Why I’m Running For Morris County Surrogate

I’m not a politician. I’m a husband, dad, and (very) amateur guitar player from Mendham Township. I have also been a trusts and estates attorney for over 20 years. In that time, I have practiced before various Surrogate’s Courts throughout New Jersey. I am now running for the position as Surrogate of Morris County in the election in November of 2019.

The Surrogate is the county officer responsible for the appointment of executors and administrators of decedents’ estates. The Surrogate also has a role in guardianships, adoptions and contested estates. It should be one of the least political jobs in government. County residents utilize the services of the Surrogate’s Court when they are facing a family crisis: when a loved one dies; when a disabled child turns 18; when a parent loses capacity. While it is not required that the County Surrogate be an attorney, or even a trusts and estates attorney, I believe my skills and experience, honed over more than two decades, make me a strong candidate for the job. I have drafted thousands of wills and trusts. I have administered hundreds of estates. I have been involved in Will contests and litigated guardianships. In all of these matters I am proud to say that I was a zealous advocate for my clients. But I am also proud of my reputation as an ethical adversary. In September of 2016, I was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey to a four year term serving on the Office of Attorney Ethics, District VB Ethics Committee.

I have visited most of Morris County’s 39 towns, introducing myself and explaining more about what the Surrogate does. We need an experienced trusts and estates practitioner for our next County Surrogate, not a politician. That’s why I am running for Morris County Surrogate.

I Need Your Help…

This campaign will need your help. We are going up against politics as usual in Morris County. We will need your dollars, your energy and your shoe leather. VOLUNTEER