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Claimant In Will Contest Not Entitled To Trial By Jury

NOVEMBER 26, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 22 Alaskan Lillie M. Rahm was in her early nineties when she first met handyman Robert Riddell, then in his mid-sixties. Their friendship grew quickly, and Mr. Riddell moved in with Ms. Rahm within a few months. Two years later friends and relatives instituted legal proceedings that lasted well […]

Unsigned Deed Effects Transfer Despite “Statute of Frauds”

NOVEMBER 19, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 21 The law can be inflexible and unforgiving of mistakes. This is particularly true with respect to real estate transfers, where nearly four centuries of legal precedent require strict compliance with the formalities of deeds and conveyances. Sometimes, however, the legal system recognizes that mistakes happen, as was the […]

Cremation Approved Despite Objection From Next of Kin

NOVEMBER 12, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 20 John Cottingham tried to make it clear that he wanted to be cremated. Even his will directed his family and friends to see to that wish. His mother, however, disapproved—and it took a court proceeding to overturn her decision to have him buried. Elder Law Issues has previously […]

Americans With Disabilities Act Overrides Local Zoning Rules

NOVEMBER 5, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 19 George and Astrid Dadian live in the Village of Wilmette, Illinois. The Dadians both have medical problems—she suffers from osteoporosis and asthma, and he from orthopedic problems. That is why they wanted their reconstructed home to have a garage that could be reached from the front curb. The […]

Grandson’s Creditors Can Not Reach Spendthrift Trust Assets

Kyle Krueger

OCTOBER 29, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 18 When Kyle Krueger’s grandmother established a trust for him in 1985, she may or may not have known how the 19-year-old would turn out. For whatever reason, she locked up his trust benefits until his fiftieth birthday. As it turned out, her decision was good for Mr. Krueger—but […]

Eligibility, Benefits Figures Increase With Cost of Living

OCTOBER 22, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 17 Each year Social Security benefits are raised automatically to keep up with the increased cost of living. Benefit increases are pegged to standard measures of inflation, and take effect on January 1. Social Security figures, however, are not the only automatic increases affecting seniors and the disabled. Beginning […]

Evidence of Living Will Intent Must Be Clear and Convincing

OCTOBER 15, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 16 Many patients approaching the end of life feel very strongly that they would not want to be kept alive by feeding tubes, artificial breathing machines or other devices. Signing appropriate advance directives helps, but there is no guarantee that they will be located, properly understood and followed in […]

Probate Court Lacks Authority To Seize Lawyer’s Property

OCTOBER 8, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 15 Probate, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings can be difficult to navigate. Most people utilize lawyers to help with the process, and are well served by having legal representation. Lawyers often serve as protectors of the beneficiaries of those proceedings, and help steer individuals away from mismanagement of estate funds—or […]

Prenuptial Agreement Is Valid Despite Wife’s Failure To Read

OCTOBER 1, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 14 Prenuptial agreements, though not particularly romantic, are often important to couples about to be married. Particularly in second marriage situations, a prenuptial agreement can reduce anxiety between the new spouses as well as among family members of each spouse. There are some clear rules that must be followed […]

Medicaid Underpays Nursing Homes By $9 Per Patient Day

SEPTEMBER 24, 2001 VOLUME 9, NUMBER 13 A new study commissioned by the American Health Care Association confirms what most senior advocates have long suspected: funding for long-term care services (and particularly nursing home care) is insufficient to pay the actual cost of care. While there is significant variation among the states, the federal-state Medicaid […]

Robert B. Fleming


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


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


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


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.