Richmond County Surrogate’s Court

Richmond County Surrogate’s Court deals with estates, trusts, guardianships and adoptions of people who reside or have property in Staten Island, New York.


Richmond County Surrogate’s Court
18 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Main Phone: 718-675-8500

Fax: (718) 390-8741

Richmond County Surrogate's Court

Phone Number Directory

Department Phone Number
Main  718-675-8500
Help Center 718-675-8508
Guardianship 718-675-8510

Directions to Richmond County Surrogate’s Court

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Directions: Courthouse is located across the street from the Ferry Terminal. By car, take the Staten Island Expressway to Lily Pond/Bay St. Exit. Continue on Bay St. approximately 2 miles to the Ferry Terminal. Bay St. turns into Richmond Terrace.

Transportation: Staten Island Rapid Transit; NYCTA Buses; Staten Island Ferry

The Surrogate’s Court is located on the 6th and 7th floors of the Supreme Court building. The clerks are on one floor, and the various departments are on the other floor.

Hours of Work

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Some clerks can leave early at the end of the day, and can be on a break during lunchtime. Also, trying to file things in the end of the day is not a good idea, especially on a Friday.

The court is closed on all state holidays.

Judge of Richmond County Surrogate’s Court


Staten Island Richmond County Surrogate's Court Judge Matthew J. Titone

Honorable Matthew J. Titone. Judge Titone has been the Richmond County Surrogate’s Court judge since the year 2018. He is a former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly.

Judge Matthew J. Titone has a staff of clerks who help him analyze cases and conduct pre-trial, scheduling and settlement conferences.

Chief Clerk
Ronald M. Cerrachio

Deputy Chief Clerk
Jane E. Stilwell

Richmond County County Surrogate’s Court Departments

Richmond County Surrogate Court deals through its various departments with the following matters:

Probate – this department handles estate proceedings involving a will. That’s why some people call it “Staten Island Probate Court.” Most probate proceedings are uncontested – the person who brings in the will (the proponent) submits the will, has their New York estate lawyer fill out the appropriate paperwork and files the original will in the Richmond Surrogate’s Court, together with a petition, original death certificate, funeral bill and accompanying affidavits and notices. The court will set a date for the hearing on the probate of the will, and if no one appears then the court will grant the probate. If someone does appear, then the estate is contested and the examinations of the attesting witnesses and the attorney-draftsman of the will are scheduled and the cases goes on a contested track.

Estate Administration – this department handles estates where the person who died did not have a will. The person who is the closest relative of the deceased is appointed as the administrator of their estate. If the decedent is survived by a spouse, the spouse is usually appointed as the administrator. If no spouse, then children. And so on.

Cashier Department deals with Certificates, Certifications, and Record Searches.

Guardianship – Richmond County Surrogate’s Court handles Guardianships. There are two kinds of guardianships – those involving a mentally disabled (special needs) minor (those guardianships are known as 17-a), and guardianships of older adults who have become mentally incompetent due to some sort of illness (this is known as Mental Health Law Article 81 guardianships)

Adoptions – Richmond County Surrogate’s Court, Staten Island also handles adoptions, whether of regular adoptions, step parent and family adoptions and adoptions from foreign countries, involving both infants and older children.

Accountings – Richmond County Surrogate Court handles accountings filed by executors and administrators of estates and trustees of trusts. Accountings are usually compelled by beneficiaries interested in the trust or an estate, through a Miscellaneous proceeding.

Record Room – Records are available on the computers located in the record room and on the computer. It is not possible to access those records online through the internet without an attorney account.

You can request information about an estate from Richmond County Surrogate’s Court by writing them a letter with the correct legal name of the person who died, and include a check for $30 made out to Richmond County Surrogate’s Court, and either a return stamped envelope or your email address to receive the information.

Richmond County Inventory of Assets Department – deals with an inventory of assets, which is to be filed no later than 9 months of the date letters issued to fiduciary.

Richmond County Miscellaneous Proceedings – Richmond County Surrogate’s Court Miscellaneous department handles Affidavits of Service and Applications to Open Safe Deposit Boxes and Sealed Apartments. It also handles other proceedings, such determining kinship in an estate that has distant relatives, advice and direction, compel fiduciary to account, compel the production of a will or a trust, proceedings by a Staten Island fiduciary to discover property, proceeding to remove executor, proceeding to remove administrator, proceeding to remove trustee, proceeding by fiduciary of estate to discover property, etc. Fees for those proceedings can be found here.

If you need an attorney for Richmond County Surrogate’s Court, call Albert Goodwin, Esq., a New York estate, guardianship, wills, trust and probate lawyer with over a decade of experience. You can call Albert Goodwin, Esq. at 212-233-1233.

Attorney Albert Goodwin

Law Offices of
Albert Goodwin, PLLC
31 W 34 Str, Suite 7058
New York, NY 10001
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