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What I Learned This Summer

What I learned

I don’t know about you, but I spent my summer in one continuing legal education program after another. Here’s some of what I learned this summer. What I learned in Alaska OK — I really went to Alaska to see the bears. And they were incredible, and worth the trip. But while I was there, […]

July Roundup: Hospice, Alzheimer’s and More

July roundup

At Fleming & Curti, PLC, we are keenly interested in more than the legal aspects of estate planning and also care about broader developments surrounding people who are aging and/or coping with disability. Maybe that’s because we’re naturally curious. But more likely it’s because the firm and most of the attorneys are licensed fiduciaries, and […]

Forgetfulness, Dementia and National Awareness Month

NOVEMBER 11, 2013 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 43 November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. At Fleming & Curti, PLC, we got a little bit of a jump on the month by describing (in our October 28, 2013, weekly newsletter) the incidence of dementia and some of the experience we have in dealing with clients with […]

Dementia: Facts, Figures and Legal Effects

OCTOBER 28, 2013 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 41 At a seminar for lawyers and accountants last week, our ears pricked up when we heard a speaker say: “remember, something like 60% of your clients over 75 suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease.” (OK — that might not be an exact quotation, but that was the sense of the […]

Pondering Your Power of Attorney

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 VOLUME 20 NUMBER 35 Do you have a power of attorney? If so, do you know how it works? Is a “springing” power of attorney the best way for you to keep authority over your health care and financial decisions until a transition is needed? Many people have powers of attorney but […]

Patient With Dementia May Have Authored Valid Will

NOVEMBER 7, 2011 VOLUME 18 NUMBER 38 A woman has been diagnosed as suffering from dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, and she resides in an assisted living facility. She has short-term memory loss, is frequently forgetful and has difficulty with tasks like playing cards and operating her television set. Can she sign a new will? […]

Book Review – Still Alice

Still Alice is a novel about a fifty-year old woman who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers. Alice is a Harvard professor in cognitive psychology. She is a brilliant woman who presents at several conferences around the world annually. She is at the height of her career when she begins noticing some forgetfulness, including names, words […]

Combative Alzheimer’s Patient Not Liable for Injuries to Nurse

APRIL 19, 2004 VOLUME 11, NUMBER 42 Edmund Gernannt suffered from dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Confusion and agitation sometimes combined in Mr. Gernannt to make him combative. While most Alzheimer’s patients can be easily redirected and ultimately calmed, Mr. Gernannt’s aggressive tendencies got him committed to the county hospital in Bergen Pines, New Jersey. […]

False Application Info Leads To Rescission Of LTC Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

JANUARY  8, 2001 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 28 Norma Steinback was interested in purchasing long term care insurance for her husband Jack. When she saw a solicitation from Bankers Life and Casualty Company she returned the postcard indicating an interest. Shortly thereafter Bankers Life agent James Van Noten visited the Steinbacks at their Montana home. During […]

Unlike Arizona, Oregon Power of Attorney Effective for Gifts

NOVEMBER 13, 2000 VOLUME 8, NUMBER 20 Suzanne C. Pruitt died in 1994 from complications related to her Alzheimer’s disease. At the time of her death her estate was worth over $1.4 million. The IRS argued that it should have been $120,000 more than that, and that the estate should pay just under $50,000 more […]

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.