About Us

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

Surrogate John Pecoraro was first elected to serve the residents of Morris County in 1994. Each term of office is five years. The full title of the office is “Judge of the Surrogate Court.”

What is Surrogate Court?

The function of the Judge of the Morris County Surrogate Court includes:

  • administering wills, estates, guardianships, and trusts for Morris County residents
  • serving as clerk of the Superior Court
  • assisting activities ranging from adoptions to incompetency matters
  • managing the Minors’ Intermingled Trust Fund and holding, as custodian, approximately $25 million in that fund for Morris County minors

While the Surrogate’s Court is technologically up to date, microfilm read-printers are available for reading or reproducing original wills and other relevant probate documents.

You can find more information about the history, the people who work here, and the services that we offer, on our page About Us