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California - Orange County Certificate of Trust Form

All Orange County specific forms listed below are included in your immediate download:


Orange County Certificate of Trust Form Page 1

Certificate of Trust Form - Orange County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 10/21/2020


Orange County Certificate of Trust Guide Page 1

Certificate of Trust Guide - Orange County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 10/21/2020


Orange County Completed Example of the Certificate of Trust Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Certificate of Trust Document - Orange County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 10/23/2020


*The Following California and Orange County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Preliminary Change of Ownership Form

Preliminary Change of Ownership Form

This is a required form, due at the time of recording. There is a $20.00 penalty fee for non-compliance.


Parent to Child Exclusion

Parent to Child Exclusion

The law requires transferor(s)/seller(s) to sign a claim for a reassessment exclusion for transfers between parent(s) and child(ren). Signatures from both the transferor(s) and transferee(s) are required to complete your claim.


Grandparent to Grandchild Exclusion

Grandparent to Grandchild Exclusion

The law requires transferor(s)/seller(s) to sign a claim for a reassessment exclusion for transfers between grandparent(s) and grandchild(ren). Signatures from both the transferor(s) and transferee(s) are required to complete your claim.


Change in Ownership Statement Death of Real Property Owner

Change in Ownership Statement Death of Real Property Owner

This form is used by the personal representative of the deceased property owner, who files this statement with the Orange County Assessor to request a Completed Change in Ownership Statement.


Affidavit of Cotenant Residency

Affidavit of Cotenant Residency

If one of two equal co-owners, referred to as cotenant, dies, the real property transfers to the other cotenant. Provided the criteria listed on the form are met, the surviving cotenant may file the affidavit in order to claim exclusion from reassessment and prevent an increase in property taxes.


Transfer Tax

Transfer Tax

If your conveyance is exempt, you need the R&T Code of the applicable exemption and a brief explanation. Both are provided on this list.


Building Homes and Jobs Act

Building Homes and Jobs Act

The state of California has recently enacted the Building Homes and Jobs Act, effective January 1, 2018.


Notary Certificates

Notary Certificates

The supplemental forms in this section can be used as loose certificates by California notaries.


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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long does it take to get my forms?
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  • What are supplemental forms?
    • Often when a deed is recorded additional documents are required by the state or local jurisdiction. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.
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  • Can the forms be re-used?
    • Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in a given county that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in that county.
  • Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Orange County ?
    • Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Orange County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.
  • Do I have to enter all of my property information online?
    • No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.
  • Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?
    • Yes, you can save your deed form at any point with your information in it. The forms can also be emailed, blank or complete, as attachments.
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  • Are there any recurring fees involved?
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Areas covered by these Certificate of Trust Forms:

  • Orange County

Including:

  • Aliso Viejo
  • Anaheim
  • Atwood
  • Brea
  • Buena Park
  • Capistrano Beach
  • Corona Del Mar
  • Costa Mesa
  • Cypress
  • Dana Point
  • East Irvine
  • El Toro
  • Foothill Ranch
  • Fountain Valley
  • Fullerton
  • Garden Grove
  • Huntington Beach
  • Irvine
  • La Habra
  • La Palma
  • Ladera Ranch
  • Laguna Beach
  • Laguna Hills
  • Laguna Niguel
  • Laguna Woods
  • Lake Forest
  • Los Alamitos
  • Midway City
  • Mission Viejo
  • Newport Beach
  • Newport Coast
  • Orange
  • Placentia
  • Rancho Santa Margarita
  • San Clemente
  • San Juan Capistrano
  • Santa Ana
  • Seal Beach
  • Silverado
  • Stanton
  • Sunset Beach
  • Surfside
  • Trabuco Canyon
  • Tustin
  • Villa Park
  • Westminster
  • Yorba Linda

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What is the California Certificate of Trust?

California Certification of Trust

In California, the certification of trust is governed by Probate Code Section 18100.5.
A certificate of trust is used by an acting trustee or trustees of a trust to prove to financial institutions or other third parties that he/she/they has/have the authority to act on behalf of the trust. The certificate is used in lieu of the full trust document to keep nonessential information about the trust, such as the identities of trust beneficiaries, confidential.

The certificate verifies the existence of the trust and presents the pertinent details of the trust, such as the settlor, the trustee, the powers granted to the trustee, and, in the case that there are co-trustees, the number and identity of persons required to sign legal documents dealing with the trust. The certificate also specifies how the trust will vest title to real property.

Like all documents affecting real estate, the certification requires a legal description of the real property subject to the trust. In California, the certification also must include the trust's taxpayer ID, a number that is either the SSN of the settlor (in the case of revocable trusts) or an EIN assigned by the IRS (in the case of irrevocable trusts).
Trust law can quickly become complicated, and each case is unique, so contact a lawyer with any questions that arise.

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