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“Providence Homeowners Must Reapply for Homestead Tax Exemption by March 15, 2012”
March 2012

In an effort to prevent Providence R.I. homeowners from subsidizing the homestead exemption for landlords and non-resident owners

“Payroll Tax Cut Extended – New Form Issued for Employers”
February 2012

Kimberly I. McCarthy

On Wednesday, February 22, 2012, Congress passed a law extending the 2% payroll tax cut through the end of this year.

“Deadline to Make Portability Election Extended”
February 2012

The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance which allows estates of individuals who died during the first six months of 2011 to extend the deadline to make a port2010ability election.

“Massachusetts Division of Banks Withdraws Right to Cure Regulation and Form”
February 2012

On January 31, 2012, the Massachusetts Division of Banks temporarily withdrew the Right to Cure Regulation which contained a form of 150-day/90-day Right to Cure Notice (209 CMR 56.00).

“Reviewing Your Estate Plan is One Resolution You'll Want to Keep in 2012”
January 2012

New Year's resolutions typically center around improving physical, emotional and financial well-being.

“Federal Court Judge Appoints Special Master”
January 2012

David J. Pellegrino

On January 5, 2012, U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. issued an order appointing Ms. Merrill W. Sherman special master over a docket of cases consolidated as In re: Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

“Important Changes to Federal Bankruptcy Rules Effective December 1, 2011”
November 2011

Mortgage holders and servicers should prepare for important changes to Federal Bankruptcy Rules of Procedure ("FRBP")

“Deadline Extended for Form 8939 and Penalty Relief for Beneficiaries of 2010 Decedents’ Estates”
September 2011

Brian J. Reilly

The IRS recently announced that the due date for filing Form 8939 (Allocation of Increase in Basis for Property Acquired from a Decedent) has been extended from November 15, 2011 to January 17, 2012.

“Rhode Island Extends 45-day, Pre-Foreclosure Disclosure Requirements to Certain Commercial Mortgages”
October 2011

The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Division of Banking (the “DBR”), has amended Banking Regulation 5 that promulgates the requirements and form of the pre-foreclosure notice to individual consumer mortgagors of residential real estate.

“Title to Foreclosed Properties in Doubt as a Result of Recent Massachusetts Decision”
October 2011

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) has released its long-awaited decision in the case of Bevilacqua v. Rodriguez (“Bevilacqua”)


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