Estates and Probate in the Age of COVID

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Webinar via Zoom
Speaker: Rosemarie D. Peters, Esq., Monmouth County Surrogate

Join us for a presentation on probating estates in NJ during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The dual roles of a County Surrogate – as both Judge of the Surrogate’s Court and deputy clerk to the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Probate Part, and the Family Part for adoptions -- created some unprecedented challenges starting in March, 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic caused the world as we know it to begin closing down. Keeping the statutory functions of these courts working under extremely difficult circumstances required adherence to the old Marine Corps motto “Improvise-Adapt-Overcome.” Working together, the Surrogates, Judges, and the Administrative Office of the Courts, managed to handle thousands of estate and probate matters remotely using whatever technology that allowed them to bypass in-person contact.

About Our Speaker:

Rosemarie D. Peters, Esq., is serving in her 15th year as Monmouth County Surrogate. She was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on its Judiciary-Surrogate Liaison Committee. She also serves as Vice President of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey and chief of its Surrogates Section.

Before being elected Surrogate, Mrs. Peters was a member of the Middletown Township Committee for 18 years, four of them as Mayor and three as Deputy Mayor. She is also a former member of the Middletown Township Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment. She initiated and chaired the township’s Open Space Preservation Committee and is the founder, past president, and a current trustee of the Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council.

Mrs. Peters is a past member of the Executive Board and Legislative Review Committee of the NJ State League of Municipalities. She is also a former member of the Monmouth County Environmental Council, former board member of the Monmouth County Mental Health Association, and former president of the Middletown Township League of Women Voters.

Mrs. Peters worked as Director of Public Relations for the McCall Publishing Co., New York City, as well as a cable TV and video producer, an advertising and public relations copywriter, and a freelance writer and editor.

She was named Resident of the Year by the Jersey Shore Chapter of American Institute of Architects for her leadership in developing the Middletown Arts Center; received an Award of Excellence from the Mid-State Arts Resource Team; and was named an Outstanding Alumna of Brookdale Community College.

She is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Thomas A. Edison State College, and Brookdale Community College.


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