If a Trust is private, how would others know it exists if I pass away?

Typically, your assets, such as a home, bank account, life insurance policy, or retirement account, are somehow connected to the trust, either through the way these assets are owned, or through death beneficiary designations.  This alerts family to the existence of the trust. We recommend that if you have a Trust, you tell your Trustee where you keep the Trust and how to contact your attorney in an emergency.