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401 Grand St. Paterson, NJ 07505 | (973) 881-4000
"Rich History, Bright Future"

Frequently Asked Questions

1)  What is your Address and Hours?

We are located at:

71 Hamilton Street , Room 101
Paterson, NJ 07505

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Our Hours of Operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


2) 
How do I probate a Will?

If you are named as an executor in a Will, visit the Surrogate's Office in the County in which the decedent resided. Bring with you:

1.      A death certificate with a raised seal.
2.      The original Will.
3.      Names and addresses of next-of-kin.

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3) 
Someone passed away but they didn’t have a will. What should I do?

When a person dies intestate, or without having a Will, the Surrogate must decide who will administer the estate. If you are the closest living relative of the decedent, you should visit the Surrogate's Office to make application for administration of the Estate.

Bring with you:

1.      A death certificate with raised seal.
2.      Names and addresses of next-of-kin.
3.      An estimate of the value of the decedent's estate.

There will be a minimum $125.00 Administration fee. Be prepared to make arrangements with a Surety Company for a bond, if necessary.

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4) 
I need to change the title of a car. How do I do this?

 If there is no Will, and the decedent is survived by a spouse/ Next of Kin, and the estate is under $50,000.00 and held in the decedent's name alone and not held jointly with a living person, a "Surviving Spouse" of “Next of Kin” affidavit can be issued by the Surrogate. This is the document you bring to the DMV.

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5) 
Can I get a copy of a will?

To request a copy of a will, the first step is to request an estate search of our records. To request an estate search, send us:


1) A written request
2) A check for $10 made payable to the Passaic County Surrogate Court
3) A self addressed stamped envelope  

Our mailing address is:
Passaic County Surrogate Court
71 Hamilton Street, Room 101
Paterson, NJ 07505


6) 
How can I get more certificates?

To obtain a new certificate, send us:

1) A written request
2) A check for $5 made payable to the Passaic County Surrogate Court
3) A self addressed stamped envelope 

Our mailing address is:
Passaic County Surrogate Court
71 Hamilton Street, Room 101
Paterson, NJ 07505


7) 
How can I search to see if there is an estate on record with your office?

You can either search our index to see if we have anything  recorded for that estate, or you can visit our searching vault during regular office hours.


8)  I want to be a guardian for someone that is Incapacitated. How can I do this?

Adults are declared incapacitated in Superior Court by way of an Order to Show Cause, Verified Complaint and certain required affidavits. The Court will appoint an independent attorney to represent the alleged incapacitated person. A report is generated and a plenary hearing may be required.

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10) How do I obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

Certified copies of death certificates are available from Local Registrars for the municipality where the death occurred.


11) Where Can I Get the "Annual Report of Guardian" Form?

The Annual Report of Guardian must be filed yearly on the anniversary date of a guardian's appointment, unless the judge specified otherwise on the date of appointment.  Guardianship reporting forms and instructions are provided at the state Judiciary website. Visit http://njcourts.gov/courts/civil/guardianship.html, Guardianship Reporting Forms section for the most current forms and instructions.