I was told by someone but im not actually sure this trust even exists . the trust might of even been created internationally . I was also told I didn't even have to be notified for me to be a beneficiary of a trust . Im also not sure who might of created the trust. How can I find out the exact location of the trust, who created it and what is in the trust and other specific details ?
First of all, if you heard about this trust being created for you and you do not personally know the grantor, you should never give identifying information for payment to the person contacting you. This is a common scam.
That being said, if this is not a scam, it is difficult to track down trusts that would list you as a beneficiary if they have not been entered into public record. I would suggest contacting the person who told you about the trust, and proceed from there. Good luck.
This answer does not form an attorney-client relationship, and is not legal advice. Only an attorney that has agreed to represent you may give you advice specific to your situation.
Generally the grantor of a trust notifies the beneficiaries that a trust was created for their benefit. In your case you may want to follow up with the person who told you there was a trust.
Usually the beneficiary of the Living Trust is the Grantor for as long as he or she lives - or if they are married until the Surviving Spouse passes away and THEN the others (i.e. you) named as beneficiaries stop being 'contingent' beneficiaries and become ACTUAL beneficiaries.
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With all due respect, you have a lot of issues here and need more answers, you seem to just have questions. First, you need to conduct an investigation into wshether you really are a beneficiary of a trust, and first, must find out what type of trust it is and who wrote it ? Then you may be able to determine if it's international or a US Trust. Next, (and probably first) you need to see a good, local, licensed , and reputable estate planning lawyer in your area who can help you answer some of these questions. Like, "When, Where, How, and Who told you you are a beneficiary of this certain created trust?" Check the Find a Lawyer tab here in Avvo and good luck. Sometimes good estate planning lawyers have excellent research or investigative people seek out the answers you are asking. Best to you.
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