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Onondaga County Surrogate's Court

How to Proceed When a Loved One Dies

Hon. Mary Keib Smith is the Surrogate of Onondaga County. She is elected by the county electorate and serves a ten year term. The Surrogate's Court maintains jurisdiction over all actions and proceedings relating to the affairs of decedents. This includes the probate of wills ( testate) and administration of estates ( intestate).

Type of Proceedings:

Probate - Decedent Left a Will (and estate assets of more than $30,000.00)
Administration - Decedent did NOT leave a Will (and estate assets of more than $30,000.00)
Voluntary Administration / Small Estate Affidavit Program - For estates with assets less than $30,000.00 (with or without a will)