Are wills dispersing family trust after death of member of trust become public documents in Colorado?

In the case of a family trust set up. When a member of that trust passes away. Is it required that the will of the person that passes away be filed or registered as some type of a public document. State of residence is/was Colorado.

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One Response to “Are wills dispersing family trust after death of member of trust become public documents in Colorado?”

  1. Caroline Says:

    Generally speaking a Will is a public document that must be filed with the Court. I’m not sure what you mean by a "member of that trust" as you could mean a Trustee (who is responsible for disbursing the Trust assets, not dispersing, by the way) or you could mean a beneficiary (someone who inherits part or all of the Trust). If a Trustee dies, his or her Will has no bearing on the Trust itself as he or she was only performing a service for the Trust. If a Trust beneficiary dies, then depending on how the Trust addresses deceased beneficiaries, that person’s Will also has no bearing on the Trust. If you’re talking about a Revocable Trust (not created in a Will, a separate document entirely) that does NOT have to be filed with the Court as it’s a private document. Hope that helped.