Living trusts are probably the best-known way to avoid subjecting your family to the hassle and expense of probate court proceedings after your death. But there are many other good probate-avoidance techniques, which you can use in addition to or even instead of a living trust. What's right for you and your family will depend on your unique circumstances.
Here are some easy-to-use methods of avoiding probate for different kinds of assets. Best of all, many of these methods are absolutely free!