COVID-19 Update: We're back!

Starting on June 30th, the Essex County Surrogate's Office is open to the public. All visitors must enter through the Veterans Courthouse where they will be subject to mandatory temperature checks. All visitors must use hand sanitizer at designated locations. Visitors must also wear a mask at all times and maintain social distance requirements while in the building.

Adult Guardianship

The Adult Guardianship process occurs when an individual, usually a loved one, is appointed to manage the affairs of a person who is no longer able to because of declining mental and/or physical abilities such as a developmental disability, Alzheimer’s disease, a coma, etc. Our role is to educate people on this process, perform the initial review of the legal documents to ensure compliance with relevant laws and rules, and schedule the hearings.

Once a Superior Court judge declares an individual incapacitated and appoints a guardian, we are responsible for qualifying that guardian. Guardianship records are confidential and are not public records.

Overview of Cost

These prices are general and may not cover the extent of your situation.
Visit our office to learn more about the pricing and costs associated with these processes.

  • Incapacitated Guardianship
    $200.00
  • Cost of Motion
    $15.00
  • Cross Motion
    $30.00
  • Answer
    $110.00