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Elder law is a rapidly-growing practice emphasis for many lawyers who choose to represent older clients and handle the kinds of issues commonly faced by the elderly and disabled. Issues like Guardianship, Conservatorship, Medicaid and Long Term Care Planning, Estate Planning, Probate, as well as various Fiduciary Services like acting as Trustee or personal representative or even preparing tax returns if need be.

Guardianships & Conservatorships

When someone is unable to manage their own affairs, a guardianship and/or conservatorship may be necessary. Guardianship and conservatorship are “protective proceedings,” which, as the term suggests, are intended to protect people who need it.


Trusts are vehicles that allow individuals to create flexible arrangements relating to the management of property. The creator of the trust conveys property to a third party to hold for the benefit of one or more other people.


A will expresses a person’s wishes for how their property will be distributed after death. In Arizona, anyone 18 or older who is of sound mind can create a will.


“Probate” can mean a lot of things. Sometimes it refers to the process of proving the validity of a will. At other times it refers to the court where wills, estates, trust administration, and even guardianships and conservatorships are handled.

Powers of Attorney

Powers of attorney are written authorizations that designate a person to act on behalf of another. Durable powers of attorney are essential parts of any estate plan.

Long Term Care

When we use the phrase “long term care”, we are referring to medical care or personal assistance provided by a caretaker or a facility for a period of weeks, months or longer. A person may need long term care if they are unable to complete activities of daily living.

Estate Planning

An estate plan typically includes a will, maybe a trust, and both health care and financial powers of attorney – all documents that should clearly communicate your wishes upon your death. Most people who approach estate planning have some of the following goals: avoiding probate, minimizing taxes, protecting family members, and containing costs.

Advance Directives

If you needed medical care and were unable to communicate your wishes, do your loved ones know what you’d want? There are specific documents for that: advance directives.

Fiduciary Services

“Fiduciary” is a broad term that can apply to many different professions (doctors, lawyers, accountants). In our practice, it refers to the person (or entity) who is administering the estate of a decedent or the affairs for a living person who may be incapacitated.

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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.

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.