Re: Finding Trustees - Posted by Jim FL
Posted by Jim FL on May 29, 2006 at 17:13:03:
Since you already know a trust owns the property, perhaps this is advice too late, but where do the tax bills get sent, and are they current?
If they are, mail something there.
Also, how long has the property been vacant?
Talk to neighbors, they may know who owns it, or relatives of the title holder.
Is the trustee a person, or an entity?
If an entity, simply figuring out where its registered (what state), can yield a search direction.
If a person, skip trace them, its not that expensive, most can be done for less than $100.
Also, see if there were any court actions filed with regard to the property, a past foreclosure, or eviction, even better, would perhaps lead you to a contact.
Who prepared the deed transferring title to the trust?
Was this done a long time ago? (as in, more than 10 years?), or more recent?
Many times, the deed is stamped with contact info for an attny who prepared the deed etc, they may help, or at the least, take your contact info, and pass it on to their former client.
Also, check past utility bills etc, some locales, this is public record, and can be obtained with a freedom of info request from the city/county, water, electric etc.
See who had the last account there, and if the billing address was different from the property address?
Aside from that, a return address request or whatever they call it at the post office to the last known address of the owner might get you forwarding info.
Good luck, and HTH a little,