FAQ: What is Surrogate’s Court?

Definition of SURROGATE’S COURT: (noun) / a specialized court that deals with probate and administration of estates, certain types of guardianships, and certain types of adoptions; also known as “probate court”

The New York State Surrogate’s Court hears cases involving the affairs of decedents, the probate of wills, and the administration of estates.  Adoptions are also processed through the Surrogate’s Court.  Who is the Surrogate? A Surrogate is a specific type of judge.  It refers to the judge who hears cases in Surrogate’s Court.

New York County (Manhattan)

Hon. Nora S. Anderson
Hon. Rita Mella
31 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
Diana Sanabria
Chief Clerk
646-386-5000
Jana Cohn
Deputy Chief Clerk

Bronx County

Hon. Nelida Malave-Gonzalez
12th Judicial District
851 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
Elix R. Madera-Fliegelman
Chief Clerk
718-618-2300

Queens County

Hon. Peter Kelly
88-11 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11435
James Lim Becker
Chief Clerk
718-298-0500
Janet Tucker
Deputy Chief Clerk

Kings County (Brooklyn)

Hon. Harriet L. Thompson
Hon. Margarita Lopez Torres
2 Johnson Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Doreen A. Quinn
Chief Clerk
347-404-9700

Richmond County (Staten Island)

Hon. Matthew J. Titone
18 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Ronald M. Cerrachio
Chief Clerk
718-675-8500
Jane E. Stilwell
Deputy Chief Clerk

Westchester County

Hon. Brandon R. Sall                      Hon. Helen M. Blackwood,        Acting Surrogate
111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 19th Floor                                    White Plains, NY 10601

Johanna K. O'Brien
Chief Clerk
914-824-5656
Eugene Yates
Deputy Chief Clerk

Suffolk County (Long Island)

Hon. Theresa Whelan
320 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901
Michael Cipollino
Chief Clerk
631-852-1729

Do You Need Legal Help Regarding Probate Issues In The New York Metro Area?

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