New York County Surrogates Court
Each County in New York has a Surrogates Court. The New York County Surrogates Court handles cases involving the probate of decedent’s Last Will and Testament and the administration of decedent’s estates. It also handles certain types of guardianship – specifically guardianship of a minor, guardianship of a developmentally disabled adult. The New York County Surrogates Court also handles adoptions.
Matters Typically Heard by the Surrogates Court
The following is a non-exhaustive list of matters that may be heard by the New York County Surrogates Court:
Voluntary Administration –
Miscellaneous Proceedings –
- Appointment of a guardian of a minor’s (child under 18 years of age) person, and/or of his or her property.
- Appointment of a guardian over a mentally-
retarded person or over a developmentally disabled individual person and/or property. There is no age restriction under this provision.
- Infant adoptions arranged directly between the parties or with the aid of a private adoption agency.
parent adoptions where the new partner or spouse adopts in conjunction with the birth or prior adoptive parent.
- Family adoptions (e.g., adoption by grandparent(s) or other family members).
- Adult adoptions where the person to be adopted is over the age of 18.
- Foreign adoptions –
usually foreign countries finalize adoptions before the new parents and child(ren) return to the U.S. While it is not required to do a re- adoption, adoptive parents may consider the benefit of a U.S. birth certificate being issued for the child.
New York County Surrogates Court Directory
The Contact information for the various departments in New York County Surrogate’s Court is listed below. Please note that response time may be slower or limited as a result of the current pandemic. If you are not able to reach the department by phone, please consider sending an email.
|Guardian / Adoption
New York County also has a list of Surrogate’s Court forms available for individuals who may want to do it themselves. The Forms are available here.
For more information, please contact probate, guardianship, and estate planning attorney Regina Kiperman:
Or visit her at her new location:
80 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
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