Using Land Trusts in Colorado

Using land trusts in Colorado is very powerful for the savvy real estate investor. A land trust is a revocable, living trust used specifically for holding title to real estate. Each property is titled in a separate trust, affording maximum privacy and protection.  Also known as an “Illinois Land Trust”, the title-holding land trust is […]

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Land Trust versus Living Trust – What’s the Difference

Many people wonder what’s the differences are of a land trust versus living trust. A “living trust”, by definition, is a trust created while you are alive. Living trusts can be revocable (changeable or amendable) or irrevocable. When using a living, revocable trust for avoiding probate, this popular type of trust is often referred to […]

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Colorado Land Trust

What is a Colorado Land Trust?  If you are looking for a conservation type land trust, you are in the wrong place.  If you are looking for a title-holding, “Illinois type” land trust, you’ve hit the right page! A land trust is a revocable, living trust used specifically for holding title to real estate.  The […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a Land Trust?
    • A land trust (aka "illinois Land Trust") is a revocable, living trust used specifically to hold title to real estate.
  • What is an Illinois Land Trust?
    • Title holding land trusts started in Illinois, hence the name, "Illinois Land Trust". Also known as a title-holding land trust or a "nominee land trust".
  • Are There Other Types of Colorado Land Trusts?
    • Yes, there are conversation land trusts that have nothing to do with title-holding land trusts. You can find out more information at
  • Why Do I Need a Land Trust in Colorado?
    • Land trusts are used in Colorado by real estate owners to keep their ownership of real estate anonymous. Since public records are available to anyone, including lawyers, tenants, and the government, many people use land trusts in Colorado to keep their ownership hidden. For example, an ex-spouse, tenant, plaintiff lawyer or zealous city inspector might want to know what real estate you own. Titling property in a land trust rather than your own name will keep your identity from prying eyes.
  • Does a Land Trust Having Filing Requirements in Colorado?
    • No, a land trust is not an entity like an LLC or corporation, and does not file with the county, state or federal government. It does not have a tax return or tax ID number. A trust is a contract, which is only known to the parties of that contract - the trustee and the beneficiaries. This trust is not registered or recorded with any authority in Colorado.
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