Whenever I work with a client on estate planning issues, my tendency is to keep things as simple as possible. If the client doesn't need any complex planning, then we don't do it. And, in my practice, rarely does a client actually have such a need. The result is a more streamlined planning process that is easier on the client, and the client's wallet.
It seems that Sandra Block from Kiplinger's magazine (June 2013) just might agree with me. In her article, Why You Don't Need a Living Trust, Block points out several reasons that living trusts might not be what someone needs, and that there might be lower-cost alternatives that will achieve the same objective. Among the points she notes are that not all assets go through probate and probate doesn't have to be complicated, you have to move assets into the trust for the trust to be effective, and there can be some unforeseen consequences if it is not done correctly.
There may be some valid reasons for utilizing more advanced planning tools like living trusts and other documents, but you should certainly consult with a lawyer about your needs and concerns to help determine what is actually needed, and what the benefits, and drawbacks, of different planning tools would be in your situation.