer is the County Surrogate who
is elected by the voters of each county every five years. The Surrogate’s
primary functions relate to the determination of validity of wills,
appointments of administrators of estates, and guardians of minors and incapacitated persons.
The Surrogate can provide assistance on all matters affecting estates,
guardianships and similar probate matters, New Jersey laws, rules
of the court and case law involved in this area. The Surrogate’s
office is open to all and available to assist every member of the
public in this regard.
The Surrogate and his staff are available to review your will at any time to determine
whether or not it is validly executed.
In the absence of a will decedent estates fall into the category of "intestate succession" where the laws of New Jersey dictate distribution of assets.
The Surrogate also acts as a Deputy Clerk of the Superior Court in
handling adoptions, incompetencies, formal accountings and similar
Superior Court matters.
Both executors and administrators have responsibilities, which are further explained in "The Duties of Executor/Administrator."
The Atlantic County Surrogate can provide assistance
on all matters affecting estates, guardianships, and other probate
matters. The Surrogate is responsible for determining the validity
of wills, appoints administrators for the estates and guardians for
minors and incapacitated persons, as well as appointing trustees where applicable.
The Surrogate also acts as Deputy Clerk of
the Superior Court, Chancery Division - Probate Part. In that capacity
the Surrogate is responsible for estate accountings, incompetencies,
insolvencies, actions to remove fiduciaries and similar actions brought
in the probate part. The Surrogate also acts as the Clerk in the filing
and processing of adoption actions, for the New Jersey Superior Court/Family Part.
Information call (609) 343-2341 or (609)