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From the Chambers of Surrogate Margarita López Torres
In order to increase access to the courts and remain in compliance with the Governor's Executive Orders and the Administrative Orders of Chief Administrative Judge Marks, effective immediately, the Kings County Surrogate’s Court has established a new virtual process for issuing and responding to Citations appearing on Surrogate López Torres’ process calendar.
There shall be no in-person or videoconference on the citation return date. The virtual process is conducted entirely on submitted papers.
ATTORNEY RESPONSE TO CITATION
Attorneys should not submit a Citation Response Form, which is for use by self-represented persons. Attorneys should respond to the petition as provided for in SCPA or the CPLR.
SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANT RESPONSE TO CITATION
If you are unsure of how you wish to proceed, you may submit a Citation Response Form and await a response from the court. Alternatively, if you do not wish to object but wish to be made aware of any subsequent documents filed in the proceeding, you should file a written notice of appearance. If you wish to oppose the relief requested you should either file verified objections along with the required fee, or avail yourself of other relevant provisions of the law.
II. MOTION PRACTICE
Until further notice, no motion shall be brought on notice before Surrogate López Torres. All motions should be made by Order to Show Cause. Motions must be filed via the NYSEF system and a copy e-mailed to chambers, except that unrepresented parties may file Orders to Show Cause by mailing to the Court or hand-delivering to the Surrogate’s Court drop off basket located at the entrance to the courthouse. The moving party should provide the respondent’s email address. Where a motion is time sensitive, in addition to filing the motion through the NYSEF system, an affidavit of urgency may also be e-mailed to chambers. The subject line of the email must indicate that an Affirmation of Urgency is attached and include the file name and number.
In lieu of bringing a motion before Surrogate López Torres, the parties may file a written stipulation through the NYSEF system setting forth an agreed motion schedule. A copy of the fully executed stipulation shall be e-mailed directly to the assigned Court Attorney-Referee or to chambers if unassigned.
Chambers Email: KingSurrLopezTorres@nycourts.gov
III. STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ISSUES
For proceedings that have a statute of limitations approaching, attorneys shall commence the proceeding by filing via the NYSCEF system with a courtesy copy provided in the drop off bin at the Court Street entrance to the Courthouse. Unrepresented parties may file via NYSCEF, or USPS mail service or hand-delivery to the Surrogate’s Court drop off bin. An Affidavit of Urgency must be provided for any proceeding requiring the court’s immediate attention due to the statute of limitation issue.
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