Surrogate's Court


Judge of the Surrogate's Court
Hon. Vincent J. Messina, Jr.

Secretary: Catherine Recine
Law Clerk: Janessa Trotto
Chambers: Surrogate's Court
320 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901

Surrogate's Court Chief Clerk's Office

Doreen A. Quinn, 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

2024 Process Calendar Dates

Search Court Filings on WebSurrogate

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