Administration of an Estate
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 & 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.
Your right to act as an Administrator is defined by the law in the following relationship order:
First: Spouse of the decedent.
Second: Children of the decedent.
Third: Parents of the decedent.
Fourth: Brothers and sisters of the decedent.
No appointment is needed to file for administration. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This can also be done at one of our Night Court locations. Click here for more information.
Night Court locations are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (973) 881-4760 ext. 1200.