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“Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Bill”
April 2012

Michael A. Gamboli

Governor Patrick recently signed into law “An Act Relative to Gender Identity”. The Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in a variety of areas

“Deadline for Providence Homeowners to Reapply for Homestead Tax Exemption Extended to April 6, 2012”
March 2012

The City of Providence has extended the deadline for Providence homeowners to reapply for the homestead tax exemption from March 15, 2012 to April 6, 2012.

“Report from The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Annual Conference”
March 2012

With the sunset of the 2001 Tax Act and reversion to the pre-2001 estate tax exemptions and rates looming (again) at the end of 2012

“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

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")

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