What is the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code?

M.G.L. c. 190B, or Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) is a set of laws that deals with what happens after someone passes away. It covers things like wills, trusts, and how property and assets are distributed. The law came into effect in two stages: in July 2009, the parts related to the care of someone unable to look after themselves became active, and the rest of the law became active in April 2012.

When someone dies, their estate – everything they owned – needs to be handled. The MUPC provides guidelines for this process. The MUPC also sets rules for appointing guardians and conservators for those who can’t take care of themselves due to incapacity. The focus is on what’s best for the person who needs assistance. The MUPC does away with certain archaic terminology. The individual creating the will is now referred to as the “testator” regardless of gender. Thus, the term ‘testatrix’ has been discontinued in the MUPC.

Massachusetts decided to keep some of its own historical laws alongside the MUPC, making its approach unique. The MUPC makes estate matters clearer, protects vulnerable individuals, and ensures a fair process for everyone involved. If you’re dealing with these issues, consulting a qualified attorney is essential. Any kind of legal issue can be very complicated (wills and trusts are no exception), so obtaining professional advice is necessary.