Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
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If you need a will of a deceased person, you can go to the court house in the county in which they resided prior to their death. A will is a public record so you can access this via the court clerk.
If it is a trust and you are an heir (either by virtue of the trust; or by blood relations) you are entitled to a copy of the trust - at least that portion that affects you.
The trustee is required to provide an accounting to the heirs.
You can bring a motion to compel an accounting if the trustee fails to provide this for you.
If you suspect that the trustee is in breach of his/her fiduciary duties, you can bring a lawsuit requesting her removal. The trustee is personally liable for any damages caused by said breach.
Here is a link to the state bar association. http://www.scbar.org/PublicServices/FindaLawyer.aspx
It would be a good idea to meet with an estate litigation attorney so you can discuss your concerns.
how much will it cost to request a copy of the will and trust and ask for an accounting. I live in Ca, The trustee will give copies to An Attorney, but not me! Ssshe has ripped off my family....I need an Attorney!!!!
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