Following years of zealous advocacy by the Boston Bar Association and members of its Trusts & Estates Section, Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law legislation that creates a new Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code (MUTC), provides revisions to Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC), and also updates the Probate and Family Court’s Uniform Fee Schedule. This legislation, now known as Chapter 140 of the Acts of 2012, is now in effect.
The MUTC will generally replace, and greatly expand upon, Article VII, the trust law provisions of the MUPC that became effective on March 31, 2012. The new legislation will also make various technical changes to the MUPC, and introduce a revised fee schedule for the Probate and Family Court.
For a summary of the impact this legislation will have, check out the BBA Trusts & Estates Blog post by M. Bradford Bedingfield of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. The Probate and Family Court’s MUPC hub page has updated forms and information on the revised fee schedule.