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Probate Court NYC

Probate Court NYC Address

31 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
Main Phone: (646) 386-5000

Probate Court NYC

Probate Court NYC Phone Number Directory

Department Phone Number Email
Miscellaneous/ Calendar Clerk 646-386-5001 misc_general@nycourts.gov
Accounting 646-386-5002 accounting_general@nycourts.gov
Guardian / Adoption 646-386-5003 guardian_general@nycourts.gov
Probate 646-386-5004 probate_general@nycourts.gov
Administration/Small Estates 646-386-5005 administration_general@nycourts.gov
Cashier / Certificates / Certifications 646-386-5006 cashier_general@nycourts.gov
Records Search & Certifications 646-386-5090 recordsroom_general@nycourts.gov
Law Department Reception Area 646-386-5800
Office of the Public Administrator
New York County
212-788-8430 info@nycountypa.com

Directions to Probate Court NYC

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Subway Directions: 4, 5, 6 or J trains to Chambers St./Brooklyn Bridge; 1, 2, 3 or 9 trains to Chambers Street.

Probate Court NYC Lobby

Hours of Work

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

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

The court is closed on all state holidays.


New York County Surrogate's Court Judge Nora S. Anderson

Hon. Nora S. Anderson. Hon. Anderson is tough but fair. She is a seeker of justice. Her prior work includes serving the people of New York as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society. She has experience working for the disadvantaged New Yorkers. She has experience working as an attorney in private practice, and as such, she exhibits courtesy and understanding to all attorneys who appear before her. She has been Probate Court NYC judge since the year 2009.

Judge Nora S. Anderson’s courtroom number is 509.

New York County Surrogate's Court Judge Rita Mella

Hon. Rita Mella. Hon. Mella is the first Latina to be elected as a Probate Court NYC judge. She was born in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. She started out as a judicial assistant in the Probate Court in Brooklyn with many judges, including the legendary Hon Margarita Lopez Torrez, was working in the New York court system for many years and was a Criminal Court judge before being elected as the Judge of the Surrogate’s Court.  She is a serious legal scholar. Judge Mella is a good listener and takes her time to find out the details of every case. She has been a Probate Court NYC Judge since the year 2012.

Judge Rita Mella’s courtroom number is 503.

Both judges have a staff of clerks who help them analyze cases and conduct pre-trial, scheduling and settlement conferences.

Chief Clerk
Diana Sanabria

Deputy Chief Clerk
Jana Cohn

Ms. Sanabria really shines during the Probate Court NYC calendar call. She does the scheduling and logistics. She helps the court and attorneys get through the calendar and get things done.

Probate Court NYC is located on the fifth floor of 31 Chambers Street. It is arguably the most beautiful courtroom in New York and one of the most beautiful courtrooms in the entire United States, if not the world. It has to be seen to be believed. The same can be said of the lobby of the building which hosts the Probate Court NYC.

Probate Court NYC - Courtroom

Probate Court NYC Departments

Probate Court NYC deals through its various departments with the following matters:

New York County Probate – Probate Court NYC handles estate proceedings involving a will. 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 Probate Court NYC, 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 go on a contested track.

New York County Estate Administration – Probate Court NYC 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.

New York County Guardianship – Probate Court NYC 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)

New York County Adoptions – Probate Court NYC also handles adoptions, whether of regular adoptions, step-parent and family adoptions and adoptions from foreign countries, involving both infants and older children.

Record Room – Probate Court NYC 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.

You can request information about an estate from Probate Court NYC by writing to the following address:

New York County Surrogate’s Court

31 Chambers Street, Room 402

New York, NY 10007

You will need to write them a letter with the correct legal name of the person who died, and include a check for $30 made out to New York County Surrogate’s Court, and either a return stamped envelope or your email address to receive the information.

New York County Accountings – Probate Court NYC 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.

New York County Miscellaneous Proceedings – Probate Court NYC 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 New York 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 Probate Court NYC, call Albert Goodwin, Esq., a New York estate, guardianship, wills, trust and probate lawyer with over a decade of experience.

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