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Are Living Trusts Public or Private Records? Find Out More

One common question our law office receives is what you just read in the headline: “is a living trust a public or private record?” Most

people assume they are public records similar to a will and that they must be lodged with the courts.


However, that statement is NOT True! Living Trust are NOT required to be public records and are in fact designed to be private documents

for the eyes of family members and beneficiaries only. Probate is a public process and can bring on scrutiny for high profile cases (think

celebrity deaths), but one of the biggest benefits of drafting a living trust is to ensure that the matters of your estate can be kept private.


Once you create a living trust, it needs to be funded in order to work. Think of a trust as a safe. In order for a safe to be effective you must

place items inside so they can be protected. After you have create a trust, you must change the title on all your assets and accounts to the

name of your trust—which includes real estate, bank accounts, and other property.


In short, your property will be owned by the living trust and outside people can find that information about since titles are public records, but

they cannot look anything further into your trust and how those assets are set to be distributed upon your passing.


Start a Living Trust Today!


For more information about living trusts contact Elder Law Services at (800) 403-6078 for a FREE consultation with an expert estate

planning attorney. We look forward to working with you.

Serving Our Community Since 1995

Elder Law Services of California, APLC provides the same strategic planning and legal representative of larger firms, yet in a personalized, family-like manner. Our priority is to provide the highest level of legal services and client satisfaction when representing your Medi-Cal Planning, Estate Planning, Trust Administration, or Probate cases. Above all, we understand the importance of you and your family’s financial future and legal security.

Our team of Attorneys and legal support staff have assisted thousands of different families by giving them the freedom to plan for the security of their future, while also providing peace of mind with our experienced legal advice. As our name, Elder Law Services of California, APLC serves all families in California, with convenient locations throughout Los Angeles, as well as locations in Northern California, and San Diego.

Whether you need to qualify for Medi-Cal, pay for long-term care, create an estate plan and powers of attorney, proceed a conservatorship, protect your assets, or deal with the loss of a loved one, our team is there for you every step of the way. Sadly, many families are unprepared for any significant planning for their future, so take the first step today to protect your family’s integrity.

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