How do I get started with an estate matter?
The person that is named in the Last Will and Testament as Executor, or wishes to be appointed to represent the Estate, will bring a certified copy of the death certificate and the original Will. While the Surrogate can begin the paperwork anytime after death, probate cannot be completed until the eleventh day after the date of death and with original documents. Please contact the Surrogate's Office at (609) 463-6666 for further information.

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1. How do I get started with an estate matter?
2. Do all wills have to be probated?
3. Do my survivors have to pay inheritance tax?
4. Must I engage an attorney to probate a Will?
5. Does the State of New Jersey take my assets if I die without a will?
6. What do I need to bring to the Surrogate Court to handle an estate?
7. Is it expensive to probate a Will?
8. What happens if I do not have a Will?
9. Where should I keep my original Will?
10. Can I change my Will by writing on it?
11. My grandmother wrote her last wishes on an envelope before she died. Is this considered a Will?
12. What does escheat mean?
13. Is there a way to find out if the State of New Jersey has money that I may be entitled to?
14. I have a special needs child. How do I become their guardian when they turn 18 years old?
15. How do I adopt my new spouse's childen?