I think you need a probate attorney. Did your dad die with a will or without a will? Also, if the house is in his name, then it belongs to him, not the trust. If it is only in his name, then it will be subject to the probate process, which requires the collection of all assets and personal property in his estate, and administration according to the terms of his will or California's intestate laws. If the property really is held in a trust, then you will need to make sure you are complying with the terms of the trust as to the disposition of the trust upon death of the settlor. Without knowing anything about the trust or its terms, it is not possible to say whether you are a residual beneficiary with the authority to continue residing int he house or not.
I would encourage you to contact a probate / estate administration lawyer. Speak to people you know and trust to ask for referrals - do not pick one out of a phone book. Also, there are many good lawyers on this site as well. Try to set up a conf. call or meeting and go with the attorney you feel most comfortable with. Their fees will usually be taken out of the value of the estate.
Take care and best of luck to you.
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I am sorry to hear of your loss. The express terms of the Trust instrument or Declaration of Trust will tell you what you need to do with respect to the Trust assets including the house - whether to immediately sell the house and distribute the proceeds or transfer title to someone. If you are the only beneficiary of the Trust you will have more latitude on deciding when to transfer the property, and no one will force you to sell or transfer title to the property. I am not sure how the bank was notified of your father's death, but this sounds like a reverse mortgage, where death of the borrower would accelerate the loan and cause the lender to demand payment in full. As long as you are making the payments on time, the bank may not be too anxious to foreclose. You should see a trusts/real estate attorney for a consultation.
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Westlake Village, CA 91362
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There is such a law and the bank cannot call the loan. I'd you are the sole heir, contact an attorney to draft the necessary paperwork to transfer title to you.
Because your father's trust/estate includes real property, you will definitely want to start working with a trust and estates attorney on this matter.
In addition to your concern about the mortgage, there are documents that will need to be recorded with the county in connection with your father's death, and with you being the trustee (if that is not already a part of the county records). And, if the transfer of the property is from father to children or grandchildren, there is additional paperwork that needs to be completed to avoid reassessment of the property for property tax purposes.
Good luck to you!
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