Trying to find out if my started a trust fund for my kids 28 years ago
You are talking about events long ago and I assume that you do not have your father's vital papers. However, there are three things you might try. If there was a trust fund, the bank or other financial institution would have sent him Form 1099s. IF you have his tax returns for the last several years of his life, look for 1099s that are addressed to "Trustee of the (Dad's Name) Trust." That will give you a starting point.
If his estate was probated, go to the county courthouse and review the court file.
It is possible that some of your father's accounts were turned over to the state or commonwealth where he lived. That happens when there is no activity for a certain number of years. Each state has a department for abandoned or lost property. Search for your father's name and possible beneficiaries' names on the state's abandoned property webpage. https://www.patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property/finder/
I am having trouble getting into the Pennsylvania government site today. It may be down. Try next week.
Attorney Payne gave you a good answer. Here's the link to the PA Treasury Unclaimed Property search page. The one he gave you is for Finders rather than for members of the public to search. https://www.patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property/
Please note that the above answer is not to be construed as legal advice, nor do you and I have an attorney-client relationship based on this answer. It is my personal opinion based on your question, and it was given without obtaining the detailed information that I would normally request in order to render comprehensive legal advice. I advise you to consult with a local attorney of your choosing to obtain individual legal advice.
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