Surrogate's Court

What is Surrogate's Court

In New York State, the administration of a deceased person's estate comes under the jurisdiction of Surrogate’s Court. The Court oversees the proceedings in order to ensure that the assets of the estate are managed and distributed in accordance with New York State law and/or the decedent's wishes. Surrogate's Court also has jurisdiction in adoption proceedings, and guardianship proceedings for persons under age 18 or persons under a disability which occurred prior to age 18.

The information contained on this site is not intended as legal advice, but as a general guide to explain the legal process. While forms are provided for your use, it is strongly recommended that you consult an attorney. For additional help, please refer to the Surrogate's Court Procedure Act and the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law.


If the estate consists of only assets which are jointly held with another or assets that have named beneficiaries, then you may not have to do any proceeding in Surrogate's Court.

Is the total value of the assets in decedent's name alone:

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