Michael Thompson Launches Campaign for Morris County Surrogate

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 role of the County Surrogate 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.

Over the next several months, I intend to visit each of Morris County’s 39 towns, introducing myself and explaining more about what the Surrogate does. My biggest liability in not being a politician is that I’m fairly unknown. I look forward to meeting with Morris County residents to explain why my particular set of skills makes me the best candidate to be the next Morris County Surrogate.

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