Friday, August 31, 2018

Addressing Common Trust and Estate Disputes

James R. Carey is a Chicago attorney with more than 29 years of experience. As a partner at Levin Schreder and Carey, Ltd., he focuses on resolving a variety of family law issues, including disputes over trust and estate matters.

Trust and estate planning provides individuals and families with a number of benefits regarding distribution of assets and wealth. Unfortunately, several legal disputes can still arise regarding aspects of an estate plan or the manner in which a person’s will is executed. Common problems range from disputes involving the distribution of property to improper execution of an estate plan following unexpected incapacitation or disability. There are several steps a person or family can take to ensure that their estate plan poses as little confusion and conflict as possible.

One step involves finding a trusted, experienced executor, or removing the executor of an estate plan that has been improperly handled. In certain cases, impacted parties may be eligible for monetary compensation for damages incurred, or courts may need to intervene and redistribute property in accordance with the will. Of course, estate planning, like all forms of family business law, is complex and personal. In some cases, family discussions and informal negotiations can be all it takes to resolve a dispute.

That said, individuals and families are advised to draft, maintain, and carry out estate plans under the guidance of an experienced estate attorney.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Christ the King Jesuit Announces Participation in Math Initiative

A noted speaker on a variety of legal topics, attorney James R. Carey provides counsel for issues such as estate and gift tax disputes as a partner at Levin Schreder and Carey, Ltd. in Chicago. Attorney James R. Carey contributes to groups and organizations in the community, such as Christ the King Jesuit Preparatory School.

With a 100 percent college acceptance rate for its graduates, Christ the King Jesuit Prep seeks to empower its students to live as faithful servants of God and of their community. The school also continues to improve its academic offerings. Recently, Christ the King Jesuit announced that it had earned selection as one of seven Cristo Rey Network schools chosen for the Putting MATH Education to Work initiative.

This initiative consists of a $1.25 million grant from the Howley Foundation for the purpose of increasing students' achievements in mathematics. It will include support for math teachers and principals, including meetings with leaders from the Silicon Valley Math Initiative. These meetings will create school-specific goals in order to prepare a comprehensive plan to boost the efficacy of math instruction.