NOT RECORDED: Estate planning documents are private, and although the deed transferring title of the house into the trust is recorded, no other documents usually are. So if any of these documents are lost, one cannot rely on the County Recorder's Office to produce a workable copy.
REPRINT IS AN OPTION: Any attorney worth his weight in salt will at least have an electronic version of the documents that were prepared for you, and reprinting that document and re-signing and re-notarizing is an option.
IN THE EVENT OF DEATH: If a copy of the estate plan is nowhere to be found, and the client is either deceased or incapacitated, then the options are almost completely dissolved. In some cases the attorney is able to produce the electronic file, and a court of competent jurisdiction does have the authority to certify it as the trust that is to be administered. But that, of course, is a court proceeding which is never certain, costs money, and produces unnecessary delays--something that we have been trying to avoid all along. One can also reach out to banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, etc. as occasionally they will have requested a copy at one time or another, and may have a copy on file.
CONCLUSION: Keep tabs on where your trust is located, and in the event of an emergency, your estate plan should be one of the first things that is taken with you. If you do not know where your documents are, now would be a good time to look for them, or contact the attorney that originally drafted them.