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November Wrap-Up: Matthew Perry’s ‘Friends’ Residuals 

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Turkey Day is done and the Black Friday sales are (sort of) over. The only thing left to do in November is update you on Matthew Perry’s estate and guardianship and conservatorship news.

The One with Matthew Perry’s Residuals 

Matthew Perry tragically passed away at his home in late October. The star was best known for his role as Chandler Bing in the tv show ‘Friends’. He reportedly made $20 million dollars per year in residuals for that role alone. Now the question is who will get them next? 

Residuals are considered personal property of the actor and can be passed down as such. For now, it seems like Perry’s residuals are part of his estate with no word on how or who they will be passed down to. Perry could have listed a beneficiary to receive his residuals or he could have listed a trust as the beneficiary. He could have left his estate to charity or he could have done no planning at all, meaning the estate will pass through California’s intestacy laws. It’s all covered in this article. 

Guardianship and Conservatorship News 

Guardianships and Conservatorships have been top of mind this month. A story from The Washington Post, chronicles the story of a retired pilot in Florida who was appointed a legal guardian after he suffered a stroke. The article covers the reality for many who live alone and are unable to communicate who their family and friends are when they become incapacitated. The story also covers the enormous amount of power that a guardian holds over their wards. In this case, the court-appointed guardian was able to place the ward in a nursing home. The guardian also liquidated the majority of his assets, including his home, guns, cars and other valuable possessions. 

Britney Spears has been making waves with her book entitled ‘The Woman in Me.’ The book sold 1.1 million copies the first week and covers her career and her conservatorship. The conservatorship lasted from 2008 until 2021 and allowed Britney’s father Jaime to control her finances and personal life. 

As evidenced by the stories above, guardians and conservators are granted substantial power over their wards. This past month the Arizona Legislature passed a bill to provide more protections for potential wards. The new bill requires the attorney for the alleged incapacitated person to interview the person and inform them of their rights. These include the right to a trial by jury, the right to choose their own attorney at their own expense, the right to appear in court and the right to a review of the court process. 

We also put out a podcast about emergency guardianships and conservatorships in Arizona. Most people who are seeking a guardianship or conservatorship think that their situation is an emergency. But the judge may not see it that way. 

Other stuff that caught our attention: 

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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.

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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.

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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.