New York elder law

New York Elder Law Compared to Arizona

Leading New York elder law attorney Lawrence Davidow was recently in Tucson visiting a friend. We talked him into joining us for a discussion about elder law. Our question: how does the practice of elder law in his home state differ from our Arizona experience? Lawrence left New York just as their coronavirus cases began…

Inventories in probate and trust administration

Inventories in Probate and Trust Administration

Must administrators prepare formal inventories in probate and trust administration? Does every case require employment of a professional appraiser? Is an inventory public, so that anyone can know what was left to whom? How about beneficiaries, or family members who were left out of the will or trust? In this podcast episode, we discuss the…

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…