surrogate court

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Surrogate court is a subject-matter jurisdiction court dealing with administration of wills, guardianship, administration of assets, etc.  The court also deals with unclaimed property of the deceased, who died without a will. The officer of such a court is elected by the people of the local county, and is called a surrogate.   

See also: probate court; estate

[Last updated in November of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]