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Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
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Senate passes comprehensive legislation impacting probate community

Today, the Senate passed comprehensive legislation impacting the probate community that includes: technical corrections to the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Trust Code and gives the court the authority to collect fees under the new probate code. This legislation is sorely needed in advance of the effective date of the probate code which is January 2, 2012. The Uniform Trust Code contained in this measure will replace the current Article VII of the probate code.

This bill will now head to the House for approval. Although the House previously passed the uniform trust code, the bill passed by the Senate today also includes the probate code technical corrections and the fee language and therefore must return to the House.

The Massachusetts Bar Association will continue to work with Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, the Massachusetts Bankers Association and the Boston Bar Association to advocate for swift passage of this vital legislation prior to the effective date of the Uniform Probate Code.

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