COVID-19 Update

Out of abundance of caution and for the protection of the Essex County community and employees, our office is closed to the public until further notice. If you have any questions please call us at 973-621-4901.

All searches must be done via mail by utilizing the NJ Judiciary Record Request Form. The cost per search is $10.00. Please include a check or money order payable to the Surrogate of Essex County.

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