Surrogate Heather J. Darling, Esq., was elected Surrogate in 2019.  She received her bachelor’s degree from New York University in Finance and International Business in 1990 and earned her law degree, Doctor of Jurisprudence, in 2002 from Seton Hall School of Law.

Heather opened her law practice in 2004 and focused on Family, Wills, Trusts, and Estates in addition to Business and Criminal law, serving Morris County for over 19 years. She is a member of the New Jersey, New York, and Morris County Bar Associations.  Heather also continues to operate her father’s real estate business.

Heather is a former Morris County Freeholder and Deputy of the Board.  She took office as Morris County’s first woman Surrogate in January of 2020.  Heather has made significant advancements to the Surrogate’s Office, the means by which Surrogates in New Jersey can assist the public including services such as the virtual filing of documents to probate wills; an idea conceived by Heather to serve seniors and citizens with mobility issues which became indispensable to the public by COVID-19.  Additionally, she advocated for electronic wills and electronic signatures on qualifying documents in New Jersey probate matters.  As part of her Surrogate’s community outreach, Surrogate Darling created “60 Seconds with the Surrogate” using social media to educate and help prepare citizens on many end-of-life issues.

Surrogate Darling was elected President of the Board for the Constitutional Officers of New Jersey (COANJ) in September 2023.  Heather hosts her talk show “Have You Heard” with Heather Darling. Surrogate Darling recently completed the Professional Development Academy for High-Performance Leaders and received her master’s certificate in Leading in Analytics in addition to completing the County Administrator’s basic certificate program through Rutgers. She formerly served as Vice President of COANJ, Secretary of COANJ, and Section Chief of the Surrogates.  Surrogate Darling was named Woman of the Year 2023 by the New Jersey GOP. She serves on the Employment Horizons Community Advisory Board and is an Ambassador for the Morris County 200 Club.

Heather is dedicated to community service.  She has served on several boards and committees over the years.  She participates in and supports several Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, and Leadership Morris.  She has also focused much of her attention, on using her office as a platform for the special needs community, providing a voice for those who cannot represent themselves, including those with special needs, seniors, and animals.


Heather Darling resides in Roxbury where she has lived most of her life in her family home