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.

About Us
The Essex County Surrogate’s Office

Our office exists primarily to serve as a resource for Essex County residents throughout a number of life transitions. Surrogate Alturrick Kenney is a Constitutional Officer with the role of both Judge of Probate Court and Deputy Clerk of the Superior Court of Chancery Division, Probate Part. What this means is that our office’s primary duties include:

  • Handling the validation of Wills
  • Recording Wills as public documents
  • Appointing administrators to manage the affairs of people who die without Wills
  • Processing requests, complaints, and legal documents for
    • Adult guardianship
    • Will contests
    • Formal accounting
    • Safekeeping of minors’ trust accounts
  • Maintaining Surrogate’s Court records from the 1700s to the present
  • Managing other Wills and estate matters

Ultimately, our goal is to empower you to make the right decisions for your life and your family during these crucial life transitions. You may also want to consider seeking legal advice for some of the more complex processes. The Surrogate’s Court cannot recommend attorneys, but if you need assistance finding one, you may contact one of the following: