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All Middlesex County buildings will remain closed to the general public until further notice due to COVID-19. Only select County services are available on an appointment basis.
September 23, 2021 County Commissioner Meeting Notice: Due to the severe weather warning the meeting will now take place virtually; click here for more details.


Information offered through the Office of the Surrogate.


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. 

The Duties Of The Surrogate Are:
-Probate Wills 
-Process adoptions
-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

You May Also Be Interested In:
Instructions for Probate During Covid


Court Appointed Guardian Video Tutorial

Out of State Executor/Administrator   

Estate Information Sheet​

Minor Guardianship Information Sheet​​​

Surrogate Fees

Surrogate Forms and Booklets

Surrogate Glossary-of-Terms


Surrogate Satellite Offices

Search Records


Your Will

Advance Directive Booklet

About Wills and Adoptions    ​​​

Claribel Cortes Middlesex County Surrogate Contact me


Office of the Surrogate
Middlesex County 
Administration Building, 1st Floor
75 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 745-3055
Fax: (732) 745-4125

Mailing Address:
Middlesex County Surrogate Court
PO Box 790
New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Office Hours 
Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 4:15 pm


Directions and Parking


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