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Assignment is an amendment that purports to reflect an assignment of all or a part of a secured party’s power to authorize an amendment to a financing statement.
Continuation means an amendment that purports to continue the effectiveness of a financing statement.
Electronic Transmission means any method accepted by the Secretary of the Commonwealth for the transmission by electronic format of financing statements, request for information or associated information.
File Number means the unique identifying information assigned to a UCC record by the filing officer for the purpose of identifying the record in the filing officer’s information management system.
Filing Office and Filing Officer mean the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Filing Officer Statement means a statement entered into the filing office's UCC information management system to correct an error made by the filing officer.
Financing Statement means a record or records composed of an initial financing statement and any filed records relating to the initial financing statement.
Individual means a human being, or a decedent in the case of a debtor that is such decedent’s estate.
Information Statement means a UCC record that indicates that a financing statement is inaccurate or wrongfully filed.
Initial Financing Statement means a financing statement containing the information required by M.G.L. c. 106, § 9-502, which, when filed, creates the initial record in the Uniform Commercial Code information management system.
Legible means a communication which may be understood. It is not limited to refer only to written expressions on paper: it requires a machine-readable transmission for electronic transmissions and an otherwise readily decipherable transmission in other cases.
Organization means a legal person who is not an individual as defined in 950 CMR 140.02.
Secured Party of Record means, with respect to a financing statement, a person whose name is provided as the name of a secured party or a representative of the secured party in an initial financing statement that has been filed. A secured party of record includes a person who has been a secured party of record where an amendment has been filed purporting to delete them as a secured party of record.
Termination means an amendment intended to indicate either that it is a termination statement or that the related financing statement is no longer effective with respect to the secured party authorizing the termination.
Through Date means the latest date and time for which all records have been entered into the Uniform Commercial Code information management system.
UCC means the Uniform Commercial Code as enacted in Massachusetts and in effect from time to time.