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... irrational aversion to trusts, too complicated ...

Not irrational at all. Trusts were too complicated, and each lawyer created his own, there was no standard.
Now there's a uniform (for the USA) Trust standard, with slight variations depending on state, and more potential variations based on individual's circumstances and wishes.

Still not a magic wand, but worth considering, even if you do ultimately decide that a simple will combined with POD's is your best course.
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