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Estate Planning Update – Estate Recovery Alert

Governor Baker’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget includes a proposal that would allow Mass Health estate recovery from non-probate assets.  The current law defines an “estate” against which recovery can be made as “all real and personal property and other assets includable in the decedent’s probate estate under the General Laws”.  Governor Baker’s proposal would apply […]

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LEGAL UPDATE: New Massachusetts Homestead Legislation Signed Into Law

On December 16, 2010 Governor Patrick signed into law “An Act Relative to the Estate of Homestead”, a comprehensive revision of the Massachusetts declaration of homestead law. Under prior law, a declaration of homestead protected up to $500,000 of equity in your primary residence.  This protection was available only if the homeowner actually filed a declaration […]

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Legal Update – Massachusetts Adopts Additional Foreclosure Requirements

The Massachusetts legislature recently enacted emergency legislation which requires lenders to comply with new rules before foreclosing on a residential property.  The new law essentially (i) expands existing pre-foreclosure notice requirements and (ii) creates a new statutory chapter granting additional protections to tenants impacted by foreclosures. Pre-Foreclosure Notice Requirements. The new bill, S 2407, (Chapter […]

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Legal Update – CORI Law

On August 6, 2010, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law long-promised amendments to the Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information law, commonly referred to as the CORI law.  The amendments are generally effective as of February 6, 2012.  However, the amendments relating to written employment applications become effective on November 4, 2010.  These changes will have […]

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