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SURROGATE’S COURT GUIDE - NEW YORK'S PROBATE COURTS

There is a Surrogate’s Court located in each County of New York State.


The court deals with all types of matters related to decedents and their estates. It also handles certain types of guardianship proceedings and adoptions.


Examples of matters that may be heard by the Surrogate’s Court:


Probate - Prove the validity of a decedent’s last will and testament and appoint the executor of the estate (issuance of Letters Testamentary).  Contest the validity of a will.


Administration - If the person died without a Will, an Administration proceeding is the process thorough which a person is appointed to collect and distribute asset. Also known as an intestate proceeding (issuance of Letters of Administration).

Voluntary Administration - (small estate administration) A simplified process of settling the estate of a decedent whose assets, in the decedent’s name alone, do not exceed $30,000 in value. Voluntary Letters of Administration cannot be used to administer real property.


Accounting - if required, the fiduciary of an estate or trust files an accounting of his or her acts with the Surrogate’s Court and asks that they be discharged from further liability.


Guardianship - the court presides over two types of guardianships:

  1. Appointment of a guardian of a minor’s (child under 18 years of age) person, and/or of his or her property.
  2. Appointment of a guardian over a mentally-retarded person or over a developmentally disabled individual person and/or property. There is no age restriction under this provision.


Adoptions - the Surrogate’s court handles the following matters:

  1. Infant adoptions arranged directly between the parties or with the aid of a private adoption agency.
  2. Step-parent adoptions where the new partner or spouse adopts in conjunction with the birth or prior adoptive parent.
  3. Family adoptions (e.g., adoption by grandparent(s) or other family members).
  4. Adult adoptions where the person to be adopted is over the age of 18.
  5. Foreign adoptions - usually foreign countries finalize adoptions before the new parents and child(ren) return to the U.S. While it is not required to do a re-adoption, adoptive parents may consider the benefit of a U.S. birth certificate being issued for the child.


Miscellaneous Proceedings - the court presides over various types of estate and trust litigation. For example: compelling a fiduciary to account; removal of a fiduciary, surcharge a fiduciary for improper acts, setting legal fees, determine spouse’s right of election, will and trust construction, etc.

Surrogate’s Courts:

Nassau County

Suffolk County

New York County

Queens County

Kings County

Bronx County

Richmond County

Court Filing Fees

Nassau County Surrogate’s Court

262 Old Country Road

Mineola, New York 11501

Main (516) 493-3800

Fax (516) 571-2997

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Handles all types of matters related to decedents who resided in the County of Nassau when they died or, in the case of guardianships or adoptions, of persons who currently reside in the county.

SURROGATE (JUDGE): HON. EDWARD W. McCARTY, III


Law Clerk: Lori A. Sullivan, Esq.  (516) 493-3801


Secretary: Kim DeRosa  (516) 493-3801


Chief Clerk’s Office


Chief Clerk: Michael J. Murphy  (516) 493-3805

Secretary: Joanne Freeman  (516) 493-3805

The Surrogate’s Court is located on the 3rd floor of the Nassau County Court House. For detailed driving and/or public transport directions to the court, enter your address below:

Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court

320 Center Drive

Riverhead, New York 11901

(631) 852-1746

SURROGATE (JUDGE): HON. JOHN M. CZYGIER, JR.


Law Clerk: Brette A. Haefeli, Esq.


Secretary: John R. Kilgallen


Chief Clerk’s Office


Chief Clerk: Michael Cipollino

New York County (Manhattan) Surrogate’s Court

31 Chambers Street

New York, New York 10007

(646) 386-5000

SURROGATE: HON. NORA S. ANDERSON

SURROGATE: HON. RITA MELLA


Chief Clerk’s Office


Chief Clerk: Diana Sanabria

Deputy Chief Clerk: Jana Cohn

Queens County Surrogate’s Court

88-11 Sutphin Boulevard

Jamaica, New York 11435

718-298-0400

SURROGATE: HON. PETER J. KELLY


Chief Clerk’s Office   (718) 298-0400/0500


Chief Clerk: Margaret M. Gribbon

Deputy Chief Clerk: James L. Becker    

Kings County (Brooklyn) Surrogate’s Court

2 Johnson Street

Brooklyn, New York 11201

347-404-9700

SURROGATE: HON. DIANA A. JOHNSON

SURROGATE: HON. MARGARITA LÓPEZ TORRES


Chief Clerk’s Office


Chief Clerk: Doreen A. Quinn   

Richmond County (Staten Island) Surrogate’s Court

18 Richmond Terrace

Staten Island, NY 10301

718-675-8500

SURROGATE: HON. ROBERT J. GIGANTE


Chief Clerk’s Office


Chief Clerk: Ronald M. Cerrachio

Deputy Chief Clerk: Jane E. Stilwell


Bronx County Surrogate’s Court

851 Grand Concourse, Room 317

Bronx, NY 10451

718-618-2300

SURROGATE: HON. NELIDA MALAVE-GONZALEZ


Chief Clerk’s Office


Chief Clerk: Michael P. Hausler

Deputy Chief Clerk: Earnestine Glover


Surrogate’s Court Filing Fees

The filing fees shown below apply to all Surrogate’s Courts throughout the State of New York.

The fees for filing a petition for probate, administration or accounting are calculated on the gross estate passing by will or intestacy, as follows:

For filing a petition to commence the following proceedings, the fee is as indicated:

Fee for filing:

This Web site is not affiliated with the Surrogate’s Courts of New York State or the New York Unified Court System. The information on this Web page is provided for the convenience of our visitors.

Source: New York Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act §2402

Contact Information


Main Office:

100 Garden City Plaza, Suite 300

Garden City, NY 11530

(516) 780-0281

(631) 944-8034

(718) 360-9014

2014 Court Holidays

May 26 - Memorial Day

July 04 - Independence Day

September 01 - Labor Day

October 13 - Columbus Day

November 04 - Election Day

November 11 - Veterans Day

November 27 - Thanksgiving Day

December 25 - Christmas Day

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(516) 493-3791

(516) 493-3777

(516) 493-3781

(516) 493-3784

(516) 493-3811

(516) 493-3818

(516) 493-3794

(516) 493-3828

(516) 493-3788

(516) 493-3772

(516) 493-3821

(516) 493-3779

(800) 622-2522

Accounting

Administration

Adoption

Calendar

Cashier

Certificates

Guardianship

Law department

Miscellaneous

Probate

Records room

Small estates

Tech help desk

Department Directory

Handles all types of matters related to decedents who resided in the County of Suffolk when they died or, in the case of guardianships or adoptions, of persons who currently reside in the county.

For detailed driving and/or public transport directions to the court, enter your address below:

631-852-1720

631-852-1713

631-852-1730

631-852-1735

631-852-1749

631-852-1739

631-852-1725

631-852-1724

Accounting

Administration / Small Estate

Cashier

Guardianship

Law department

Miscellaneous

Probate

Records room

Department Directory

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Handles all types of matters related to decedents who resided in the County of New York when they died or, in the case of guardianships or adoptions, of persons who currently reside in the county.

For detailed driving and/or public transport directions to the court, enter your address below:

(646) 386-5002

(646) 386-5005

(646) 386-5003

(646) 386-5001

(646) 386-5006

(646) 386-5800

(646) 386-5004

(646) 386-5090

Accounting

Administration - Small Estates

Guardianship - Adoption

Misc. - Calendar Clerk

Cashier - Certifications

Law department

Probate

Records Search

Department Directory

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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

Bus: M-15, M-9

2014 Court Calendar

Mail: accounting_general@courts.state.ny.us Mail: administration_general@courts.state.ny.us Mail: administration_general@courts.state.ny.us Mail: misc_general@courts.state.ny.us Mail: cashier_general@courts.state.ny.us Mail: probate_general@courts.state.ny.us Mail: recordroom_general@courts.state.ny.us

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Handles all types of matters related to decedents who resided in the County of Queens when they died or, in the case of guardianships or adoptions, of persons who currently reside in the county.

The Queens Surrogate’s Court is located on the 6th and 7th floors of the Supreme Court Building. For detailed driving and/or public transport directions to the court, enter your address below:

718-298-0436

718-298-0434

718-298-0432

718-298-0426/28

718-298-0438

718-298-1801

718-298-0440

718-298-0446

Probate

Administration - Small Estates

Accounting

Guardianship/Adoption

Miscellaneous Petitions

Calendar

Records

Cashier

Department Directory

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Important: all departments are closed between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM

Issues Letters Testamentary (Will Cases)

Letters of Administration - Voluntary Letters

Filings of judicial accountings



Court scheduling



Subway:  F, E and J trains to Sutphin Boulevard

LIRR:  Jamaica Station stop

Bus:  Numerous buses stop in the vicinity - visit the MTA website for more information

2014 Court Calendar

Mail: qnssurr-probate@nycourts.gov Mail: qnssurr-admin@nycourts.gov Mail: qnssurr-acct@nycourts.gov Mail: qnssurr-guard@nycourts.gov Mail: qnssurr-misc@nycourts.gov Mail: qnssurr-records@nycourts.gov

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Mail: QNSSURR-CALENDAR@nycourts.gov

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Handles all types of matters related to decedents who resided in the County of Kings when they died or, in the case of guardianships or adoptions, of persons who currently reside in the county.

The Kings Surrogate’s Court is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Supreme Court Building. For detailed driving and/or public transport directions to the court, enter your address below:

347-404-9670

347-404-9690

347-404-9685

347-404-9664

347-404-9680

347-404-9733

347-404-9660

347-404-9700

Probate

Administration - Small Estates

Accounting

Guardianship

Miscellaneous Petitions

Guardian Accounts

Adoption

Law Department

Department Directory

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Issues Letters Testamentary (Will Cases)

Letters of Administration - Voluntary Letters

Filings of judicial accountings






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

Bus:  Numerous buses stop in the vicinity - visit the MTA website for more information

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Handles all types of matters related to decedents who resided in the County of Richmond when they died or, in the case of guardianships or adoptions, of persons who currently reside in the county.

The Richmond Surrogate’s Court is located in the Supreme Court Building. For detailed driving and/or public transport directions to the court, enter your address below:

718-675-8500

718-675-8510/11

718-675-8508


General Clerk’s Office

Guardianship

Help Center

Department Directory

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Courthouse is located opposite the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Supervising Court Attorney: Jerry M. Judin

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Handles all types of matters related to decedents who resided in the County of Bronx when they died or, in the case of guardianships or adoptions, of persons who currently reside in the county.

The Bronx Surrogate’s Court is located in the Supreme Court Building. For detailed driving and/or public transport directions to the court, enter your address below:

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

SUBWAY: The Yankee Stadium Subway stop at 161st  Street and River Avenue is located three blocks east of the Bronx Supreme Courthouse located at 161st  at Grand Concourse . The Courthouse is conveniently reached by several subway lines. The No. 4 train, as well as the B (weekdays only) and D trains make stops at 161st  Street/Yankee Stadium. Metro North train service to Connecticut and Westchester County is available at the 125th Street subway stop.


BUSES: Several New York Transit Authority Bus Lines provide convenient service to the Bronx Supreme Courthouse. The BX 6, BX 13 and BX 55 buses stop at 161st St./Grand Concourse, in front of the building. The BxM4 express bus service from Manhattan stops at 161st Street / Grand Concourse.

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Application of fiduciary to resign

Suspend powers-fiduciary in war

Compel production of will

Construction of will

Determination of right of election

Appointment of trustee

Release against state

Appointment of guardian

Open safe deposit box

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Proceedings by fiduciary to discover property

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