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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
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Legislative News

MUPC implementation date extended to March 31, 2012

Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed into law an extension on the effective date of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code on Dec. 30. The MUPC will now go into effect on March 31, 2012. It was previously set to go into effect on Jan. 2, 2012.

Still under consideration by the Legislature is a bill establishing a uniform trust code, containing certain technical corrections to the MUPC, and granting the Probate and Family Court statutory authority to collect fees under the MUPC.

"The significant benefits to clients and the probate system as a whole far outweigh this slight delay in implementation," said Massachusetts Bar Association President Richard P. Campbell. "Advocating for these necessary changes for two decades, the MBA is confident that the broad-sweeping improvements gained from the MUPC will be well worth the wait."

The MBA looks forward to continued work with the Legislature and the court to ensure the technical corrections bill becomes law.

The Probate and Family Court's statement on the delay, including
amended Standing Order 5-11 and revised forms and instructions, can be found here.

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