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Navigating NJ Probate: A Quick Guide

Probate in New Jersey is the legal process of handling someone’s estate after they pass away. It ensures the deceased’s assets are distributed according to their will or, if no will exists, according to state law.

The Basics:

  • Probate Court: The process happens in the Surrogate’s Court of the county where the deceased resided.
  • The Will: If there’s a will, the court verifies its validity and appoints the executor (the person responsible for managing the estate).
  • Assets & Debts: The executor identifies and inventories the estate’s assets (property, money) and pays off any debts.
  • Distribution: Finally, the remaining assets are distributed to the beneficiaries as outlined in the will or by state law (if there’s no will).

Considering an Attorney:

While probate can be straightforward in NJ, an attorney is recommended for complex estates or potential disputes.

Remember: Probate timelines can vary. Consulting an attorney or your county Surrogate’s Court can provide more specific guidance for your situation.


Your local Surrogate’s Court of New Jersey  – links to individual counties below.