MEET BILL HART
CANDIDATE FOR SUSSEX COUNTY SURROGATE
Welcome Sussex County voters,
My name is Bill Hart, and I am proud to call Frankford my home since 2012. I have been married to my wife Mary for 50 years. We are the proud parents of four grown sons and six grandchildren.
I graduated from Villanova University, A.B. political science (economics minor) 1968. Washington College of Law, The American University J.D. 1974 and am an attorney currently in private practice.
I have been a practicing attorney in New Jersey for over 42 years, including 30 years of total (federal, state and local) government service with 15 years as a deputy attorney general, handling both procurement policy and tort litigation matters for the State of New Jersey. In private practice, I prepared hundreds of wills and trusts for private clients and probated many on behalf of the grieving families. I served as a Superior Court-appointed arbitrator for civil litigation matters for 24 years.
The position of county surrogate is probably the least political constitutional office in New Jersey. The position requires a dedicated official witness to insure the final wishes of New Jersey residents are given their intended result when probating wills or appointing administrators for those who do not have a will at the time of death, but who have assets and liabilities to be disposed of. Likewise, the surrogate is a deputy clerk of the Superior Court and a judge of the probate part of the Superior Court, handling adoptions, appointment of trustees and guardians, and overseeing the management of funds for minors.
My goals are to continue to improve the management and efficiency of the operations of the Surrogate's Office, expand its outreach services to enable residents in remote corners of the county to meet with and conduct surrogate business without always having to come to the Sussex County courthouse in Newton, and provide the warm and personalized assistance our residents deserve when they need the services of the Office of the Surrogate.
In addition to my professional experience as an attorney, I served for 27 years as a member of the Army, Army Reserve and later the New Jersey Army National Guard.
I look forward to serving as your next Sussex County Surrogate and would consider it an honor to receive your vote.