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Surrogate Court Brooklyn

Address

2 Johnson Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Main Phone: 347-404-9700
Fax: 212-520-6850

 Surrogate Court Brooklyn

Surrogate Court Brooklyn Phone Number Directory

Department Phone Number
Miscellaneous 347-404-9680
Accounting 347-404-9700
Guardianship 347-404-9733
Probate 347-404-9670
Administration/Small Estates 347-404-9690
Adoption 347-404-9700

Directions

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Subway Directions: 2, 3, 4 or 5 trains to Borough Hall; A, C or F trains to Jay Street/Borough Hall; R train to Court Street.

Hours of Work

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

(Clerks of the court can 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 a Friday.)

The court is closed on all state holidays.

Courtroom

The courtroom number is Room 319.

Judges of the Surrogate Court Brooklyn

Surrogate Court Brooklyn Judge Lopez Torres

Hon. Margarita Lopez Torres. Hon. Lopez Torres has been the Surrogate Court Brooklyn judge since the year 2006. She has a history fo serving the people of New York, first as a teacher, then working for Legal Services, as legal counsel for the City of New York, and as a Civil Court Judge. Judge Lopez Torres is a no-nonsense judge who is very serious about the cases before her.

Hon. Harriet Thompson. Judge Thompson’s term began on January 1, 2019. She has previously served the people of Brooklyn as a Civil Court judge. Judge Thompson maintains that everybody has their approach to being a justice and hers is to look at every case with an open mind and apply the law in a fair way.

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

Chief Clerk
Doreen A. Quinn

Ms. Quinn shines during the Surrogate Court Brooklyn calendar call. She does the scheduling and logistics. She helps the court and attorneys get through the calendar and get things done.

Surrogate Court Brooklyn is located on the second floor of the courthouse building. It’s called the third floor, but it’s the second floor in my opinion.

Surrogate Court Brooklyn Departments

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

Brooklyn Probate – Surrogate Court Brooklyn handles estate proceedings involving a will. That’s why some people call it “Brooklyn Probate Court.” Most probate proceedings are uncontested – the person who brings in the will (the proponent) submits the will, has their Brooklyn estate lawyer fill out the appropriate paperwork and files the original will in the Brooklyn 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 go on a contested track.

Brooklyn Estate Administration – Kings County Surrogate Court 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.

Brooklyn Guardianship – Surrogate Court Brooklyn 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 illness (this is known as Mental Health Law Article 81 guardianships)

Brooklyn Adoptions – Surrogate Court Brooklyn also handles adoptions, whether of regular adoptions, step-parent and family adoptions and adoptions from foreign countries, involving both infants and older children.

Brooklyn Record Room – Surrogate Court Brooklyn 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 the Surrogate Court in Brooklyn by writing them a letter with the correct legal name of the person who died, and include a check for $30 made out to the appropriate County Surrogate’s Court, and either a return stamped envelope or your email address to receive the information.

Brooklyn Accountings – Surrogate Court Brooklyn 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.

Brooklyn Miscellaneous Proceedings – Surrogate Court Brooklyn Miscellaneous department handles Affidavits of Service and Applications to Open Safe Deposit Boxes and Sealed Apartments. The Miscellaneous Department 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 Brooklyn 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 Surrogate Court Brooklyn, 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.

Nassau County Surrogate’s Court Fees

Nassau County Surrogate’s Court Fees are stated in the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, § 2402. Here is the list of fees by procedure, for easy reference:

7. The fee schedule for subdivision 1 through 7 inclusive is as follows:

Value of Estate or Subject Matter Fee Rate
Less than $ 10,000 $ 45.00
10,000 but under 20,000 75.00
20,000 but under 50,000 215.00
50,000 but under 100,000 280.00
100,000 but under 250,000 420.00
250,000 but under 500,000 625.00
500,000 and over 1,250.00

8. (a) For filing a petition to commence the following proceedings, the fee shall be as indicated:

SCPA Fee Rate
607 To punish respondent for contempt $ 30.00
711 Suspend, modify, revoke letters or remove a fiduciary other than a custodian or guardian 75.00
711 Suspend, modify, revoke letters or remove a custodian or guardian 30.00
715 Application of fiduciary to resign 30.00
717 Suspend powers-fiduciary in war 0.00
1401 Compel production of will 20.00
1420 Construction of will 75.00
1421 Determination of right of election 75.00
1502 Appointment of trustee 45.00
1508 Release against state 50.00
1703 Appointment of guardian 20.00
2003 Open safe deposit box 20.00
2102 Proceedings against a fiduciary 20.00
2103 Proceedings by fiduciary to discover property 75.00
2107 Advice and directions 75.00
2108 Continue business 45.00
2114 Review corporate trustee compensation 10.00
2205 Petition to compel fiduciary to account 30.00
EPTL 7-4.6 Appointment of successor custodian 20.00

(b) For filing a petition to commence a proceeding for the appointment of a trustee of a lifetime trust or for the appointment of a conservator, the fee shall be the same as that which is payable in the supreme court pursuant to section eight thousand eighteen of the civil practice law and rules.

9. For filing:

(i) a demand for trial by jury in any proceeding, SCPA 502 $ 150.00
(ii) objections to the probate of a will SCPA 1410 150.00
(iii) a note of issue in any proceeding 45.00
(iv) objection or answer in any action or proceeding other than probate 75.00
(v) a will for safekeeping pursuant to section 2507 of this act except that the court in any county may reduce or dispense with such fee 45.00
(vi) a bond, including any additional bond:
less than $ 10,000 20.00$
10,000 and over 30.00

10.

For furnishing a transcript of a decree $20.00

11.

For a certificate of letters evidencing that the appointment of a fiduciary is still in full force and effect: $ 6.00

12.

(a) For making and certifying or comparing and certifying a copy of a will or any paper on file or recorded in his office: $ 6.00 pg.
(b) Authenticating the same, additional: $ 20.00

13.

For searching and certifying to any record
for which search is made:
$ 30.00 for under 25 years$ 90.00 for over 25 years

14.

(a) For producing papers, documents, books of record on
file in his office under a subpoena duces tecum,
for use within the county where the office
of the court is situated:
$ 30.00
(b) for use in any other county, such fee to be paid for
each day or part thereof that the messenger is
detailed from the office and to be in addition
to mileage fee and the necessary expenses of the
messenger. The clerk
of the court shall not be
required to make any collection or return of
the money so paid for expenses:
$ .30

15. For recording:

(a) any instrument, decree or other
paper which is required by law
to be recorded:
$ 8.00 per pg. or part $ 16.00 minimum
(b) for filing an authenticated copy of
a foreign will:
$ 8.00 per pg. $ 64.00 minimum
(c) for taxing bill of costs: 15.00

The table above contains Nassau County Surrogate’s Court fees. If you need representation in a Nassau County estate proceeding, contact the Law Offices of Albert Goodwin at (212) 233-1233.

Manhattan Surrogate Court

Manhattan Surrogate Court Address

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

Manhattan Surrogate Court

Manhattan Surrogate Court 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 Manhattan Surrogate Court

Enter your starting address:

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

Manhattan Surrogate Court 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.

Judges

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 a Manhattan Surrogate Court judge since the year 2009.

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

Judge Rita Mella

Hon. Rita Mella. Hon. Mella is the first Latina to be elected as a Manhattan Surrogate Court 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 Manhattan Surrogate Court 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 Manhattan Surrogate Court calendar call. She does the scheduling and logistics. She helps the court and attorneys get through the calendar and get things done.

Manhattan Surrogate Court 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 Manhattan Surrogate Court.

Manhattan Surrogate Court - View of Courtroom

Manhattan Surrogate Court Departments

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

New York County Probate – Manhattan Surrogate Court 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 Manhattan Surrogate 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 go on a contested track.

New York County Estate Administration – Manhattan Surrogate Court 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 – Manhattan Surrogate 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)

New York County Adoptions – Manhattan Surrogate Court 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 – Manhattan Surrogate Court 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 the Manhattan Surrogate’s Court 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 – Manhattan 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.

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

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

Enter your starting address:

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.

Judges

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.

New York Probate Court

New York Probate Court Address

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

New York Probate Court

New York Probate Court 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 New York Probate Court

Enter your starting address:

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

Hours of Work for New York Probate Court

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 lunch time. Also, trying to file things in the end of the day is not a good idea, especially on Friday.

The court is closed on all state holidays.

Judges of New York Probate Court

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 attorney in private practice, and as such she exhibits courtesy and understanding to all attorneys who appears before her. She has been New York Probate 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 New York Probate Court 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 New York Probate Court Judge.  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 New York Probate Court 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 New York Probate Court calendar call. She does the scheduling and logistics. She helps the court and attorneys get through the calendar and get things done.

New York Probate Court is located on the fifth floor of 31 Chambers Street. It is the 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 New York Probate Court.

New York Probate Court - Courtroom

New York Probate Court Departments

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

New York County Probate – New York Probate Court 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 New York Probate 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.

New York County Estate Administration – New York Probate Court 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 – New York Probate 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)

New York County Adoptions – New York Probate Court 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 – New York Probate Court records are available on the computers located in the the record room and in the computer. It is not possible to access those records online through the internet.

You can request information about an estate from New York Probate Court 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 – New York Probate 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.

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

Erie County Surrogate’s Court Information and Insights

Erie County Surrogate’s Court Address

Erie County Hall
92 Franklin Street – 2nd floor
Buffalo, NY 14202

Main Phone: 716-845-2560

Fax: 716-845-7565

Erie County Surrogate’s Court Phone Number Directory

Department Phone Number
Main Number Phone: 716-845-2560
Fax: 716-845-7565
General Information Phone: 716-845-2599
Fax: 716-845-7566
Guardianship Department  Phone: 716-845-2124
Fax: 716-845-7567
Adoption Department  716-845-2564
Court Records 716-845-2583
Part 36 Clerk  716-845-2565

Directions to Erie County Surrogate’s Court

Enter your starting address:

Car: Take Route 190 to the Buffalo Skyway, turn to Church Street.

Rail: Buffalo, New York Exchange Street station.

Light Rail: Church Street Station.

Transportation: Metro Rail, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, VIA Rail.

Hours of Work for Erie County Surrogate’s Court

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.

Judge of Erie County Surrogate’s Court

Erie County Surrogate Court Judge Acea M. Mosey

Honorable Acea M. Mosey.

Phone: 716-845-2560 

amosey@nycourts.gov

Judge Mosey has been the Erie County Surrogate’s Court judge since the year 2017. She has previously served the people of Erie County as the Commissioner of the Water Authority and as a practicing estate attorney.

Judge Mosey has a staff of clerks who help her analyze cases and conduct pre-trial, scheduling and settlement conferences.

Chief Clerk
Kathleen A. Downing, Esq.
Phone: 716-845-2568
Fax: 716-845-7565
kdowning@nycourts.gov

Chief Court Attorney

Joseph A. Shifflett, Esq.
Phone: 716-845-9454
Fax: 716-845-7564
jshiffle@nycourts.gov 
Deputy Chief Clerk
Jamila A. Lee, Esq.
Phone: 716-845-2572
Fax: 716-845-7565
jalee@nycourts.gov

Erie County Surrogate’s Court E-Filing

E-Filing Training handout material

NYS Courts Electronic Filing (NYSCEF) website 

Erie County County Surrogate’s Court Departments

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

Erie County Probate – Erie County Surrogate’s Court handles estate proceedings involving a will. That’s why some people call it “Erie 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 Erie 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.

Erie County Estate Administration – Erie County Surrogate Court 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.

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

Erie County Guardianship – Erie 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)

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

Erie County Accountings – Erie 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 – Erie County Surrogate’s Court 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 Erie 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 Erie County Surrogate’s Court, and either a return stamped envelope or your email address to receive the information.

Erie 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.

Erie County Miscellaneous Proceedings – Erie 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 an Erie 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.

Updates from the Court

Update from Erie County Surrogate’s Court
May 18, 2017

Update from Erie County Surrogate’s Court
April 17, 2017

If you need representation in the Erie County Surrogate’s Court, call Albert Goodwin, Esq., New York estate, guardianship, wills, trust and probate lawyer, at (212) 233-1233. He can possibly take on select Erie County estate cases.

Surrogate Court

The Surrogate Court is a court that deals with matters relating to people who died, as well as guardianships and adoptions.

The Surrogate Court issues Letters Testamentary and Letters of Administration, which appoint a person to be in charge of an estate and lets that person marshall the property of the estate, pay the debts of the estate and distribute the property to the heirs of the person who died.

The court also deals with disputes that arise in the course of estates, such as the validity of a will, the appropriateness of the executor and the financial state of the estate.

Queens County Surrogate's Court

Because the Surrogate Court deals with so many different types of matters, it has various departments dedicated to those matters specifically.

The Probate Department of the Surrogate Court – Surrogate Court handles estate proceedings involving a will. That’s why some people call it “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 Surrogate 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 – Surrogate Court 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 – deals with Certificates, Certifications, and Record Searches.

Guardianship – Surrogate 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  – Surrogate Court also handles adoptions, whether of regular adoptions, step-parent and family adoptions and adoptions from foreign countries, involving both infants and older children.

Accountings  – Surrogate’s 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.

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

Record Room – Surrogate’s Court 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 the 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 the appropriate County Surrogate’s Court, and either a return stamped envelope or your email address to receive the information.

Miscellaneous Proceedings – 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 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.

Here’s more about Surrogate Courts in the New York metropolitan area and its surrounding areas:

New York

Brooklyn

Queens

The Bronx

Staten Island

Nassau

Suffolk

Westchester

If you need an attorney for Surrogate Court, call Albert Goodwin, Esq., a New York estate, guardianship, wills, trust and probate lawyer with over a decade of experience.

Westchester County Surrogate’s Court: Information and Insights

Westchester County Surrogate’s Court Address

111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 19th floor
White Plains, NY 10601

Main Phone: 914-824-5656

Fax: 914-358-8042

Directions to Westchester County Surrogate’s Court

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Directions: By car, get to the Bronx River Parkway, White Plains Exit, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Station towards White Plains

Transportation: Metro-North Railroad

The courtroom, clerks and the various departments are of the Westchester County Surrogate’s Court are located on the 19th floor of the Richard J. Doronco Westchester County Courthouse.

Hours of Work for Westchester County Surrogate’s Court

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

Some of the clerks can 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.

Judge of Westchester County Surrogate’s Court

Honorable Brandon R. Sall. Judge Sall has been the Westchester County Surrogate’s Court judge since the year 2015.

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

Chief Clerk
Johanna K. O’Brien

Westchester County County Surrogate’s Court Departments

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

Westchester County Probate – Westchester County Surrogate’s Court handles estate proceedings involving a will. That’s why some people mistakenly call it “Westchester 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 Westchester 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 go on a contested track.

Westchester County Estate Administration – Westchester County Surrogate Court 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.

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

Westchester County Guardianship – Westchester 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 illness (this is known as Mental Health Law Article 81 guardianships)

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

Westchester County Accountings – Westchester 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 – Westchester County Surrogate’s Court 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 Westchester 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 Westchester County Surrogate’s Court, and either a return stamped envelope or your email address to receive the information.

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

Westchester County Miscellaneous Proceedings – Westchester 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 Westchester 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 representation in the Westchester County Surrogate’s Court, call Albert Goodwin, Esq., New York estate, guardianship, wills, trust and probate lawyer.

Richmond County Surrogate’s Court, Staten Island Information

Richmond County Surrogate’s Court Address

18 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

Main Phone: 718-675-8500

Fax: (718) 390-8741

Richmond County Surrogate’s Phone 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 for Richmond County Surrogate’s Court

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:

Richmond County Probate – Richmond County Surrogate’s Court 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.

Richmond County Estate Administration – Richmond County Surrogate Court, Staten Island 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.

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

Richmond County 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)

Richmond County 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.

Richmond County 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 – Richmond County Surrogate’s Court 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 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. 

Queens County Surrogate’s Court Information

Queens County Surrogate’s Court Address

88-11 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11435

Main Phone: 718-298-0500

Queens County Surrogate's Court

Queens County Surrogate’s Court Department Phone Directory

The preferred policy of the Queens County Surrogate’s Court is to not discuss the specifics of a case over the phone. They prefer to use email.

Department Phone Number Email Address
Miscellaneous 718-298-0438 qnssurr-misc@nycourts.gov
Accounting 718-298-0432 qnssurr-acct@nycourts.gov
Guardianship/Adoption 718-298-0426 qnssurr-guard@nycourts.gov
Probate 718-298-0436 qnssurr-probate@nycourts.gov
Administration/Small Estates 718-298-0434 qnssurr-admin@nycourts.gov
Calendar Clerk 718-298-1801
Records 718-298-0440 qnssurr-records@nycourts.gov
Cashier 718-298-0446
Help Center qnssurr-helpcenter@nycourts.gov

Directions to Queens County Surrogate’s Court

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Subway:  F, E and J trains to Sutphin Boulevard

LIRR:  Jamaica Station stop

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

Hours of Work for Queens County Surrogate Court

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

All departments are closed from 1 to 2 for lunch break.

Some clerks may leave early at the end of the day. Filings towards the end of the day is not a good idea, especially on a Friday.

The court is closed on all state holidays.

Judge of Queens County Surrogate’s Court

Judge Peter J. Kelly Queens County Surrogate's Court

Hon. Peter J. Kelly. Judge Kelly has been the Queens County Surrogate’s Court judge since the year 2011. He is a tough but fair judge, and will not tolerate nonsense.

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

Chief Clerk
James Lim Becker

Queens County County Surrogate Court Departments

Queens County Surrogate’s Court deals through its various departments with the following matters:

Queens County Probate – Queens County Surrogate’s Court handles estate proceedings involving a will. That’s why some people call it “Queens 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 Queens 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 go on a contested track.

Queens County Estate Administration – Queens County Surrogate’s Court 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.

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

Queens County Guardianship – Queens County Surrogate 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 illness (this is known as Mental Health Law Article 81 guardianships)

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

Queens County Accountings – Queens County Surrogate’s 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.

Queens 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.

Record Room – Queens County Surrogate’s Court 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 Queens 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 Queens County Surrogate’s Court, and either a return stamped envelope or your email address to receive the information.

Queens County Miscellaneous Proceedings – Queens 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 Queens 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 Queens 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.