Surrogate's Court - Notice to Self-Represented Litigants

Notice to Self-Represented Court Users

The Onondaga County Surrogate’s Court, under the leadership of the Honorable Mary Keib Smith, Surrogate of Onondaga County, ensures that self-represented court users have clear and unencumbered access to the Onondaga County Surrogate’s Court.

This office provides information to self-represented court users on procedural matters, court rules and statutes. Uniform forms and instructions are available in the Surrogate’s Court Office located at Room 209.

Additional Resources: 

  • The Volunteer Lawyer Project – You may be eligible to receive free legal assistance from the Volunteers Lawyer Project of Onondaga County.  Many matters may be resolved by a phone consultation or virtual meeting.  You may complete an online intake for at . The Surrogate’s Court Clinic is held bi-weekly with an in-person attorney.  All in-person consultations must be made by appointment.  Appointments may be made by calling the Surrogate’s Court Clinic directly at (315) 471-3409. 


  • – A list of the uniform forms for Surrogate’s Court may be found at  Please note there are “do it yourself” DIY forms for small estates, safe-deposit boxes and guardianships that assist in walking you through the process of completing the necessary forms.


  • Onondaga County Law Library – The law library is located on the 5th floor of the old Onondaga County Courthouse located at 401 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, New York 13202.  A law librarian may assist you in researching legal issues.


  • - This Website contains helpful information regarding what to do when someone passes away.  This site has information on Small Estates, Probate, Administration and Guardianships.