Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009
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Photograph by Eugena Ossi, Governor’s Office
From left to right: Uniform Law Commissioner Robert Sitkoff, Uniform Law Commissioner Stephen Chow, MBA President-Elect Valerie A. Yarashus, Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula Carey, Norfolk Register of Probate Patrick McDermott, Gov. Deval Patrick, MBA General Counsel and Acting Executive Director Martin W. Healy, Rep. William Brownsberger, attorney Raymond Young, attorney Mark Leahy, Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty and Boston Bar Association President Kathy Weinman.

Gov. Patrick welcomes Uniform Probate Code supporters to bill signing ceremony

MBA fought for UPC passage for 20 years

Gov. Deval Patrick recently held a signing ceremony in his office for the passage of the Uniform Probate Code. The legislation simplifies and modernizes the state’s probate system and makes it uniform with those in other states. It will also add protections for those under guardianship and the beneficiaries of trusts, ease the administration of probate matters for judges and court personnel, and reduce delays for citizens.

The Massachusetts Bar Association and other organizations fought for its passage for 20 years, and the MBA’s House of Delegates approved the UPC 10 years ago. Some provisions will go into effect on July 1, 2009, followed by the remainder on July 1, 2011.

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