Uniform Laws Update: 2020 Legislative Update

Uniform Laws Update provides information on uniform and model state laws in development as they apply to property, trust, and estate matters. The editors of Probate & Property welcome information and suggestions from readers.

The unprecedented pandemic that caused many of us to change our work environments in 2020 also had significant effects on state legislatures. Nearly all the states that were in session last winter recessed in March 2020 under mandated or recommended social distancing protocols. Some legislatures reconvened later in the year with a more limited legislative agenda, but others implemented new rules to allow legislators to meet remotely. Much legislation deemed not to be essential was deferred for consideration in 2021, including many bills to adopt uniform acts.

This edition of Uniform Laws Update reviews the limited 2020 legislative activity for uniform acts involving real property law and trust and estate law. The enactment data includes activity from October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020. Any bills enacted after September 30 will be counted as part of the Uniform Law Commission’s 2021 legislative statistics.

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