I believe I have a responsibility as Surrogate to keep the people of Union County aware of the necessity for estate planning and have therefore prepared this web site for your information.

It is important for you to know if you leave no Will, the laws of New Jersey will determine who shall receive your property. The law makes no distinction as to youth or age, illness or health, wealth or poverty, or any of the many other special circumstances which often vitally affect the well being of your own family, or the special causes that are most important to you. Only through a legal Will can you provide for those you love.

This web site is also provided to inform you of the services to which you are entitled from the Union County Surrogate’s Office.

Please be assured that my staff and I are here to advise and assist you in any matter pertaining to these services. Our office is located on the Second Floor, Old Annex, Union County Court House, 2 Broad St., Elizabeth, New Jersey. If we can be of any help to you, if you have a question, or if you wish to arrange a date to have the Surrogate speak before your club or organization, contact us at this office or call 908-527-4280


Speaking Engagements – If you would like the Surrogate to speak to your group or organization in Union County please call the office at 908-527-4280. The Surrogate is available Monday – Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 P.M.  We ask that you be here by 4:00 for the last interview.


The Union County Surrogate is Pleased to Announce an Additional Evening Source for Probate Matters

In a joint venture with the Scotch Plains Mayor and Council beginning September 14, 2015, the Surrogate will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Town Hall, 430 Park Avenue, Room 202, Scotch Plains, NJ. The second monday of each month from 5:00 – 6:00 by appointment only.

This additional site gives residents an opportunity to conduct business after normal working hours, in their home community and alleviates the stress of having to take a day off of work or transporting an elder parent to Elizabeth.

The remaining dates for 2015 would be:

  • September 14, 2015
  • October 12, 2015 – Holiday, No Hours
  • November 9, 2015
  • December 14, 2015


James S. LacorteSurrogate
Phone: 908-527-4280
Address: Second Floor, Old Annex, Union County Court House,
2 Broad St., Elizabeth, New Jersey

Jo Ann Schwab, Deputy Surrogate
E-mail: jschwab@ucnj.org

Lisa Taylor Brophy, Esq., Executive Clerk To The Surrogate
E-mail: lbrophy@ucnj.org