Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Participate in the upcoming "Probate and Guardianship Reform" seminars and co-sponsored "Leading the Business of Law: How Lawyers Acquire Business Acumen" program

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To register for the following programs, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, [e-mail membership] or visit the CLE Web site. To download a PDF of the January/February CLE brochure, click here.  

This week's highlighted programs include:
  • Probate and Guardianship Reform: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code
  • The ABC’s of Social Security Disability Cases
  • Managing a Court Appointed Practice
  • Representing the OUI Client
  • Effective Legal Writing Strategies
  • MBA Co-sponsored Programs

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

Probate and Guardianship Reform: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code 

In response to the highly anticipated Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code's recent enactment, the Massachusetts Bar Association has scheduled several seminars around the state to discuss how the UPC's important changes will impact the probate process. Our expert faculty include Joint MBA/BBA UPC drafting committee members Mark A. Leahy, Esq., and John J. Ford, Esq., as well as Thomas J. Carey Jr., Esq., and Frederick L. Nagle Jr., Esq., who were both instrumental in advocating on behalf of the MBA for passage of this legislation.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4-7 p.m., MBA, 20 West St. Boston
(Course #: PLN09)
Tuesday, March 3, 4-7 p.m.,  Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield
(Course #: PLO09)

Monday, March 9, 4-7 p.m., Mass. School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
(Course #: PLP09)

Join us for a review of the newly enacted Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code which modernizes and reforms probate and guardianship law in the commonwealth. The code will simplify, clarify and codify probate law and procedure, promote speedy and efficient estate administration, make effective the intent of decedents and provide effective protection for incapacitated people while minimizing their loss of liberty.

While the UPC does not go into effect until July 1, 2011, guardianship provisions become effective on Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Join us now to learn the most significant changes that will affect your probate practice. Attendees will learn about:
Estate Planning and Intestate Rules
  • Spousal intestate share modernized;
  • Child’s intestate share and omitted child shares; and
  • Will formalities and memorandums.
Estate Administration Options

  • Open estate in 7 days with informal probate;
  • Formal probate for contested estates;
  • New accounting and estate closing options; and
  • Intervivos and testamentary trusts changes.

Guardianship Modernized

  • Incapacity defined;
  • Limited guardianships;
  • Conservator for property & guardian of the person;
  • Protective orders; and
  • New reports and accounts required.


The ABC’s of Social Security Disability Cases, Course #: CLS09
Monday, Feb. 2, 4–7 p.m./MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Managing a Court Appointed Practice, Course #: CSD09

Tuesday, Feb. 03, 4-7 p.m./MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Representing the OUI Client, Course #: CJD09

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4–7 p.m./Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton

Effective Legal Writing Strategies, Course #: CLR09

Thursday, Feb. 5, 4–7 p.m./MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Leading the Business of Law: How Lawyers Acquire Business Acumen
Monday, Feb. 2, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch provided)
Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School, Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St., Boston

Child Support Guidelines: New Solutions to Old Problems
Thursday, Feb. 12, 4-7:30 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston

Contemporary Alimony Considerations
Thursday, March 12, 4-7:30 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston 


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