New York County Surrogate’s Court (Manhattan)


31 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007

Main Phone: 646-386-5000

Hours of Work

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

*Clerks of the court can be on a break during lunchtime. Filing documents in the early part of the day is recommended. 

The court is closed on all state holidays.



4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge
J, Z to Chambers Street
R to City Hall
A, C to Chambers Street
1, 2, 3 to Chambers Street

M1, M6, M15, M20, M22, M103, B51

LIRR: Penn Station or Grand Central Station stop. Then take the subway. 

Bus: M1, M6, M15, M20, M22, M103, B51

Parking: Metered street parking.


Judges of New York County Surrogate’s Court


Hon. Rita Mella

Hon. Hilary Gingold

The judges have a staff of clerks who helps analyze cases and conduct pre-trial, scheduling, and settlement conferences.

Chief Clerk

Diana Sanabria

Deputy Chief Clerk
Jana Cohn

Help Center

The Help Center is available for people who are not represented by attorneys. Information on procedure and the law, required forms and referrals are available. The hours are 9:00am to 12:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pm Monday through Friday in Room 302. No appointments necessary – first come first served.


Miscellaneous Dept. / Calendar Clerk
(To file Affidavits of Service, Applications to Open Safe Deposit Boxes & Sealed Apartments)
Phone: 646-386-5001

Accounting Department
(Estate & Trust Accountings)
Phone: 646-386-5002

Guardian / Adoption Department
(Infant / 17A Applications)
Phone: 646-386-5003

Probate Department
(Decedents leaving a will)
Phone: 646-386-5004

Administration Dept. / Small Estates
(Decedents leaving no will)
Phone: 646-386-5005

Cashier / Certificates / Certifications
Phone: 646-386-5006

Records Search & Certifications
Phone: 646-386-5090

Law Department Reception Area
Phone: 646-386-5800

New York County Public Administrator
(Estates of decedents leaving unknown heirs / Police Property Vouchers)
Phone: 212-788-8430, Room 311