As part of the measures adopted by the NYS Unified Court System to combat the spread of COVID-19, the following actions are being implemented by the New York County Surrogate’s Court effective June 1, 2020:

  • Petitions and other papers in new proceedings and in all cases in which the cause of death is related to COVID-19 may be e-filed (for more information, visit the NYSCEF web page at www.nycourts.gov/efile). Papers may also be filed by mail (USPS or any express mail service). Please provide your contact information, including an email address, if you file by mail.
  • At this time, the court is accepting all types of proceedings for filing. However, most operations are still being handled virtually or remotely and delays in the processing of these matters should be expected.
  • The court will be able to process and determine all urgent and essential matters, including matters in which the cause of death is related to COVID-19, as well as all uncontested matters (in which waivers and consents have been fully executed and for which no citation need be issued).
  • No citations are being issued until further notice.
  • Parties with urgent matters may contact the Department in which the case will be filed. A list of Departments, their email addresses and telephone numbers may be found here: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/courts/1jd/surrogates/index.shtml. Urgent matters may also be brought to the attention of the Chief Clerk’s Office, which may be reached at dsanabri@nycourts.gov, or at (917) 509-7218. Finally, parties in need of immediate court assistance may contact the court attorney-referee to whom the matter has been assigned, if any.
  • Until further notice, only essential personnel will be in the courthouse. No person should visit the courthouse without first contacting the Chief Clerk’s Office at (917) 509-7218, or at dsanabri@nycourts.gov.
  • If papers are brought to the courthouse in person after consultation with the Chief Clerk’s Office, they are to be left in a box outside Room 303.
  • Court personnel may contact petitioners or their counsel as needed once filed papers are reviewed.
  • Court attorney-referees may contact the parties in a matter for a conference, which will be conducted virtually.
  • All matters scheduled to be heard at calendars through June 30, 2020, have been or will adjourned administratively. Parties must not appear in court. Notices of future dates for court appearances will be sent by mail.
  • No trials or hearings will commence until further notice. This includes 17-A Guardianships and finalizations of adoptions, unless there is urgency to the application. Trials or hearings that had been adjourned to a date in April, May or June 2020 will be adjourned again.

The terms of this notice are subject to modification as the need arises.

For more COVID-19 info please visit nycourts.gov/whatsnew/covid.shtml


Nora S. Anderson

Rita Mella

Chief Clerk 
Diana Sanabria

Deputy Chief Clerk
Jana Cohn

General Phone

Office Info

Surrogate's Court
New York County (Manhattan)
31 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007

Serving the estates of individuals who were domiciled in New York County (Manhattan) at the time of their death.

For estate matters of decedents having been domiciled in any other county, please contact the Surrogate's Court of that county directly.

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Accessing a Deceased Person's Sealed Residence

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Direct Department Contacts

Miscellaneous Dept. / Calendar Clerk 
(To file Affidavits of Service, Applications to Open Safe Deposit Boxes & Sealed Apartments)
Phone: 646-386-5001 

Accounting Department 
(Estate & Trust Accountings)
Phone: 646-386-5002 

Guardian / Adoption Department 
(Infant / 17A Applications)
Phone: 646-386-5003 

Probate Department 
(Decedents leaving a will)
Phone: 646-386-5004

Administration Dept. / Small Estates 
(Decedents leaving no will)
Phone: 646-386-5005

Cashier / Certificates / Certifications 
Phone: 646-386-5006

Records Search & Certifications 
Phone: 646-386-5090

Law Department Reception Area 
Phone: 646-386-5800

New York County Public Administrator 
(Estates of decedents leaving unknown heirs / Police Property Vouchers)
Phone: 212-788-8430, Room 311



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