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Important Notice

In an effort to protect the health and welfare of the residents of Morris County from the ongoing public health crisis surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Morris County Surrogate’s Office has suspended in-person applications until further notice.

Our office will continue to provide service via phone (973-285-6500), fax (973-829-8599), email ([email protected]), and regular mail (Morris County Surrogate Court, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963-0900).

All search inquiries should be directed to our online index.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience. Please continue to practice social distancing (remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining a distance of approximately 6 feet from others), washing and sanitizing hands, and avoid touching your eye,s nose, and mouth with dirty hands.

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Important Notices

Any fees must be paid by cash or check only. The Surrogate’s Court does not accept credit cards.

The Morris County Surrogate’s Court does not give legal advice.

Heather DarlingAbout the Morris County Surrogate’s Court

A surrogate is a judicial officer, elected by the people, having jurisdiction over the probate of wills, the administration of estates, and more.

Surrogate Heather Darling was first elected to serve the residents of Morris County in 2019. Each term of office is five years. The full title of the office is “Judge of the Surrogate Court.”

Learn more about the Surrogate Court, and contact us with your questions.