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“Fifty and Beyond” Is A Lively, Fact-Filled Elder Law Resource

SEPTEMBER 27, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 13 Non-lawyers are sometimes surprised when lawyers acknowledge that the legal system is not well-suited to some kinds of problems. That surprise will probably turn to astonishment at the suggestion of two elder law practitioners in a new book published this week: We begin, however, with this short cautionary […]

Will Prepared By Bookkeeper Valid–Contestants Disinherited

SEPTEMBER 20, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 12 Six days before he died, Arizonan Ralph Shumway signed a new will. Rather than consult a lawyer to prepare the will, Mr. Shumway had relied on his bookkeeper, Adelida Vega Rodriguez, to prepare the document for him. Because the will she prepared left one fourth of Mr. Shumway’s […]

Codicil To Will Valid Despite Questions Raised By Witness

SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 11 Last week Elder Law Issues reported on the Tennessee case of Cleon Cooke, in which bank customer service representatives apparently did not know how to properly witness and notarize a will according to state law (“Bank Not Liable For Mistakes Made By Witnesses, Notary”). Sometimes the problem is the […]

Bank Not Liable For Mistakes Made By Witnesses, Notary

SEPTEMBER 6, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 10 Witnesses are required for a number of legal documents, including wills (in most cases), powers of attorney and health care directives. Most lawyers recommend not having family members witness legal documents, since questions may later be raised about the signer’s competence, or the possibility of undue influence. It […]

Failure To Plan May Result In Court Naming Surrogates

AUGUST 30, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 9 When an adult becomes incapable of handling his or her own personal and financial affairs, someone must step forward and pay bills, make medical decisions and handle a host of daily decisions. Court proceedings, agency investigations and the plans made by the adult before becoming incapacitated will all […]

Insurance Saleswoman Unduly Influences Wisconsin Man

AUGUST 23, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 8 Vanessa Henningfeld first met 71-year-old George Milas when she visited his Wisconsin home to sell him a long-term care insurance policy. The two of them quickly became friends. Mr. Milas had a number of problems to deal with. He had a heavy Lithuanian accent that made it hard […]

Developmentally Disabled Man Dies Before Court Decides His Fate

Developmentally disabled man dies

AUGUST 16, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 7 Though once viewed as slightly out of the mainstream of American thought, the “right-to-die” movement has become widely accepted today. Few would argue with the notion that a competent patient has the right to refuse life-sustaining treatment, even when the medical community collectively believes that the treatment should […]

Disinherited Sister Has No Claim Against Brother’s Lawyer

AUGUST 9, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 6 Walter Heine never married and never had children. His closest relative was his sister, Alma Francis. In 1987, after Mr. Heine suffered a stroke, the Minnesota courts appointed a conservator to handle his money. Before his stroke, Mr. Heine had never gotten around to making out a will. […]

Medicaid Eligibility Sometimes Requires Legal Assistance

AUGUST 2, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 5 Bipin Shah worked in New York as a chemical engineer. Along with his wife Kashmira and their two children, Mr. Shah lived in New Jersey. On August 1, 1996, while working in Suffolk County, New York, Mr. Shah suffered a serious head injury, resulting in his hospitalization in […]

Decision To Forego Surgery Also Requires Patient Consent

JULY 26, 1999 VOLUME 7, NUMBER 4 Jean Matthies was eighty-one years old when she fell and broke her hip. She had been living alone in her apartment in Union City, New Jersey, and had been quite independent. She did her own shopping, cooking and housecleaning. But with a fractured hip, she could not even […]

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.