What to Do First

1. Contact Social Security
2. Locate the decedent’s Last Will & Testament
3. If the decedent was a veteran, investigate veteran’s benefits.
4. Death Certificate – obtain death certificates with raised seal.
5. Estate Assets: secure estate assets, such as the home, vehicles, valuables.
6. Create a list of all estate assets such as real estate, financial institutions, credit unions, stocks, insurance policies, vehicles, etc.
7. Checklist – compile a list of estate debts such as mortgages, loans, medical expenses, credit accounts, utility bills, etc.

IF YOUR LOVED ONE HAS A LAST WILL & TESTAMENT:

The “named” executor in the will must bring the following items to the Surrogate’s Court to qualify as executor:

  • ORIGINAL Last Will & Testament (not a photo copy)
  • Death Certificate with raised seal
  • Personal check, money order, or cash for filing fee (see “Fee Schedule of Services” for approximate amount.)
  • Please note Salem County does not accept credit or debit cards.

PLEASE REVIEW AND COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING OR YOU MAY COMPLETE IN OUR OFFICE:

The executor can be appointed on day 12, however, you may apply to our office at any time prior. (count date of death-example: date of death is January 1, Probate can be issued on January 12)

It is recommended you contact our office become you come to assure you have all required items. (856) 935-7510 extension 8121
NOTE: A Power of Attorneys authority ends at the death of your loved one.

IF YOUR LOVED ONE DOES NOT HAVE A LAST WILL & TESTAMENT:

The person who will apply as Administrator of the Estate – Please review and complete the following or you may complete in our office.

Please bring the following items with you to the Surrogate’s Court:

  • Death Certificate with raised seal
  • Personal check, money order, or cash for filing fee (see “Fee Schedule of Services” for approximate amount.)
  • Please note Salem County does not accept credit or debit cards.
  • Review our pamphlet: What to Do First: A Primer on Probate & Administrations
  • It is recommended you contact our office become you come to assure you have all required items. (856) 935-7510 extension 8121