THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT IS SOLICITING AMICUS BRIEFS OR MEMORANDA FROM INTERESTED PARTIES IN THE FOLLOWING MATTER PENDING BEFORE THE COURT
ARGUMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 2012
Rachel A. Bird Anderson v. BNY Mellon, N.A., trustee & others
This action challenges the constitutionality of St. 2008, c. 524 (An Act Further Regulating the Rights of Adopted Children), effective July 1, 2010, as applicable to pre-1958 trust instruments; whether the testatrix's intention to exclude adopted issue controls her dispositions pursuant to G. L. c. 191, § 1A(2); whether application of the Act is fundamentally unfair where a subsequent generation undertook irrevocable estate planning in reliance on prior law.
Interested parties may file their briefs in the Office of the Clerk for the Commonwealth, John Adams Courthouse, Suite 1-400, Pemberton Square, Boston MA 02108-1724 (Telephone 617-557-1020). Parties filing amicus briefs are expected to comply with the requirements of Rules 17, 19 and 20 of Mass. Rules of Appellate Procedure. Amicus briefs, to assist the court, should focus on the ramifications of a decision and not solely on the interests of the parties filing such briefs.
|Susan Mellen, Clerk|