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Arizona Advance Directive Registry is Moving

Arizona advance directive registry

If you signed your health care directives with Fleming & Curti, PLC, in the past decade or so, you probably already know about the Arizona advance directive registry. It gives you an easy — and free — way to store your health care power of attorney, living will or pre-hospital medical care directive online. For […]

With Medical Decisions, ‘Capacity’ Is the Key

Medical decisions

“As long as you are able to make medical decisions, you get to make your own.” We often tell clients that when we are discussing creating a medical health care power of attorney. In the document, a “principal” names an “agent” to make decisions for the principal if/when he or she no longer can. The […]

Bad Things Can Happen with PoAs: An Illustration

Bad things can happen with PoAs

Powers of attorney are powerful tools, ones that can be easily misused. We’re often warned that bad things can happen with a financial power: the agent can take all the money. But we’re not often told bad things can happen with medical powers, too. This week, we share a cautionary tale inspired by a client […]

Valid Power of Attorney May Avoid Guardianship

Valid power of attorney

Does every incapacitated person qualify to have a guardian appointed? Not necessarily. A valid power of attorney may finesse the need for appointment of a guardian of the person OR a conservator of the estate. Let’s look at a recent case from the courts here in Tucson. George and Suzanne get married Actually, the marriage […]

Arizona’s Statutory Health Care Power of Attorney

Statutory health care power of attorney

Like many states, Arizona has included a statutory health care power of attorney in its law. That means the legislature has written a power of attorney form for you. You can fill it out, sign it and have it witnessed, and you have a completely valid document. The Arizona Attorney General’s office has even made […]

When Mom Can’t Live at Home, Does Power of Attorney Help? Yes and No

Can't live at home

A newsletter reader asks: Can you use a health-care power of attorney to admit someone who can’t live at home safely to a care home?  The answer, legally, is clear: No, you can’t. The practical answer, however, is probably yes. A health care power of attorney names an agent to make health-care decisions for you […]

Arizona Health Care Directives: A Primer

Arizona health care directives

At Fleming & Curti, PLC, we see a lot of confusion about Arizona health care directives. Many of our clients are unsure about whether they have signed a living will, or whether they need to sign new documents when they are admitted to the hospital. Many people have a hard time understanding Arizona’s unique “Prehospital […]

Who Should Get Copies of Your Will and Trust?

Copies of your will and trust

You’ve signed your will and powers of attorney. Maybe you’ve even signed a living trust. But now who should get copies of your will and trust? Is the answer different for your powers of attorney? What to do with the original documents First, let’s just say a word about what you should do with the […]

What Luke Perry Taught Us About Advance Directives

advance directives

Although death sometimes arrives with plenty of warning, often there is none. Estate planning, of course, tries to provide a roadmap for both scenarios. The truth is, having an estate plan doesn’t always mean things go smoothly, and when things go smoothly, it’s not always because there was an estate plan. Take Luke Perry. After […]

Alternatives to Guardianship and Conservatorship

Alternatives to guardianship

  Imagine that the adult care home where your uncle Bill resides has told you that you need to get a guardianship. What does that mean, and what do you have to do? Are there alternatives to guardianship? Guardianship means court involvement When you visit a lawyer to “get” guardianship, you should know that it […]

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.