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

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

  • 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.

2020 County Holiday Closure Schedule

Below are the 2020 National Holidays that all County offices will be closed on:

  • January 1– Wednesday – New Year’s Day 2020
  • January 20– Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 17– Monday – Presidents’ Day/ Washington’s Birthday
  • April 10– Friday  – Good Friday
  • May 25– Monday – Memorial Day
  • July 3– Friday – Independence Day
  • September 7– Monday – Labor Day
  • October 12– Monday – Columbus Day
  • November 3– Tuesday – Election Day
  • November 11– Wednesday – Veterans’ Day
  • November 26– Thursday – Thanksgiving
  • November 27– Friday – Thanksgiving Friday
  • December 25– Friday – Christmas
  • January 1, 2021– Friday – New Year’s Day 2021

Contact Us

Surrogate’s Court
Administration Building
2nd Floor
94 Market Street
Salem, NJ 08079
856.935.7510 x8323
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Other: By Appointment

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