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Massachusetts Estate Tax:
Massachusetts has the nation’s lowest threshold for its state estate tax, which kicks in at only $1,000,000. This threshold has been stagnant since 2006, despite efforts on Beacon Hill to update the law. In 2019, the Senate established a “Revenue Working Group” to study revenue statewide, however the COVID-19 pandemic stymied those efforts. Thereafter, in 2022, Beacon Hill appeared poised to update it, however in the overnight hours of August 1, 2022 lawmakers failed to reach an agreement (the apparent frontrunner proposal was to update the threshold to $2,000,000). Today, the law remains unchanged with the threshold at $1,000,000.

Virtual Notarization, Witnessing & Signing:
Massachusetts enacted “An Act providing for virtual notarization to address challenges related to COVID-19” on April 23, 2020, becoming the 45th U.S. State to permit virtual notarization. The Act amended Chapter 222 of the General Laws, by adding videoconferencing capabilities for signing certain legal documents, including estate planning and real estate documents, during the Governor’s COVID-19 Pandemic State of Emergency (March 10, 2020 through June 15, 2021).
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact:
The Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) Ordered courthouses state-wide to be closed to the public (March 16th and 17th, 2020), and only conduct business on emergency matters for a period of time including 2020 and 2021, in a series of Orders.

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Continuing Legal Education “CLE”, Legal Clinics & Seminars:
Attorney Younger will be presenting at the following CLE courses in 2022:

Free Legal Clinic (Beverly Council on Aging) 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM:
  • January 21, 2022
  • April 15, 2022
  • July 15, 2022
  • October 21, 2022
To register for the Legal Clinic, please call: 978-921-6062.