Do you need to probate a will or administer an estate? We will help you through that process.
On behalf of the Surrogate’s Court, please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. We will make every effort to make this process as easy as possible during this most difficult time in your life.
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.
If there is not a will, this process is called administration of an estate.
During the probate/administration process, you'll need to provide:
- a certified death certificate
- an original will (and any codicils, if applicable)
- If there is no will, you will need to provide a list of any assets solely in the decedent’s name with no beneficiary named (such as stocks, bonds bank accounts, automobiles, real estate, etc.
- identification (such as a driver's license or passport)
If there is no will, a Surety Bond - also known as Administration and Executor bonds, or Probate Bonds for the Administrator(s) of the estate - may be required.
This bond generally guarantees that all the estate debts will be satisfied and that the remaining assets will be properly distributed to the appropriate heirs. Bond amounts are determined by the Surrogate’s Court and may range in amount and cost. Amounts are usually based on the value of the estate; other factors may be considered.
- Probating a will: fees start at $100
- Administrating an estate (if there is no will): fees start at $120
We accept credit card, cash, or check payments.
Additional fees may include (for example): the number of pages in a Will, the request for additional certificates, Renunciations, Disclaimers, the number of Executors for an Estate.
Detailed list of services and fees: Fees-Morris-County(PDF, 103KB)
The Probate/Administration process cannot be completed until 10 days after the date of death due to New Jersey State Law.
If you need additional help or documents from the Surrogate’s Office, such as a Surrogate Certificate (a document confirming that the will has been probated, and an Executor/Administrator has been appointed), please call us at 973-285-6500.