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Honored for service, compassion in office

UNION COUNTY SURROGATE JAMES S. LaCORTE RECEIVES McCLOUD AWARD - Honored for service, compassion in office

Elizabeth, NJ – Union County Surrogate James S. LaCorte has received the 18th annual William J. McCloud Award in recognition of his professionalism and compassion in service to the families of Union County.  The McCloud Award is given to Family Court judges, attorneys, and court personnel by the Union County Bar Association, Family Law Section and the Women Lawyers of Union County.

Surrogate LaCorte is a lifelong resident of Elizabeth.  He was first elected to the post in 2000, and is currently serving his second five-year term.

“The Surrogate’s Office often intersects with families during periods of emotional difficulty,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “It is reassuring to know that these vital services are guided by the highest standards of sensitivity and professionalism.  On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I would like to congratulate Mr. LaCorte on receiving the McCloud Award in recognition of his unstinting efforts on behalf of Union County residents.”

As Union County Surrogate, LaCorte has focused on helping Union County residents prepare for estate planning through a variety of means including extended office hours, a comprehensive web site, and frequent public education seminars.

“Our priority has been to assist the public in a courteous and understanding manner in such a way that brings pride to the legal profession, and at the same time deliver a vital service to families in a compassionate atmosphere,” said LaCorte.

Under the New Jersey constitution, county surrogates are elected officials.  Their mandated duties include probating wills and appointing executors, administering related court proceedings, and processing adoptions.

Judge William J. McCloud, a native of Elizabeth, was appointed to the Superior Court of Union County in 1980 and served until his untimely death in 1985.  His tenure left a lasting impression for his knowledge of the law combined with exceptional sensitivity to the family court environment.  For more information on the services provided by the Union County Surrogate,