Skip to main content

How can you find out if a Trust has been registered to probate court?

Traverse City, MI |

The trustee is telling the beneficiaries the trust is private, if the trust has never been rgistered, does that mean we as beneficiaries have no right to ask the trustee about what bills if any have been paid, funeral expenses, medical, head stone that was ored but never paid for, and why we haven't recieved a copy of the trust?

+ Read More

Attorney answers 2


The will is filed with the probate court, the trust is not. The executor of the estate must account for the estate administration and you can demand an accounting of all activities related to the estate. As a beneficiary of the trust, you should demand a copy of the trust. I am not a MI lawyer so I can not advise as to the legal requirements as to providing such notice. But the goal here is that the trustee's activities should be transparent and readily reviewable not secretive. For all of these reasons, you need to retain an estates attorney to protect your interests and get this trustee to be more open with YOUR assets that are in his safekeeping.

Hope this helps. If you think this post was helpful, please check the thumbs up (helpful) tab below. Thanks.
Mr. Fromm is licensed to practice law in PA with offices in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties in the state of Pennsylvania. He phone number is 215-735-2336 and his email address is listed below.
Mr. Fromm is ethically required to state that the response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/ client relationship. Also, there are no recognized legal specialties under Pennsylvania law. Any references to a trust, estate or tax lawyer refer only to the fact that Mr. Fromm limits his practice to these areas of the law. These responses are only in the form of legal education and are intended to only provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and timelines that if known could significantly change the reply or make such reply unsuitable. Mr. Fromm strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in their state in order to ensure proper advice is received.
By using this site you understand and agree that there is no attorney client relationship or confidentiality between you and the attorney responding. This site should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed attorney that practices in the subject area in your jurisdiction, who is familiar with your specific facts and all of the circumstances and with whom you have an attorney client relationship. The law changes frequently and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The information and materials provided are general in nature, and may not apply to a specific factual or legal circumstance described in the question or omitted from the question.
Circular 230 Disclaimer - Any information in this comment may not be used to eliminate or reduce penalties by the IRS or any other governmental agency.


Trust registration in Michigan is optional unless the trust requires it. However the Trustee has a duty to keep the beneficiaries informed (unless the trust states otherwise-which is unusual). Write the trustee and request a copy of the trust as well as the income and expenditures of the trust. Set a deadline in your letter like 21 days, then if you do not have your information, hire a local probate attorney to file a petition with the probate court in the county in which the grantor (person who created the trust) resides.

Wills and estates topics

Recommended articles about Wills and estates

What others are asking

Can't find what you're looking for?

Post a free question on our public forum.

Ask a Question

- or -

Search for lawyers by reviews and ratings.

Find a Lawyer