In some States of the United States, an officer who presides over the probate of wills and testaments and yield the settlement of estates.
A judicial officer who has jurisdiction over the probate of wills in the absence of a contest and acts as the Clerk of the Probate Court in the settlement of estates, guardianships, and trusts.
The elected county official who oversees probate in the State of New Jersey.
The office of each county's surrogate is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the establishment of a guardianship and to monitor guardians after their appointments to ensure that they are properly carrying out their duties. Prior to appointment, the Surrogate handles the filing of the petition for guardianship and all related court papers. After appointment, the Surrogate monitors guardians by requiring periodic filing of an inventory of the wards estate and annual accounts or reports as to the wards well-being.
a judicial officer who has the jurisdiction over the probate of wills and administration of estates.