Estate Identification Number (EIN)

Estate Identification Number (EIN)

PLEASE NOTE: The estate identification number is required to open an estate account. The number is provided free through the federal government.

  • If you find yourself on a site that charges a fee, you are not on the government site and should exit immediately.
  • Download (pdf) :  SS-4 Form
  • IRS Website  (Not a direct link for the SS-4 Form, but may be useful for other IRS forms)
    IRS Telephone Number:  1-800-829-4933
Frequently Requested Phone Numbers

Frequently Requested Phone Numbers

Internal Revenue Service
PHONE: 1-(800) 829-4933
To obtain an estate identification number (EIN)

Salem County Bar Association
PHONE: (856) 935-5629
Lawyer Referral Service – to assist members of the community to get in contact with lawyers who practice in a particular area of the law.

Salem County Clerk’s Office
PHONE: (856) 935-7510 ext. 8206
To obtain copies of deeds & mortgages recorded in Salem County.

Salem County Historical Society
PHONE: (856) 935-5004

Salem County Office on Aging
PHONE: (856) 935-7510 ext. 8622

Salem County Surrogate’s Court
PHONE: (856) 935-7510 ext. 8323

Salem County Veteran’s Services
PHONE: (856) 339-8603
PHONE: 1-(800) 827-1000 – US Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Social Security Administration (NJ)
PHONE: 1-(800) 772-1213
PHONE: 1-(800) 325-0778

South Jersey Legal Services, Inc.
PHONE: 1-(800) 496-4570
PHONE: 1-(800) 691-0494

State of New Jersey Department of Health
Division on Aging
PHONE: 1-(800) 792-9745
Senior Benefits:
Aging and Community Services:

State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury
Division of Taxation
Inheritance & Estate Tax Bureau
PHONE: 1-(609) 292-5033
PHONE: 1-(609) 292-5035

State of New Jersey Department of Health
Division of Vital Statistics
(obtain birth, death & marriage certificates)
PHONE: 1-(609) 292-4087 ext. 582
TOLL FREE: 1-(866) 649-8726

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Administrator (also known as Personal Representative) – Person or institution appointed by the court to manage and distribute the estate of a person who dies without a will.

Administrator Ad Prosequendum – Person designated by the Court to carry out the terms of a Will where the Will fails to name an executor.

Beneficiary – Person named to receive property or benefits.

Codicil – An addition or supplement made to change or add provisions to a will.

Contingent beneficiary – Receiver or property or benefits if first-named beneficiary dies before receiving all benefits.

Contract – Legally enforceable agreement.

Decedent – A deceased person.

Devise – To give real or Personal Property.

Estate – Everything a person owns, real and personal property

Executor, Executrix – (also known as a Personal Representative) – A person or institution named in the will to carry out the provisions and directions of the will.

Intestate – A person who dies without making a valid will.

Legatee – Person who receives personal property under a will.

Levy – To collect by assessment.

Lien – A charge upon property, real or personal, for the satisfaction of a debt.

Personal property – Intangible property, such as stocks, bonds, or bank accounts; and tangible property such as furniture, automobile, jewelry.

Probate – Official proof of the genuineness of a will.

Real Property – Land and buildings.

Surrogate – A judicial officer who is Judge of the Surrogate’s Court and deputy clerk to the Superior Court.

Tenants in common – Two or more persons owning individual interests in property.

Testator, Testatrix – The person who makes a will.

Trust – A fiduciary arrangement that allows a third part, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries.

Trustee – Person or institution that holds property, authority, or a position of trust or responsibility for the benefit of another.

Waiver – A legal instrument relinquishing a right or lien.

Will – A legal declaration of the manner in which a person wishes his estate divided after death.

Witness – Person who observed the signing of a will and also attests to the signatures.

Helpful Links


Will Preparation

Will Preparation

  • Salem County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service – (856) 935-5629
  • South Jersey Legal Services, Inc.   Free Last Will & Testament and Power of Attorney for those that qualify.
    Primary Phone #:  800-496-4570  (Mon-Fri 9:00a – 1:00p)
    Secondary Phone #:  856-691-0494  (Mon-Fri 9:00a – 5:00p)
  • Note that the Salem County Surrogate’s Court cannot recommend legal representation for you.

Contact Us

Surrogate’s Court
Administration Building
2nd Floor
94 Market Street.
Salem, NJ 08079
856.935.7510 x8323
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