Elder Law Resources

The Fleming & Curti website provides a wealth of information for clients, potential clients and colleagues. Other resources may also have an abundance of elder law information. We can suggest the following for further exploration:


New Times, New ChallengesNew Times, New Challenges, co-authored by Fleming & Curti partner Robert B. Fleming with University of Arizona College of Law Professor Kenney Hegland. Dr. Andrew Weil (author of Healthy Aging) calls it "an engaging, even entertaining and uplifting, book about a subject most of us who are getting on in life often avoid: arranging our affairs for our later years to avoid medical, financial and legal troubles. I will use it myself and recommend it to patients, friends and loved ones."
The Elder Law Answer Book
The Elder Law Answer Book, 3rd Ed., by Robert B. Fleming and Connecticut elder law attorney Lisa Davis, published by Aspen Publishers. In a readable, understandable Q&A format, this book covers Special Needs trusts; Medicaid; Medicare; advance directives; long term care and long term care insurance; estate planning (including tax and non-tax issues); age discrimination; nursing home rights; abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly and other elder law topics. It also includes discussion of elder law practice management issues and ethical concerns common in elder law practices.
The Forgetting--Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic  	The Forgetting--Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic
The Forgetting--Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic, by David Shenk. This slim volume provides tremendous moral support, an engaging history and a tremendous dose of humanity to the personal and usually devastating struggle to deal with dementia in oneself or a family member. While the information is not cutting edge and this book will not serve as a primer to dealing with dementia (for that, see The Thirty Six Hour Day), it is easy to recommend that everyone facing dementia in the family or concerned about future dementia should take a look.
The 36-Hour Day
The 36-Hour Day, by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins, is the  book to read on dealing with dementia. While written specifically for the families of Alzheimer's patients, almost every bit of it is as useful to those caring for patients suffering from vascular dementia or any other dementing illness.
Dying Well
Dying Well, by Dr. Ira Byock, Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. "Nobody should have to die in pain, and nobody should have to die alone." This volume provides information about the dying process from an experienced and empathetic clinician.

The Four Things That Matter Most, "Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you." The "four things" sound deceptively simple, but we predict that Dr. Ira Byock can convince you that their power is profound, and they need to be said by and to people facing the end of life.

Additional Resources Online

  • The Special Needs Alliance - the premier national organization of lawyers dealing with Special Needs Trusts
  • The Elder Law Alliance - a select group of fifteen lawyers from across the country, each of whom is interested in working together to improve the practice of elder law
  • Are you looking for Arizona-specific advance directive forms? The Arizona Attorney General's office provides an excellent packet on "Life Care Planning" which includes a health care power of attorney, a living will, a power of attorney for mental health issues and even the Arizona "Pre-Hospital Medical Care Directive" (the so-called "orange form"), along with instructions on how to fill out the form, what to do with the originals and copies, and when to review and update your documents. The packet itself can be downloaded as an Acrobat file and printed for completion and signing.
  • Stetson Law School's Elder Law - Stetson is the home of nationally-recognized elder law expert Rebecca Morgan, whom we are pleased to count as a close friend
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - ACTEC's website includes extensive information about trust and estate issues in its public pages
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys - all of the attorneys at Fleming & Curti, P.L.C. belong to NAELA, and support its efforts to educate the public and its members on elder law issues
  • State Bar of Arizona - membership is required to practice law in Arizona - the State Bar also maintains a certification program for Trusts and Estates specialists and Fleming & Curti, P.L.C. lawyers Robert Fleming and Thomas Curti are both certified trusts and estates specialists
  • National Elder Law Foundation - a national non-profit organization which recognizes Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs)
  • Andy Hook (Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, Virginia) - Andy is a personal friend, a nationally prominent elder law and special needs attorney, and a leading figure in advocacy for individuals with disabilities. His firm publishes an exceptionally good weekly e-newsletter (Oast & Hook News), and he is personally a regular contributor to Robert Fleming's blawg
  • Timothy L. Takacs Home Page (Hendersonville, Tenn.) - Tim is a partner with Fleming & Curti's Robert Fleming in a law office consulting business, and he publishes a fine website and a weekly elder law newsletter
  • Baird B. Brown, P.C. (Grand Junction, Colo.) - Out on the western slopes of the Colorado Rockies Baird runs one of the premier elder law practices in the country
  • Arizona Legislature - They may not be the best in the country, but they are ours--and their work is available online at this excellent and useful website
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