Massachusetts Law About Wills and Estates
Uniform Probate Code, MGL c.190B (MUPC). Changes laws of intestate succession, estate administration and much more. A complete overhaul of Mass. probate laws.
St. 2012, c.140: An Act Further Regulating the Probate Code and Establishing a Trust Code. Amends the Uniform Probate Code, above, and creates a new c.203E: Uniform Trust Code. See the Boston Bar's summary for an explanation of changes. Effective July 8, 2012.
- MGL c.190B, s.2-101 et seq. Descent and distribution of real and personal property.
- MGL c.190B, Article III Probate of Wills and AdministrationSee also, amendments in St. 2012, c.140: An Act Further Regulating the Probate Code and Establishing a Trust Code. Effective July 8, 2012.
- MGL c.190B, s.2-501 et seq. Wills
- MGL c.190B, Article III Probate of Wills and Administration. See also, amendments in St. 2012, c.140: An Act Further Regulating the Probate Code and Establishing a Trust Code. Effective July 8, 2012.
- MGL c.191B Uniform Statutory Will Act
Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Uniform Fee Schedule effective July 9, 2012. See also, Press Release regarding fees.
Probate and Family Court MUPC Hub. Includes links to Forms, Training Material, Rules and more.
Busy Family's Guide to Estate Planning, Nolo, 2007. Estate planning guide with an emphasis on those with children, including appointing a guardian for your children and managing children's money. Requires Library Card for access.
Complete Guide to IRAs & IRA Investing: Wealth Building Strategies Revealed, Atlantic Publishing, 2009. Covers types of IRAs, putting money in, and taking money out. Requires Library Card for access.
Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in Massachusetts, Atlantic Publishing, 2009. Requires Library Card for access.
Estate Planning for Blended Families, Nolo, 2009. Planning for children and stepchildren, May-December couples, or couples of unequal wealth. With forms and checklists. Requires Library Card for access.
IRAs, 401(k)s & Other Retirement Plans: Taking Your Money Out, Nolo, 2013. Includes information on early distributions, periodic payments, types of retirement plans and more. Requires Library Card for access.
Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code: A New Law Effecting Inheritance, Wills, Trusts and Estate Administration, Douglas Peterson. Helpful information on surviving spouses, spousal share and disinheriting children under the new law.
Mom's Guide to Wills and Estate Planning, Nolo, 2009. "Provides practical, straightforward recommendations on estate planning options and provides a solid plan that every family can find the time to follow". Requires Library Card for access.
Your Massachusetts Wills, Trusts & Estates, Atlantic Publishing, 2009.
Conflicts, Competence and Confidentiality in Will Drafting, Mass. Board of Bar Overseers. "When a lawyer is consulted to prepare a will for a testator, the fact that the lawyer also represents a potential beneficiary can create other issues that may also require attention, depending upon the circumstances."
The Executor's Guide: Settling a Loved One's Estate or Trust, Nolo, 2012. Gives an overview to being an executor. Includes information on taking inventory, what to do if there is no will, taxes, claiming benefits and more. Requires Library Card for access.
MUPC Estate Administration Procedural Guide, Administrative Office of the Probate and Family Court, March 2012. This 139-page manual "contains a wealth of information and a detailed description of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code and how it is to be implemented in the Probate and Family Court."
Local User Experts for MUPC Probate Estate and Administration Matters, Mass. Probate and Family Court. Lists local experts within the court on MUPC matters by county.
Procedural Advisory on Estate Administration Matters, Probate and Family Court Department, October 26, 2012. Provides a general summary of changes to the MUPC as a result of St.2012, c.140, signed July 8, 2012. New and revised forms are included in the Court's main MUPC Forms page.
Cosgrove v. Hughes, 78 Mass. App. Ct. 739 (2011). "If a decedent has acknowledged paternity of a person born out of wedlock . . . that person is heir of his father." The child does not have to prove a biological connection.
Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts, MCLE, loose-leaf.
Massachusetts Probate Manual, 3d ed., MCLE, 2012-
The New Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, MCLE, 2011.
The new MUPC is here... and now, MCLE, 2012.
The New MUPC for Paralegals, MCLE, 2011.
Planning for the Vacation Home, MCLE, 2013.
Probate Issues Resolved Under the MUPC: Answers to the informal probate process, at last!, Mass. Bar Institute, 2013.
Trials and Tribulations of Estate Administration Under the MUPC, Suffolk, 2012.