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On the other hand, my wife found that dealing with her mother's trust when the mother died (the husband had died earlier) was VERY easy vs potential headaches of a will and probate court, etc. Took maybe 1/2 hour at the bank with the trust and death certificate in hand.

In general, you don't need a trust to avoid potential headaches of probate for anything held at a bank.

Simply naming a beneficiary on your account will take care of things just as easy, will supersede the will/trust, and will avoid probate, all with that same death certificate.

In general, I advise AGAINST the cost of a trust unless you have specific unique needs (spend thrift, disabled adult child, etc.) as you can add a beneficiary to any financial asset and most real property these days (in the majority of states).
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