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Hunterdon County Surrogate selected as association Section Chief, pandemic issues continue to present challenges for surrogate courts

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – Hunterdon County Surrogate Susan J. Hoffman has once again been selected by her peers to serve as Section Chief for the Surrogates as part of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey, which was effective September 25, 2020.

“I was sworn in as Section Chief September 2001 right after 9/11 and was faced with New York originally stating it would not issue death certificates without a body being identified. I worked hard with the Administrative Office of the Courts to substitute documents for the death certificate. Fortunately, New York changed its decision and issued death certificates. And now there is a pandemic that the Surrogates are dealing with,” Hoffman said.

The Surrogate’s Court reviews and files adoptions, declares death actions, appoints guardians for persons in need and oversees trustees, conservatorships and accountings, in addition to several other administrative duties related to wills and probates, as well as records preservation.

“The most pressing items this year is establishing statewide Early Settlement Panels for contested probate matters, continue to have input in the statewide Guardianship Monitoring Program and keeping the Surrogate Courts open during the pandemic,” Hoffman said.

The Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey is celebrating its 100th anniversary of service. The Surrogates meet throughout the year for seminars and to exchange ideas.

The Surrogate’s office can be reached Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 908-788-1156 or for more information, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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