Otero County Certificate of Trust Form (Colorado)

All Otero County specific forms and documents listed below are included in your immediate download package:

Certificate of Trust Form

Otero County Certificate of Trust Form

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included Otero County compliant document last validated/updated 4/22/2024

Certificate of Trust Guide

Otero County Certificate of Trust Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Otero County compliant document last validated/updated 5/17/2024

Completed Example of the Certificate of Trust Document

Otero County Completed Example of the Certificate of Trust Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Otero County compliant document last validated/updated 6/18/2024

When using these Certificate of Trust forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Otero County. The executed documents should then be recorded in the following office:

Otero County Clerk and Recorder

13 W Third St, La Junta, Colorado 81050

Hours: 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday

Phone: (719) 383-3020

Local jurisdictions located in Otero County include:

  • Cheraw
  • Fowler
  • La Junta
  • Manzanola
  • Rocky Ford
  • Swink

How long does it take to get my forms?

Forms are available immediately after submitting payment.

How do I get my forms, are they emailed?

Immediately after you submit payment, the Otero County forms you order will be available for download directly from your account. You can then download the forms to your computer. If you do not already have an account, one will be created for you as part of the order process, and your login details will be provided to you. If you encounter any issues accessing your forms, please reach out to our support team for assistance. Forms are NOT emailed to you.

What does "validated/updated" mean?

This indicates the most recent date when at least one of the following occurred:

  • Updated: The document was updated or changed to remain compliant.
  • Validated: The document was examined by an attorney or staff, or it was successfully recorded in Otero County using our eRecording service.
Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Otero County?

Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Otero County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.

Can the Certificate of Trust 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 Otero County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Otero County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Colorado or Otero County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.

What type of files are the forms?

All of our Otero County Certificate of Trust forms are PDFs. You will need to have or get Adobe Reader to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I need any special software to use these forms?

You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

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.

Are there any recurring fees involved?

No. Nothing to cancel, no memberships, no recurring fees.

Certification of a Trust in Colorado

When a trustee wishes to conduct business with a bank in the name of a trust, he/she needs to prove his/her authority to do so by producing a certification of trust, governed by C.R.S. 11-105-111 (2017). The certification of trust stands as prima facie evidence of the facts presented within.

Similar to a statement of authority, which identifies a trust and its trustee, and is recorded alongside a conveyance of real property into a trust, the certificate of trust verifies the existence of a trust and a trustee's authority to act on behalf of the trust. However, the certificate of trust is not necessarily recorded, and it provides more information about the trust.

The certificate functions as "evidence of the trust relationship" by presenting essential information about the trust (C.R.S. 11-105-111(1)). It is a summary of the trust agreement conferring administrative powers to the trustee, and sometimes contains excerpts of the relevant information directly from the trust agreement. The certificate does not disclose nonessential provisions of the trust agreement, such as the identity of those having a beneficial interest in the trust, which some may prefer to keep confidential.

A valid certificate contains the trust's name and date, the identities of the settlor and the acting trustee, and the powers of the acting trustee regarding the transaction at hand. In addition, it identifies the trust as either irrevocable or revocable, and confirms who holds a power to revoke the trust, as well as the name by which the trust will hold title to assets. As with other documents affecting real property, the certificate should contain a legal description, including the commonly known street address of the property.

Trust law can quickly become complicated, and each situation is unique, and some lending institutions may require further information to supplement a certificate of trust.

(Colorado Certificate of Trust Package includes form, guidelines, and completed example)

Our Promise

The documents you receive here will meet, or exceed, the Otero County recording requirements for formatting. If there's an issue caused by our formatting, we'll make it right and refund your payment.

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