IMPORTANT CONVEYANCING DATES

Short Forms Act
January 1, 1913 – MGLA Chap. 183, S. 8 now requires no words of inheritance only the work "grant" in deed.  Before this date "habenhum clause" required the word heirs to create a fee.

Consideration
October 9, 1967 – Recital of full consideration required for recording – MGLA Chap. 183, S. 6.  Tax stamps need only be paid on equity being conveyed.  If sold subject to outstanding mortgage deed stamps are determined by subtracting outstanding balance on the mortgage from the sale price (Chap. 64D, S.1).

Grantees Address
September 19, 1967 – Requires street address of grantee to be recorded – MGLA Chap. 183, S. 6

Street Address
October 1, 1979 – All instruments shall contain the street address of the property – preferably in the margin – MGLA Chap. 183, S. 6B. and Chap. 185, S. 61A

Dower and Curtesy
January 1, 1966 – After this date it exists only in land owned at death – MGLA Chap. 189, S. 1.  Prior to this date it may exist in any unreleased property but claim must be filed for record within ten (10) years of death of ten (10) years from recording of deed out, whichever comes first.

Wills
1842 – before this date married woman couldn't make will.
1842-50 – can make will with consent of husband.
1850 – after this date married woman has full right to make a will.

Deeds Between Husband and Wife
April 20, 1912 – prior deeds invalid; subsequent deeds are good after recording.

Married Women
1845 – deeds before this were invalid unless signed by husband
1845-1889 – some deeds regarding separate property were o.k. – some still required signature of spouse

Partnerships
1922 – all deeds prior to this date must be signed by all partners.  Since 1922 title may be held in name of the partnership and conveyed by any partner.

Intestate Share of Spouse (Chap. 190, S. 1)
With Issue:  before January 1, 1902 they got no fee only dower or curtesy.

After 1902 they get 1/3 of estate.

No Issue but Kindred:  1836 to April 22, 1880 – nothing

April 22, 1880 to February 1, 1882 – realty up to $5,000

February 1, 1882 to January 1, 1902 – realty up to $5,000 plus life estate in ½ of remainder.

1902 to 1917 - $5,000 plus full ½ of remainder.

1917 to 1945 - $5,000 plus all of remainder.  

1945 to 1957 - $10,000 plus all of remainder.

1957 to 1970 - $25,000 plus all of remainder.

1971 to  - $50,000 plus ½ of all remainder.

1987 to - $200,000 plus ½ of all remainder.

With Issue since 1987–½ of all remainder both real and personal

Seals
June 9, 1929 – prior to this date, deeds required an adhesive seal; subsequent thereto a recital of instrument under seal is o.k.

Towns
January 1, 1921 – prior to this date towns and proprietors of common lands could convey by vote recorded in clerk's office.  Now a deed is required.

Voluntary, Unincorporated Association
Cannot hold or convey title without a statute – see MGLA Chap. 68, S. 12

January 22, 1964 – prior mortgages to spouse were invalid – see MGLA Chap. 209, S. 2