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THE HUNTERDON COUNTY
SURROGATE'S COURT

Surrogate's Seal
RECORD KEEPERS SINCE 1804
SUSAN J. HOFFMAN, HUNTERDON COUNTY SURROGATE
65 Park Avenue - PO Box 2900 - Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
Directions to Office
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
908-788-1156 * Fax (908)788-1586
surrogate@co.hunterdon.nj.us


FORMS AVAILABLE

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The Surrogate’s Court requires the ORIGINAL signed will and original death certificate to process a case.

PROBATE FORMS
The probate process occurs when someone passes away with a will.

ADMINISTRATION FORMS
The Administration process occurs when someone passes away WITHOUT A WILL. 

ADMINISTRATION C.T.A.
This process occurs when no executor listed in a will is able or willing to accept duties of executor. 

ADMINISTRATION AD PROSEQUENDUM
This process occurs when the decedent dies as the result of an alleged wrongful act. 

MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS 

REFUNDING BOND AND RELEASE
Used when a distribution is made to a beneficiary.

  • Refunding Bond and Release
    Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 3B:23-24, an Executor or Administrator shall collect Refunding Bonds and Releases from each beneficiary upon distribution of assets. It is necessary to file the completed Refunding Bond and Release from each beneficiary of the estate with the Surrogate’s Court.
    Fee:  $10 per bond when using our form

The Refunding Bond and Release has a dual purpose:

Refunding:
By signing a refunding bond the beneficiary is agreeing in the event the assets distributed to them are needed at a later time to pay a debt of the estate, the beneficiary will return part or all of the assets needed to pay those debts.

Releasing:
The beneficiary is releasing the Executor/Administrator from any liability pertaining to the administration of the estate. It discharges the Executor/Administrator from any future duties regarding the estate.

The Refunding Bond and Release must be signed by the beneficiary before a Notary Public or attorney. If the beneficiary is a minor or incapacitated person, the Refunding Bond and Release must be signed by the guardian of the property.  If the beneficiary is a trust, the refunding Bond and Release must be signed by the trustee.

TO CANCEL A SURETY BOND:
In an Administration that required a Surety Bond, said Bond will not be cancelled by the insurance agent unless the Certificate of Release is presented to the agent.  To obtain this certificate, all Refunding Bonds must be filed with the Surrogate’s Court and the Administrator must submit a written request and $5.00 fee for a Certificate of Release from the Surrogate.

 

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