At this point the lawyer is either representing the successor trustee or no one. The trustee is likely required to provide you with a copy. I would either write to her requesting the copies or have an attorney do it for you. You do not say when your father died. If it was recent, the court might not have a problem with your not having the copie, yet. If the trustee refuses your written request, then I think you are going to need to hire a probate attorney and petition the court.
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Agree that asking first is good policy, but I betcha you'll be heading to probate court to force production of the full document plus accountings.
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I agree with the other two answers-so the answer to your question is-YES-it is typical.
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Under the NC Uniform Trust Code, the Trustee should provide a copy of the Trust instrument upon the reasonable request of a qualified beneficiary. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 36C-8-813. If the Trustee does not produce a copy of the Trust instrument in response to such a request, a qualified beneficiary can initiate an action before the County Clerk to compel the Trustee to do so. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 36C-2-201 et. seq. You should contact a qualified Trust and Estates attorney who has experience in litigating Trust matters.
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Hope and pray that your sister-in-law has an attorney -- and ask that attorney for a copy. Usually it will be forthcoming as you have a clear right (unless the trust was changed).