Union County Surrogate

The Surrogate’s Office is transitioning to an appointment-based system. Contact our office to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred in order to serve our residents most effectively.

Office of the
Union County Surrogate

2 Broad Street, Old Annex 2nd Floor, Elizabeth, NJ 07207
Phone: 908-527-4280 | Fax: 908-351-9212
Email: UCSurrogate@ucnj.org

Christopher E. Hudak, Esq.

The Surrogate’s office is open to the general public

The Surrogate’s Office is transitioning to an appointment-based system. Contact our office to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are preferred in order to serve our residents most effectively.

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Closed between the hours of 12:30pm – 1:30 pn

In Order to probate a Will or be appointed the representative of an intestate estate, you must appear in person (unless you live out of state).

If you reside out of state, please contact this office either via email at: UCSurrogate@ucnj.org or by calling 908-527-4280

Estate Matters

If the decedent has a Last Will & Testament, please bring the following items to PROBATE A WILL:

  • Original Will
  • Original Certified Death Certificate with a raised seal
  • Names and addresses of Next of Kin
  • Cash, Check or Credit Card (Visa or Master Card only)

If the decedent does NOT have a Last Will & Testament, please bring the following items to apply for Administration / Affidavit:

  • Obituary
  • Original Certified Death Certificate with a raised seal
  • Names and addresses of Next of Kin
  • List of all assets in descendants name alone (Asset Form)
  • Cash, Check or Credit Card (Visa or Master Card only)

Guardianship Matters

Minor Guardianship, for a minor receiving funds from a personal injury settlement or an inheritance, please bring the following items to apply:

  • Minor’s Original Birth Certificate with raised seal
  • Minor’s Social Security Card
  • Names & Addresses of Next of Kin
  • Cash, Check or Credit Card (Visa or Master Card only)

Adult Guardianship, caring for an Adult with Special Needs or Elder Incapacitated Person

Adoption Matters

  • Types of Adoptions
    • Agency Placement
    • Stepparent & Co-Parent
    • Relative
    • Private
    • Foreign
  • Request to UNSEAL AN ADOPTION Unseal Records

Please Note

Legal forms downloaded from any other County Surrogate websites and changed in any way to make them appear as if prepared by the Union County Surrogate Court will not be accepted and may subject the proponent to possible criminal charges.

Surrogate Office Contacts

Christopher E. Hudak, Esq. – Surrogate

Kelly Coyle – Deputy Surrogate

Susan DiNardo – Special Deputy Surrogate

Lisa Taylor Brophy, Esq. – Attorney