Definition of SURROGATE’S COURT: (noun) / a specialized court that deals with probate and administration of estates, certain types of guardianships, and certain types of adoptions; also known as “probate court”
The New York State Surrogate’s Court hears cases involving the affairs of decedents, the probate of wills, and the administration of estates. Adoptions are also processed through the Surrogate’s Court. Who is the Surrogate? A Surrogate is a specific type of judge. It refers to the judge who hears cases in Surrogate’s Court.