The word “Surrogate” means one who takes the place of another. Each county has a Surrogate’s Court, with the Surrogate acting as the Judge of that court. The Surrogate is elected for a term of five years pursuant to the Constitution of New Jersey.
The Surrogate’s Court is almost certain to touch the lives of every person in the county at some time.
Click here to view Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios’ interview with Middlesex County Surrogate Kevin Hoagland about the duties and responsibilities of the Surrogate Court and how the Surrogate’s Office helps to serve the residents.
The Duties Of The Surrogate Are:
-Process contested probate matters
-Process alleged incompetents
-Film and record all probate proceedings
-Invest minors’ funds
-Appoint guardians of minors
-Administration of estates without wills
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