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 J. Darling, Esq., 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.”
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.
Download A Citizen’s Guide to Wills, Trusts, and Estates(PDF, 2MB).
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.
March 19 "Surrogate Session:" Watch the recording!
November 13 “Surrogate Session:” Watch the recording!
Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling dedicated her monthly Surrogate’s Session to how to help people burdened by Alzheimer’s and offer caregivers and families access to resources that may offer peace of mind. Watch the recording below:
October 23 “Surrogate Session:” Watch the recording!
Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling continued the series of virtual “Surrogate’s Sessions” she launched in September, with the second session on October 23 entitled, “What should an Executor Know.”
September 24 “Surrogate Session:” Watch the recording!
The Surrogate Sessions are designed to provide Morris County residents with information on pertinent topics related to wills, estates, trusts, and probate matters. They will also detail improvements in Surrogate’s Office procedures that are making it easier for clients to get their issues handled.
Watch the Surrogate Session from September 24: