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Elder Law

“Elder law” is a practice area that focuses on issues that concern the growing population of elderly people and those with disabilities. The concept is only a few decades old, and few law firms focus exclusively on elder law.

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Most lawyers who consider themselves elder law attorneys work in estate planning; guardianships and conservatorships; probate; and Medicaid and long-term care planning. Some elder law attorneys may also be familiar with age discrimination, exploitation, medical care issues (including the “right to die”), Medicare benefits, grandparent visitation, and similar issues.

As with other professional specialty areas, the ability of an individual elder law attorney to handle a specific matter varies with the lawyer’s experience, competence, and credentials. Some topics that are not as widely understood might include Medicaid and long-term care planning, special needs trusts, and estate planning for disabled family members.

Other than an active case load of elder law matters, the only formal way an Arizona attorney can demonstrate specific familiarity with elder law issues is to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney. Fleming & Curti partner Robert B. Fleming has that certification.

Many elder law attorneys (including several from Fleming & Curti) are members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, or NAELA, which provides an online resource for locating its members. NAELA is the only national organization of elder law attorneys, and it has more than 3,000 members across the United States a few U.S. territories and foreign countries. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) selects its membership (“Fellows” of the College) from among the most recognized estate planning and trust administration practitioners in the country. Two of Fleming & Curti lawyers, Robert B. Fleming and Jacquelyne J. Mingle, are Fellows of ACTEC.

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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.