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Friday, February 5, 2010

Job Opening:Arizona Department of Veterans' Services

This is to advise you that the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services currently has the following job opportunity available:

Fiscal Services Specialist II, Fiduciary

For more information or to apply, please go to www.azstatejobs.gov/internal. To search by agency, enter ADVS in the "keywords" field.

External applicants may go to http://www.azstatejobs.gov/.

If you have questions or need assistance, please check with your Human Resources Department.

Carol Ann Menichelli
HR Generalist
3839 North Third Street, Suite 209
Phoenix, AZ 85012
PH: 602-234-8405
FX: 602-297-6676

Monday, February 1, 2010

AFA Member Robert Fleming Co-Authors Book on Law and Aging

"New Times, New Challenges: Law and Advice for Savvy Seniors and Their Families," is the newest practice legal advice book for seniors, written by AFA’s Vice President Robert B. Fleming, an elder law attorney with Fleming & Curti, PLC. and University of Arizona law professor Kenney F. Hegland.

The book covers medical, financial and legal issues for seniors and families. The new book, which was published in December by Carolina Academic Press, and offers comprehensive advice on legal issues pertinent to seniors.

It is the second book co-authored by Hegland and Fleming. "Alive and Kicking: Legal Advice for Boomers" was published in 2007.


AFA Urges Adoption of Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 31, 2010
AFA Urges Adoption of Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act

The Arizona Fiduciaries Association, Inc. (AFA) is urging Arizona lawmakers to adopt the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act.

In cases involving adult guardianship, state courts give one person or entity the duty and power to make personal and/or property decisions for another person who is determined to be incapacitated. But as American society becomes increasingly mobile, complex jurisdictional issues arise concerning which state should have jurisdiction, how to transfer a guardianship to another state and whether a guardianship in one state will be recognized by another.

Due to a myriad of care and economic conflicts arising from multi-state guardianship cases, the federal Uniform Law Commission approved the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act to provide a roadmap for addressing dilemmas in such cases in 2007. But the act cannot work until most states adopt it.

The AFA believes that this legislation will assist in allowing for a less costly and more standardized approach to the transfer of wards from one jurisdiction to another. It also provides the judiciary with clear guidelines to determine which court maintains jurisdiction of the case, the ward and any litigation.

“Imagine working your entire life, saving every penny you have to ensure that you have a comfortable retirement, only to have those funds withered away in administrative costs because your son decided to move you close to his family. Now there are attorneys, physicians, investigators and others involved in two states and no one knows who controls or decides the case,” said Lisa Price, AFA President.

Price goes on to point out that there are documented cases of entire estates being spent on attorneys’ fees and court litigation ultimately leaving the ward destitute, relying on taxpayers to cover the costs of their long term care needs. To date, nearly 20 states have adopted or are considering this important legislation. The AFA is urging Arizona lawmakers to join the ranks and take the next step in protecting Arizona’s most vulnerable citizens.

These issues and more will be discussed at the AFA’s upcoming annual conference, The Complexities of Quality Care in the 21st Century in Carefree, AZ, March 4 - 5, 2010.

The Arizona Fiduciaries Association is the only professional association in Arizona representing the interests of licensed fiduciaries throughout the state. The AFA currently serves over 200 members consisting of licensed fiduciaries (from both the public and private sectors), attorneys, financial planners, and geriatric care managers.
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For more information, please contact:
Lisa Price - lisa.price@entrustfiduciary.com
Jay Polk - polk@azprobatelawyers.com

AFA's 2010 Conference Agenda

AFA’s 2010 Conference Agenda is now available. The Complexities of Quality Care in the 21st Century is scheduled for Thursday, March 4 - Friday, March 5, 2010 in Carefree Resort and Villas Carefree, Arizona.