Surrogate's Court


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Judge of the Surrogate's Court
Acting Supreme Court Justice
Supervising Family Court Justice

Hon. Theresa Whelan

Secretary: Angelica Leone
Law Clerk: Amy Hsu
Chambers: Surrogate's Court
320 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901

Surrogate's Court Chief Clerk's Office

Doreen A. Quinn, Chief Clerk

Amy E. Campbell, Deputy Chief Clerk


The Surrogate's Court handles all issues involving wills and the estates of people who die. The Court also handles cases involving unclaimed property of the deceased who had no will as well as guardianships and adoptions.

Each of New York State's 62 counties has one surrogate judge except New York and Kings Counties, which have two each.


More Surrogate's Information

Surrogate’s Process Calendar Markings

2021 Process Calendar Dates

Information about Coronavirus and the NYS Courts

Administrative Orders, Operational Changes due to Coronavirus Crisis

Surrogate’s Court Virtual Protocols and Forms

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Surrogate's Court Forms

Surrogate's Court Forms

Surrogate's Court E-filing Protocol

Tax Department Forms for Ancillary Proceedings

Alternative Dispute Resolution Protocols

How to Order Surrogate's Court Records

Wills for Safekeeping