Probate of a Will
Under New Jersey law, the Surrogate admits Wills to probate, which means that the will is proved to have been executed in the manner required by law. If you are named as an executor in a Will, you should 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.
In order to prove the decedent's signature, one witness who signed the will must appear at the Surrogate's Office. In the case of the Will having a "self-proving" affidavit, no witness is required to appear.
There will be a minimum probate fee of $100.00 for a Will of two pages with one Surrogate's Certificate. Additional Surrogate Certificates are available for $5 each. No two estates are identical, so procedure and costs vary.
The necessary certificates upon probate of a will cannot be issued by the Surrogate until at least 11 days after the date of death. However, the executor or executrix may come to the Surrogate's Court to handle the paperwork required at any time, after death, regardless of the waiting time.
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Renunciation of Executor
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.