Typically, North Carolina trusts are private documents not available for public review. However, there are circumstances when information regarding trusts becomes a matter of public record. For example, when a trust sells real estate, the trustee usually must attach a certificate of trust to the deed that transfers the property. The deed and certificate are generally recorded together in the county's public land records. A certificate of trust reveals limited information such as the date the trust was created, the name of its creator and trustee, and the powers granted to the trustee.