Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code Takes Effect March 31st

The Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) takes effect on March 31, 2012. The version of the MUPC that will go into effect on March 31, 2012 does not include the series of technical changes to the MUPC, the Uniform Trust Code, or revised filing fees that were incorporated into S 2128, which is still pending in the Legislature.

Monday, April 2nd will be the first date the Probate and Family Court will be operating under the new law. The Probate and Family Court website currently has new MUPC forms and the procedural manual available online. The Probate and Family Court website will continue to be the place to find updated information, forms, notices and fees. You can also find a link to this information on the BBA website: under the Public Policy tab select “Helpful Information.”

Due to the pending legislation, the Uniform Fee Schedule that is effective as of March 31, 2012 does not include specific references to actions and pleadings that will be utilized under the MUPC. Once the Legislature has acted, the Probate and Family Court will also post a revised Uniform Fee Schedule.