When probating a will in New York County Surrogate’s Court, you’ll need to file the original will and a certified copy of the death certificate with the Probate Department. But how do you file these documents in the age of E-Filing and Covid-19?

I recently E-Filed a Petition and ancillary documents in a probate proceeding in New York County. The Clerk advised me that the original will and death certificate can either be mailed to Room 504 or left in a drop box in the hallway.

In fact, the Court won’t issue a File No. until these original documents are received.