What is probate?

What is Probate?

Everyone knows that it’s important to avoid probate, right? But what is probate, anyway? Is probate expensive, time consuming and invasive? Well, it certainly can be — but most often it’s not very complicated and easy to handle. And also, most often it is easy to avoid. Last week we discussed probate avoidance. This week…

Avoiding probate

Avoiding Probate in Arizona

Avoiding probate: most of our estate planning clients are already sure that’s important. But how can you avoid probate? And is it important? What (if any) problems might develop? In this week’s regular podcast episode, we talk about avoiding probate in Arizona. We explain beneficiary designations, Arizona’s beneficiary deed option, and some of the other…

Practice memories

Tom Curti’s Practice Memories

Tom Curti has a lot of practice memories. Tom retired from Fleming & Curti, PLC — and the practice of law — last summer. He had a 43-year career in the practice. More than half of that was at Fleming & Curti, PLC, but that is not all he did in those years. Recently Tom…

Planning during the pandemic

Estate Planning During the Pandemic

We’re still doing estate planning in the pandemic. In this podcast episode, we discuss the kinds of issues clients are asking about, and what steps we encourage people to take. What is the single most important document for you to get in order now? (Spoiler alert: we think it’s your health care power of attorney.)…

Tom's Retirement

Tom’s Retirement

Tom’s retirement. What does an estate planning lawyer learn from advising others about his own retirement planning? Tom Curti, founding partner of Fleming & Curti, PLC, retired just one year ago. At the time Tom was a 44-year lawyer. The Fleming & Curti partnership had been in place for more than a quarter century. For…

Agents who become incapable

Agents Who Become Incapable

You completed your estate planning, signing a will, and maybe even a trust. At the same time you signed a durable financial power of attorney, and a health care power of attorney. You planned for the possibility that you become incapacitated or die. But what happens about agents who become incapable of handling your affairs…

Patio Planning

Patio Planning — Yours or Ours

At Fleming & Curti, PLC, we’ve been thinking about how we — and our clients — will adjust as the economy reopens. We may see more of our clients face-to-face, but we’ll still want to be very cautious about proper distancing and disinfecting routines. What might that look like in the months to come? One…