Essential Matters for Surrogate’s Court

Article 17 and 17a Guardianships
Grant authority to act where it is essential for health, safety or well-being of the minor or adult under disability including the authority for the virtual co-signing of acceptable banking instruments.

Proceedings necessary for surrender of parental rights to the prospective adoptive child.· And for health insurance purposes.

Probate, Administration, or Voluntary Administration Proceedings
Issuance of Letters in matters determined as essential by the assigned judge, including funeral arrangements.

Proceedings brought by the Public Administrator or the Chief Fiscal Officer of the County involving a matter of health, safety or well-being of the involved parties, and matters involving burials, funerals and direct cremations.

Any other matter that the Surrogate Judge or Chief Clerk deems essential.


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