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Fleming & Curti’s New YouTube Channel

Here at Fleming & Curti, PLC, we try to help people understand their legal concerns and how to solve problems. We really want to give useful information, and we believe that our work is easier when our clients are informed.

We are now ready to provide more information online, as well. This month we have begun to roll out our new YouTube channel, which you can find online at We now have a number of videos available, including answers to frequently asked questions and full-length legal seminars.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I avoid probate? There are several strategies to reduce the likelihood that probate will be required.

What happens if I don’t make a will? Arizona has written a will for you, actually (and so have all the other states). Don’t thank them. They might have gotten it wrong.

How long does probate take? Spoiler alert: in Arizona it takes at least four months (except in rare cases).

Which is better — power of attorney or guardianship? It’s probably not really a question of which is better, but which is available in your facts.

What is “elder law,” anyway? At Fleming & Curti, we focus on estate planning, trust administration, guardianship, conservatorship and probate. Other “elder law” attorneys might have different practices.

What is special about Fleming & Curti? We’re pretty proud of our practice, our staff, our practice focus — even our pets. We’d like to convince you that our pride is justified.


The ABLE Act in Arizona — last October we held an online seminar to explain how the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act is already working for Arizona residents. Since that seminar, new state programs have come on line every few weeks, but the information is still accurate and useful. Bottom line: there’s no need to wait.

Guardianship and Conservatorship in Arizona — this how-to session was hosted by the Pima Council on Aging in 2013, and we were pleased to participate. The program is intended to help people who file guardianship and conservatorship proceedings in Arizona (and especially in Tucson or Pima County) without hiring a lawyer.

Curated Material

We are also collecting related videos that we think are accurate, informative and well-done. You can see some of the best work of our friends from around the country in our curated playlist.


OK — it’s not actually part of our YouTube channel, but we also want to know how you think we are doing. Especially if you are a client (and especially if you are a satisfied client), we’d love to have you share your experience. Want to review Fleming & Curti, PLC, or individual lawyers or staff? We make it easy: visit our Reviews page, click on “Write a Review” (near the top of the page) and follow the directions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Online Video Gives Advice On How to Write Your Living Will

MARCH 1 , 2010  VOLUME 17, NUMBER 7

Everyone should sign a living will and (perhaps more importantly) a health care power of attorney. You knew that already, right? But how should one go about preparing a living will?

The answer is deceptively simple. Forms are widely available online, from health care providers and from aging advocacy organizations (to name just a few places). One of the best in Arizona (because it is well-formatted and easy to get to) is offered by the Arizona Attorney General’s office. Those forms are generally fine, though obviously neither comprehensive nor customized. Your lawyer can (and probably will) prepare a more extensive and personalized document as part of your estate plan — your will and (if you create one) your living trust.

Be aware of state variations. Your state may refer to the health care power of attorney as a health care “proxy,” or call your agent a “patient advocate.” You will want to make sure any forms you use are appropriate for your state — that may not require the involvement of a lawyer, but your estate planning lawyer will be able to address the same questions while preparing your estate plan.

Most people will want to sign both a living will and a health care power of attorney, though the common practice in many states (including Arizona) is to incorporate both into a single document. Depending on your state there may even be other kinds of “advance directives” to consider — like a mental health power of attorney, or an authorization for autopsy, organ donation and/or cremation (Arizona permits all of those additional directives).

More important than the particular advance directive you sign, however, is the information you provide to family members. That’s the point of a new online video offered (in two parts) by retired University of Arizona law professor Kenney HeglandPart 2 stands alone, but the two segments really work better together. Incidentally, Prof. Hegland (along with Fleming & Curti partner Robert Fleming) is the author of New Times, New Challenges: Law and Advice for Savvy Seniors and Their Families, and his advice is practical as well as legal.

Your advance directives are most useful if they are highly personalized. Clear directions and full information will increase the likelihood that your wishes are carried out, and provide your family with both comfort and direction.

Professor Hegland’s two-part video is at once entertaining and useful. He suggests that you write out your thoughts on end-of-life care, and provide your loved ones with explanations along with your actual instructions. You can also address related issues — what you want your obituary to highlight, who should speak at your funeral services, and more.

There are a handful of useful video resources available online addressing living wills and advance directives. Oddly, few of them offer practical advice about writing or signing the documents themselves. Most are promotional pieces by attorneys or online legal forums, describing the meaning and perhaps the importance of the documents. Three notable exceptions you might look at if you like Prof. Hegland’s submission: (1) a touching description, complete with family interviews, of the care forced upon Robert Wendland and his family when he was critically injured without having signed an advance directive — in two parts, (2) the cute but not terribly informative class project of a student named Maha, performed with a CPR dummy, and (3) the Arizona Attorney General’s dramatization about life care planning, including living wills and advance directives (to play this video, go to the AG’s “life care planning” page and click on the video link under “Life Care Planning For Everyone”).

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