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What is Fleming & Curti about? Teamwork. That’s what sets us apart from other law firms. Every client and beneficiary can be assured that we are all working together to deliver services in the most efficient, caring manner possible.

A Tucson fixture since 1994

When Tom Curti and Robert Fleming became partners, it was their second law partnership; they had been principals in a larger firm in the 1970s, right after they graduated from law school together. With Tom’s retirement, Robert and Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman are our principals.

We practice elder law — focusing on the type of client served as well as the legal issues addressed. Our strengths are estate planning, particularly for people with disabilities, whether they are children, young adults, or seniors; guardianships and conservatorships; estate administration; and fiduciary services.

After more than twenty-five years in downtown Tucson, the firm moved to its present offices at Joesler Village, at River Road and Campbell Avenue. Although the downtown office, in a converted bungalow, was quaint and historic, the River-Campbell space is more open, easier to access, and has plenty of parking.

Attorneys

Their primary task is to act as a guide – for the direction of the firm in general and also any given case. Their bios may reflect publishing credits and professional designations and accolades, but day to day, we are all for one and one for all.

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Legal Assistants

This team is the driving force behind legal filings and related matters. Capable, efficient, and detail- oriented, they are the go-tos for probate proceedings, estate administration, guardianships, conservatorships, and more.

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Case Managers

They’re the “boots on the ground” for cases in which Fleming & Curti acts as fiduciary. They attend to both the short-term and long-term needs of the people we serve as trustee, guardian, conservator, and agent under power of attorney.

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Finance Team

Our finance team tracks every penny that comes in and goes out, pays bills, coordinates payroll for private caregivers, coordinates with attorneys to facilitate distributions, and oversee tax obligations. This group is extra mindful about privacy and security procedures so that account information is protected.

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Law Clerks

This team assists with a wide variety of tasks around the office in a number of different practice areas including probate, trust administration and estate planning.

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Administration

Our administrative team supports our practice with a wide variety of services, including intake and daily operations. This team makes sure clients, visitors and staff are all taken care of in a timely manner.

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FAQ

New clients pay an initial flat fee of $400 for most consultations. During the consultation, we will discuss the fee for providing ongoing legal services. For most matters we will bill an hourly rate for time actually spent. Each staff member who works on your case keeps track of his or her time and bills at a predetermined rate. If you decide to hire us, during or shortly after the initial meeting, you will receive a fee agreement that outlines the scope of our work and the basis for the fees charged.

When Fleming & Curti is named as fiduciary, fees are determined on a case-by-case basis. The fee must be reasonable for the circumstances. That will sometimes be an hourly arrangement and sometimes a percentage of the value of the trust or estate.

As for how much your case might cost, each case is different and depends on the complexity and amount of work required. We will be happy to discuss fee estimates in the initial consultation.

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An estate plan is a set of documents that communicates two primary things: how you want your assets to be distributed upon your death and who you want to manage your affairs at death and during your lifetime if you are unable to manage them yourself. A typical estate plan includes your will, sometimes a trust, and both financial and healthcare powers of attorney. If you have a child or other beneficiary with a disability, it may also include a special needs trust.  Proper and thorough planning for families can help increase efficiency, reduce the potential for future conflict among family members and loved ones, and minimize costs.

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During your lifetime, if you do not have a valid estate plan and become unable to manage your own affairs, a guardianship and/or conservatorship may be necessary to manage your life and finances. At death, if you do not have a valid will or trust, state law governs how assets will be distributed, except those with beneficiary designations.

A “special needs trust” is a type of trust that is structured to preserve needs-based benefits that a disabled person might be receiving or for which they might be eligible. A special needs trust allows funds to be available to supplement benefits provided by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or long-term care Medicaid (in Arizona, that’s ALTCS). Without these trusts, many disabled people would lose benefits that can be essential to their wellbeing. There are different types of special needs trusts and these include third-party trusts, which are created by one person for the benefit of another, and first-party, self-settled trusts, which are funded by an individual who is also the beneficiary of the trust.

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How we're different

There are so many different options to consider when either preparing for a transfer of power or executing a financial plan, we’re here to make that process as easy to understand as possible. Come by our office for a cup of coffee, meet our dogs and lets chat about what we can do for you and your family.

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Robert B. Fleming

Attorney

Robert Fleming is a Fellow of both the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been certified as a Specialist in Estate and Trust Law by the State Bar of Arizona‘s Board of Legal Specialization, and he is also a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Robert has a long history of involvement in local, state and national organizations. He is most proud of his instrumental involvement in the Special Needs Alliance, the premier national organization for lawyers dealing with special needs trusts and planning.

Robert has two adult children, two young grandchildren and a wife of over fifty years. He is devoted to all of them. He is also very fond of Rosalind Franklin (his office companion corgi), and his homebound cat Muninn. He just likes people, their pets and their stories.

Elizabeth N.R. Friman

Attorney

Elizabeth Noble Rollings Friman is a principal and licensed fiduciary at Fleming & Curti, PLC. Elizabeth enjoys estate planning and helping families navigate trust and probate administrations. She is passionate about the fiduciary work that she performs as a trustee, personal representative, guardian, and conservator. Elizabeth works with CPAs, financial professionals, case managers, and medical providers to tailor solutions to complex family challenges. Elizabeth is often called upon to serve as a neutral party so that families can avoid protracted legal conflict. Elizabeth relies on the expertise of her team at Fleming & Curti, and as the Firm approaches its third decade, she is proud of the culture of care and consideration that the Firm embodies. Finding workable solutions to sensitive and complex family challenges is something that Elizabeth and the Fleming & Curti team do well.

Amy F. Matheson

Attorney

Amy Farrell Matheson has worked as an attorney at Fleming & Curti since 2006. A member of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council, she is primarily responsible for estate planning and probate matters.

Amy graduated from Wellesley College with a double major in political science and English. She is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law School and has been admitted to practice in Arizona, Massachusetts, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Fleming & Curti, Amy worked for American Public Television in Boston, and with the international trade group at White & Case, LLP, in Washington, D.C.

Amy’s husband, Tom, is an astronomer at NOIRLab and the Head of Time Domain Services, whose main project is ANTARES. Sadly, this does not involve actual time travel. Amy’s twin daughters are high school students; Finn, her Irish Red and White Setter, remains a puppy at heart.

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Matthew M. Mansour

Attorney

Matthew is a law clerk who recently earned his law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. His undergraduate degree is in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Matthew has had a passion for advocacy in the Tucson community since his time as a law student representative in the Workers’ Rights Clinic. He also has worked in both the Pima County Attorney’s Office and the Pima County Public Defender’s Office. He enjoys playing basketball, caring for his cat, and listening to audiobooks narrated by the authors.