Brooklyn Bar Association News

Posted by: Robert Abruzzese on Mar 25, 2021

If you are looking for help navigating the Surrogate's Court there are resources available.


Attend a free e-filing training session with members of the NYSCEF Resource Center staff. These two-hour sessions are FREE worth two CLE credits. It will guide you through your first Surrogate's Court filing, review court rules, and provide helpful tips to avoid problems in the court. 

There are four upcoming sessions — all sessions are online using Microsoft Teams.

  • May 20, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • June 17, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • July 15, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • August 19, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-registration is required and sessions fill up quickly. Go to and click on the "register for training" link.

NYSBA Offer's Mediation of Surrogate's Court Cases CLE

The NYSBA is offering a CLE webinar on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM worth 1.5 credits that will explore mediation in the Surrogate's Court. It will discuss why mediation is good for litigators, how it can be a great tool for trusts and estates planning, it will cover two possible mediation tracks, explain the NYS Presumptive ADR Initiative, and the difference between mediation and arbitration.

You can register for that event on the NYSBA's website by clicking here.


This Friday, March 26 at 1:00 PM, the Brooklyn Bar Association will host a free Surrogate's Court Committee and Trusts & Estates Section meeting that is open to all members. 

In an effort to help attorneys navigate a system that has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brooklyn Bar Association has decided to open its committee meetings to the membership at large. These meetings do not qualify for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, but instead give members an opportunity to see the concerns of these two committees, hear from Bar Leaders on relevant updates to the law and courts, network, and there will also be an opportunity for questions.

The meeting is open to all members who would like to attend. You do not need to be a member of either committee. Click here to register.

Click here for a copy of the meeting's agenda.

REMINDER: Credit Card Fee Added for All E-Filing Done Through NYSCEF

Beginning April 1, 2021, the Unified Court System will begin adding a service fee of 2.99 percent to all credit card payments submitted through NYSCEF.

Click here to read the announcement.