Effective June 15, 2020
Both the Atlantic City and Mays Landing offices are available
to serve you by phone, email or U.S. Mail
Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM.
(No in-person contact is permitted at this time.)
Documents may be submitted through the use of
our secured drop boxes available at each location.
Please call ahead to alert staff prior to their use.
We will make all necessary arrangements to address your needs for probate,
guardianship, adoption, or other matters under the Surrogate's jurisdiction.
Welcome to the Atlantic County Surrogate’s Court. We have two offices to serve you:
5911 Main Street
Mays Landing NJ 08330
1201 Bacharach Blvd. 2nd Floor
Atlantic City NJ 08401
Emergent Matters: (609) 705-2572
James Curcio, Surrogate/Judge
About the Surrogate’s Court
The Surrogate’s Court is a Department of County Government as well as a branch of the Superior Court of New Jersey, in the Chancery Division. The Surrogate is a Constitutional Officer who is elected to the position every five years. The Surrogate serves as Deputy Clerk of the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Probate Part as well as Judge of the Surrogate’s Court.
Surrogate is a historic title carried forward from colonial times. A “Surrogate” is one who “takes the place of another.” The County Surrogate actually takes the place of the Governor, who received authority from the Archbishop of London in 1710 to probate wills, issue marriage licenses and perform functions that were the province of the Church.
Today, the main function of the Surrogate is to probate wills and appoint administrators of estates. Additionally, as Clerk of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Probate Part, the Surrogate reviews and files actions for contested estates, adoptions, declaration of death, appointment of guardian for incapacitated persons, trustees and conservators, and formal accountings. The Surrogate’s Court also invests and maintains minor’s trust funds.
Records of all wills and other estate administration documents are filed in the Surrogate court. The records of the Surrogate Court are available for inspection by title searchers, genealogists and the public.
| Surrogate’s Office – Mays Landing
|Surrogate’s Atlantic City Office
|Fax Mays Landing
| Fax Atlantic City
|Atlantic County Bar Association
(for attorney referral)
|South Jersey Legal Services
|NJ Inheritance Tax Office
|Social Security Administration in Trenton NJ
|Social Security Office in Pleasantville NJ
|NJ Division of Vital Statistics (to obtain DC)
|Atlantic County Clerk’s Office
|Atlantic County Intergenerational Services
||(609) 645-5962 x4741
|Atlantic County Aging Services