How to check for existance of an object without having to create a new object each time

Hello,
I'm new to C# and I am a little confused about how to correctly check for an existing instance of an object before deciding to create a new object.  In the code below I want to check if the object already exists (SavedTransaction !=null) and if it does exist then I want to set "MyTrans" to "SavedTransaction". However this code results in the return value "MyTrans" not existing in the current context.
       
public Transaction GetTransaction(string selectedCompany, string selectedTransId)
{

    List<TransactionSeq> TransRecord = new List<TransactionSeq>();  

    // Check if an instance already exists 
    if (SavedTransaction == null)
    {
        Transaction MyTrans = new Transaction();
        SavedTransaction = MyTrans;
    }
    else

    {Transaction MyTrans = SavedTransaction; }

    // If company or transaction is null then Load "LOGIN"
    if (selectedCompany == null || selectedTransId == null)
    {
        selectedCompany = "99999";
        selectedTransId = "LOGIN";
    }

    LoadUserDtls(selectedCompany,  selectedTransId);

    return MyTrans;
}

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If I pull the object creation up  as follows then this resolves the issue of scope
       
public Transaction GetTransaction(string selectedCompany, string selectedTransId)
{
    Transaction MyTrans = new Transaction();
    List<TransactionSeq> TransRecord = new List<TransactionSeq>();  

    // Check if an instance already exists 
    if (SavedTransaction == null)
    {
         MyTrans = new Transaction();
        SavedTransaction = MyTrans;
    }
    else

    {MyTrans = SavedTransaction; }

    // If company or transaction is null then Load "LOGIN"
    if (selectedCompany == null || selectedTransId == null)
    {
        selectedCompany = "99999";
        selectedTransId = "LOGIN";
    }

    LoadUserDtls(selectedCompany,  selectedTransId);

    return MyTrans;
}

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However this means that I always create a new object even when the object already exists and I want to use the existing instance. Is there any way around this ?

regards
Pat
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
public Transaction GetTransaction(string selectedCompany, string selectedTransId)
        {
            Transaction MyTrans;  //just declare the object and don't create a new instance here               = new Transaction();
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