COVID-19 Health Crisis Makes Online Services Even More Important

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Surrogate’s Office will be moving forward to implement remote operations by the fall, announced the Surrogate's Office. Residents seeking probate services in the Surrogate’s Court will be able to complete the probate process from the comfort of their own homes or offices, they said.

In the past, those who wanted to complete a probate, had to visit the Surrogate's office in Morristown. However, beginning in November 2020, the public will have the option to complete the entire probate online, according to the Surrogate's office.

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The Surrogate's office will move ahead with software modification to allow for remote probate services.

“As an attorney practicing in the Surrogate’s Court, it was apparent to me that a significant segment of the clients this office serves is subject to mobility issues of varying degrees,’’ said Surrogate Darling. “It has been my plan since the day I was elected last year to implement this significant convenience for the residents of Morris County, and now we have found a way to bring it to fruition without any additional expense’’ she added.

Starting in the fall, clients and/or their attorneys will be able to fill in the necessary information online and submit it digitally to the County Surrogate’s Office for a quick review, said government officials.

If there are issues with form selection or other matters, probate clerks will be available by phone to quickly make modifications. Final documents can immediately be executed at home and returned via regular mail or through an attorney or courier, they said.

Once the documents, including the original Will and Certified Death Certificate are received with payment, appropriate certificates will be issued from the Surrogate’s Court completing the process.

“This will provide a tremendous benefit to those using our office – a service that is rapidly being created out of necessity caused by Covid-19,” said Deputy Surrogate Christopher Luongo.

Since Covid-19 related building closures, the Surrogate’s Office has been operating by phone and email. In the event of a fall resurgence of the virus, this new online service will enable the Surrogate’s Office to provide full, efficient, and uninterrupted service to Morris County residents.


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