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Testator Partially Revokes Will By Handwriting On Original

MAY 31, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 48 J.B. Warren, Jr. had two children, Paul Warren and Anita W. LeCornu. After the death of his wife, he prepared a will leaving one piece of real estate to his son, another to his daughter, and all of his stocks, bonds and financial accounts to his son. Mr. […]

Serviceman Killed By Wife; Her Son Receives Insurance Payout

Murderer's son receives inheritance

MAY 24, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 47 Kevin and Gina Spann had been married for eleven years. When they married, Mrs. Spann had a two-year-old son from a prior marriage, Steven Hill; Mr. Spann’s will left his estate to Steven, and even referred to him as his own son, though he had not taken any […]

Bipartisan Commission Fails To Propose Medicare Reforms

MAY 17, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 46 The National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare sounded like a good idea. Seventeen Commission members met for the first time in March of last year, and were scheduled to make a truly bipartisan recommendation on how to “save” the Medicare program by March of this year. […]

Guardians Given Power To Seek Mental Health Care For Wards

MAY 10, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 45 Like many states, Arizona has long recognized two different kinds of guardianship. Most incapacitated wards have a guardian appointed pursuant to the Arizona version of the Uniform Probate Code, which is contained in Title 14 of the Arizona statutes. One of the principal limitations of the usual guardianship […]

Emergency Room Physician Must Heed Patient’s Refusal

MAY 3, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 44 Catherine Shine was terrified of doctors and hospitals, and with good reason. Ms. Shine had suffered from severe asthma her entire life, but controlled her condition largely through the use of prescription medications. Although she had lived through numerous attacks, they always seemed to follow the same course–rapid […]

Montana Court Orders Return of Kansas Woman’s Accounts

APRIL 26, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 43 Clara Mowrer lived in her Kansas home until, three months short of her 101st birthday, she fell and broke her hip. After two months of hospitalization, she was ready to be released. Her niece, Peggy Eddie, and Ms. Eddie’s husband Maurice arrived from Montana to help take care […]

Jury Finds Undue Influence, Mistake In Will Of 86-Year-Old

APRIL 19, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 42 Carmen Herbert was 83 when she injured her leg in a golf car accident. She was treated at a local hospital, and then released to the Laniolu Convalescent Home in Hawai’i. A few days later, she was diagnosed with “chronic non-healing leg ulcers and organic brain syndrome.” Two […]

Texas Home Care Worker’s “Slip And Fall” Claim Fails

APRIL 12, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 41 Mattie Meeks lived in her Corpus Christi, Texas apartment, but at eighty-six years of age she needed some help. She hired Maria Rosa to assist her. Ms. Rosa came in regularly to help bathe and dress Ms. Meeks, did some cleaning and occasionally cooked for Ms. Meeks as […]

California Court Decides Adult DD Patient May Be Sterilized

APRIL 5, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 40 In 1927, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of its most famously wrong-headed opinions. Buck v. Bell dealt with whether Carrie Buck, who had been committed to the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble Minded, had the right to oppose an order directing that she be sterilized. The […]

Congressional Report Criticizes Monitoring Of Nursing Homes

MARCH 29, 1999 VOLUME 6, NUMBER 39 There are over 17,000 nursing homes in the United States, housing more than 1.6 million residents. The federal government will contribute $39 billion to the care of those nursing home residents in 1999. Recently, the U.S. Congress’ General Accounting Office (the GAO) was asked by five Democratic members […]

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.