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It is my great honor to serve the residents of Somerset County.  This position can impact many of the lives of residents in Somerset County.  My duties as Surrogate include the probate of wills, appointment of estate administrators, supervision over the appointment of guardians, and administration of adoptions. I also direct and supervise the Office of the Surrogate and its staff.

Functions of the Surrogate’s Office

  • Probate wills.
  • Process adoptions.
  • Process contested probate matters.
  • Process alleged incompetents.
  • Film and record all probate proceedings.
  • Invest minors’ funds.
  • Appoint guardians of minors .

I have participated in a variety of outreach programs.  I am available to meet with groups or organizations anywhere in Somerset County.  My staff and I are here for you.  We are available to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and offer guidance where appropriate.  Please contact us at 908-231-7003 during business hours (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).  We are located on the first floor of the administration building at 20 Grove Street in Somerville, New Jersey.

Bernice "Tina" Jalloh
Somerset County Surrogate