I was involved in an auto accident in June of 2007. In April of 2008, I filed a declaration of homestead on my primary residence (I am fairly certain that the home is not valued at over $500k). In June of 2010 I was served with a summons, as the other party involved in the 6/2007 accident was seeking damages (personal injury/pain/lost wages....). My question is whether or not my home is protected under the Mass. homestead act, even though I filed after the date of the accident.