When you have a California living trust, generally the trust is revocable while you are alive. That means no one has the right to ask to see it and it’s contents remain private. However, when either you or your spouse dies, a part or all of your California living trust becomes irrevocable. Once your trust becomes irrevocable, it’s contents are no longer private and any beneficiary can request a copy of it. California Probate Code Section 16061.5(a) provides that:
“When a revocable trust or any portion of a revocable trust becomes irrevocable because of the death of one or more of the settlors of the trust, or because, by the express terms of the trust, the trust becomes irrevocable within one year of the death of a settlor because of a contingency related to the death of one or more of the settlors of the trust, the trustee shall provide a true and complete copy of the terms of the irrevocable trust, or irrevocable portion of the trust, to any beneficiary of the trust who requests it and to any heir of a deceased settlor who requests it.”
A California probate attorney may be helpful in this and other estate matters. For a consultation, call Mitchell A. Port at (310) 559-5259.