How would I locate the trust information for a property?

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How would I locate the trust information for a property?

Asked on October 3, 2012 under Estate Planning, California

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Catherine Blackburn / Blackburn Law Firm

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I do not know the state or locality where you live, and I'm not sure I understand your question.  If you are talking about real property (land and homes), then the county recorder for the county in which the property resides will have a record of the deed for the property.  This is a public record and often available online.  If it is not available online, you can visit the recorder's office and obtain a copy.  The deed will tell you if the property is owned by a trust or by an individual.

If the property is owned by an individual, it would have to be retitled in the name of the trust to be subject to the trust.  This can be done by a deed or by a will.  A will is not a public document until it is admitted to probate after the testator's death, so you cannot find out the contents until then (or unless someone voluntarily shows you the will).


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