Surrogate's Court

What is Surrogate's Court

  • Q: When is an estate necessary?
          A: When a person dies with real or personal property titled in their own name.

  • Q: Do you need an attorney?
          A:It may be in your best interest to consult with an attorney.

  • Q: Where do you file an estate?
          A: In the county where the decedent was domiciled.

  • Q: Who has the authority to file an estate?
          A: If there is a Will, the person named as Executor or Executrix or if they are deceased or unable to act, the person named as Successor Executor/Executrix. If there is no Will, a person who qualifies under the laws of intestacy.

  • Q: What is an estate representative / fiduciary?
          A: A Voluntary Administrator, Executor, Administrator or Trustee.

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