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These rules combine the present General Rules of the Probate Court with the present Supplemental Rules of the Probate Court. The name of the court is brought up to date, contradictions in the rules are eliminated, and more consistency with the Mass.R.Civ.P. and Mass.R.Dom.Rel.P. is achieved. Rules which relate to statutes long since repealed are eliminated. Rules required by G. L. c. 190B , the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, are added. All General Rules of the Probate Court and Supplemental Rules of the Probate Court are now Supplemental Rules of the Probate and Family Court.

  • Rule 1: Effect of Rules
  • Rule 2: Appearances
  • Rule 3: Giving Service of Notice
  • Rule 4: [Repealed]
  • Rule 5: Guardians Ad Litem
  • Rule 6: Citations: Return Days; Service; Publication
  • Rule 7: Amendments
  • Rule 7A: Time
  • Rule 8: Further Notice
  • Rule 9: [Repealed]
  • Rule 10: [Repealed]
  • Rule 11: [Repealed]
  • Rule 12: [Repealed]
  • Rule 13: Examination of Witnesses
  • Rule 14: Writ of Protection
  • Rule 15: Interlocutory Hearings
  • Rule 16: Will Contests
  • Rule 17: Foreign Law
  • Rule 18: Appointment of Stenographers
  • Rule 19: Report of Evidence
  • Rule 20: Appointment and Compensation of Masters
  • Rule 21: Hearings Before Masters
  • Rule 22: [Repealed]
  • Rule 23: [Repealed]
  • Rule 24: Masters
  • Rule 25: Recording of Papers
  • Rule 26: Exhibits
  • Rule 27: [Repealed]
  • Rule 27A: Depositions and Discovery
  • Rule 27B: Summary Judgment
  • Rule 27C: Summary Judgment Procedure
  • Rule 28: Signatures to Pleadings
  • Rule 28A: Certificates of Service
  • Rule 29: Service and Giving of Notice
  • Rule 29A: [Repealed and renumbered as Rule 72A]
  • Rule 29B: Temporary Conservatorships and Guardianships
  • Rule 29C: Uniform Forms
  • Rule 29D: Notice Regarding Appointment of Counsel
  • Rule 30: Dismissal of Abandoned Appeals
  • Rule 31: Pre-Trial Procedure
  • Rule 32-39: Not Used
  • Rule 40: Assignment of Cases for Trial: Continuances
  • Rule 41-42: Not Used
  • Rule 43: Evidence
  • Rule 44: Proof of Official Records
  • Rule 45: Subpoena
  • Rule 46: Exceptions Unnecessary
  • Rule 47-51: Not Used
  • Rule 52: Findings by the Court
  • Rule 53-58: Not Used
  • Rule 59: New Trials: Amendment of Judgments
  • Rule 60: Relief from Judgment or Order
  • Rule 61: Harmless Error
  • Rule 62-69: Not Used
  • Rule 70: MUPC Magistrates; Scope of Delegable Duties; Effect of Decree and Orders Entered in Formal Proceedings
  • Rule 71: Not Used
  • Rule 72: Allowance of Accounts
  • Rule 72A: Content of Accounts
  • Rule 73-89: Not Used
  • Rule 90: Resignation of Personal Representative
  • Rule 91-100: Not Used
  • Rule 101: [Repealed] See Rules 15 and 29.
  • Rule 102: [Repealed] See Rule 8.
  • Rule 103: [Repealed] See Rule 14.
  • Rules 104-200: Not Used
  • Rule 201: Recording of Court Proceedings
  • Rule 202: [Repealed] See Rule 18.
  • Rule 203: [Repealed] See Rule 26.
  • Rule 204: [Repealed] See Rule 29C.
  • Rule 205-400: Not Used
  • Rule 401: Financial Statement
  • Rule 402: Assignment of Counsel
  • Rule 403: [Repealed]
  • Rule 404: Charges of Adultery or Criminal Acts
  • Rule 405: Notice to Person Charged with Adultery or Criminal Act
  • Rule 406: Allowance for Fees, Costs, and Expenses
  • Rule 407: [Deleted]
  • Rule 408: Dismissal of Inactive Cases
  • Rule 409: [Repealed] See Standing Order 1-06.
  • Rule 410: Mandatory Self-Disclosure
  • Rule 411: Automatic Restraining Order
  • Rule 412: Uncontested Actions to Modify a Judgment or Order