Probate a Will
Make an in-person appointment by calling 973-285-6500. COVID guidelines will be followed and advised when making the appointment
Documents you must bring include:
- Certified Death Certificate
- Original Will with any codicils
- Payment (By cash or check)
You can now file online using eProbate. Visit the eProbate website to submit your information.
Once the information is processed, you will be contacted by a Probate Clerk from the Morris County Surrogate’s Office.
Please note that since you are sending original documents, please send so that the package can be tracked either certified mail or overnight mail.
Morris County Surrogate
10 Court Street
Morristown, NJ 07963-0900
- Certified Copy of the Death Certificate, and
- Original Will with any Codicils
What does probate mean?
Probating a will refers to the legal process through which the authenticity of a will is established. Once probated, a will becomes a permanent part of the county records.
How do I probate a will?
Upon death, there are certain steps to be taken to ensure the smooth probate of a will.
- Locate the decedent’s original will.
- Present a correct death certificate with raised seal, names and addresses of persons named in the will, and the names and addresses of all next of kin to the Surrogate Court. If the will is self-proving, it can be probated within a very short time. If the will is not self-proving, one of the witnesses to the will must come to the Surrogate Court or present proof of their signature.
- Within sixty days of the will’s probate, the executor shall notify all the heirs and beneficiaries named in the will, with proof sent to the Surrogate’s Court.
The Social Security Office, Veterans’ Administration and employer of the decedent also should be contacted to determine any benefits due the decedent.
What to bring to Surrogate Court when probating a will
- A certified copy of a death certificate;
- An original will.*
- Please be advised that there are Court costs to probating a will. You are advised to bring at least $200 in check or cash to Court.
* If an original will cannot be located, the will, to be admitted to probate, must be formally admitted through proceedings in Superior Court.
B. If the decedent dies without a will:
- A certified death certificate;
- Renunciations, if applicable, from parties not willing to serve as administrator.
A Surrogate Certificate is a document confirming that the will has been probated, and an Executor/Administrator has been appointed.
Call 973-285-6500 for an updated Surrogate Certificate.