Tuesday, January 03, 2012

MUPC Update

This is confusing, but here is what we think we know about the status of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code:
  • H3780 as amended by H3861 changes the effective date of the Uniform Probate Code to March 31, 2012. The bill was signed by the Governor on December 30, 2011 and is now St.2011, c.224.
  • The new Supplemental Rules of the Probate and Family Court, which replace the former General Rules of the Probate and Family Court and Supplemental Probate Rules are still effective January 2, 2012.
  • On December 29, 2011, the Probate and Family Court amended Standing Order 5-11 regarding the application of G.L. c. 190B, Articles I-IV, VI and VII to Estate Cases Pending on March 31, 2012 or with a Decree Issued Prior Thereto  
  • The MUPC court forms have been removed, and according to the Probate and Family Court, "The Court’s current (pre-MUPC) forms will continue to be used after January 2, 2012 until further notice."