What is a safe, accessible, and practical place to store a living trust?

I am looking for suggestions (other than a lawyer's office) as where to store a living trust so that if something sudden happens to us (and only then), our successor can access and execute the trust. I am referring to store a notarized paper copy of the trust. In this thread http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/is-a-copy-of-a-notarized-living-trust-as-good-as-t-885304.html it sounded like there will be challenges if the successors use a copy which rule out any digital storing methods (your hard drive, an online storage) . A bank safety box while secure isn't accessible to successors once we are deceased. A home safe is not fireproof and how can we give them the combo-code only after death. Other ideas? Many thanks in advance. Peaple on Avvo rock.

Campbell, CA -

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Benjamin Valdez Platon II

Benjamin Valdez Platon II

Trusts Attorney - Fair Oaks, CA
Answered

Actually, the bank safe deposit box is accessible to the successor trustee and is a very good place to store your original documents. Small fireproof home safe's (like Sentry brand) are also good for the purpose. If you only store your original doc's in such a safe, then there's no reason not to give the combo-code to your successor trustee now, so s/he can access it later.

Brian Mitchell Mekdsy

Brian Mitchell Mekdsy

Trusts Attorney - Marlborough, MA
Answered

I agree with the previous response. You can buy a fireproof safe at many retail stores, such as Home Depot or Lowe's. As far as the combination goes ... you could write a set of instructions detailing any information that your successor would need to know and store that somewhere in your home. Then you could just inform the successor of the location of those instructions. Or you could store those instructions in an encrypted document on your computer or on a removable memory device, providing your successor the necessary information as to its existence and location in the event something happens to you.

The bottom line is that it is really up to you where you store these documents, and how you inform your named successors and executors.

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Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.

Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.

Estate Planning Attorney - Largo, FL
Answered

If you use the safe deposit box-just authorize your PR or successor trustee to open the box with an authorized signatory card on file at the bank.

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