Reading of the Will
There is no legal requirement in California to have an official reading of the will after the testator has died.
Bay Area Lawyers, Protecting Interests of Will Beneficiaries
California law requires that the will be filed with the Superior Court of the county in which the decedent lived. Attorneys will sometimes send copies of the will to the heirs, but it is unlikely that the attorney will hold a meeting for the purpose of reading the will to the family members.
After the will is filed with the Superior Court, it becomes a public document and can be viewed by anyone who goes to the Superior Court and asks to see the file. Convening a meeting for the reading of the will can cause problems if the will does not give equal shares of the estate to family members.
If a probate is held, the will is part of the probate file and can be viewed at the Superior Court. If there is no probate, the will is kept in a separate file, but it remains part of the public record.
There is also no official reading of a trust. However, if the trust has become irrevocable due to the death, the successor trustee is required to notify the beneficiaries and heirs of the decedent that they can request copies of the trust and all of its amendments. The trustee can be liable to the beneficiaries for not notifying them that they can request copies of the trust and all of its amendments.