Otsego County Courts

Surrogate Court

197 Main Street, Suite 21
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-322-3150
Fax: 607-240-5966

Hours of Operation:
Mon. through Fri.
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
(excluding state holidays)
(Closed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

[email protected]

All visitors must pass through a magnetometer upon entering the courthouse.



Surrogate's Court has jurisdiction over affairs of decedents, including probate, intestate, small estate and ancillary proceedings, disputed claims, discovery proceedings, accountings, compromise and settlement of wrongful death actions, inter vivos and testamentary trusts and adoptions. Guardianships of the person and property of infants as well as Article 17A proceedings are also handles through this Court.

Records dating back to 1792 are on file in Surrogate's Court and are available to the general public.



WebSurrogate is a web-based file search and document retrieval solution that provides information on estate proceedings and other 
filings within New York State Surrogate’s Courts and is now available on the internet! 

It is a free service that allows users to search estate files, retrieve associated documents, and view historical estate records that are considered public information. Please review the HELP link in this program for important additional information. 

Judges' Chambers

Hon. John F. Lambert

Stacy Johansen

Law Clerk
Mark Oursler

Otsego County Office Building
197 Main St., Suite 11
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-322-3175
Fax: 607-240-5965

Hon. Michael F. Getman

Beth Adams

Court Attorney 
Sarah E. Cowen

County Court Chambers
Otsego County Office Building
197 Main Street, Suite 13
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-322-3165
Fax: 607-240-5963


Chief Clerk

Chief Clerk
Lisa Weite
[email protected]

Otsego County Office Building
197 Main St., Suite 21
Cooperstown, NY13326
Phone: 607-322-3148
Fax: 607-240-5966