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.

Surrogate’s Intermingled Trust Funds

In New Jersey, if a minor—a person under 18—inherits money or receives funds as a result of a lawsuit, those funds are generally placed in a trust fund managed by the Surrogate’s Court until the minor reaches the age of majority—over 18 years old.

A guardian of the person and property must be appointed by the Superior Court or Surrogate’s Court to open a minor’s account with Surrogate’s Court.


If you have any questions about which forms are needed for your situation, please call or visit us at our office.

Surrogate’s Intermingled Trust Funds