Please do not lose the trust deed! There are many issues that can arise if you lose the signed deed, including re-settlements and the validity of the deed itself.
To avoid losing the deed, do these things:
- After the deed has been signed by the settlor and trustees, scan it and distribute the deed to trusted parties – an accountant, lawyer and of course, the trustee and settlor
- Don’t keep all copies of the deed in one place – for example, filed in one location and on a hard drive kept in that same place
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Updated — Sep 7, 2015