Thursday, October 11, 2018

Volunteering with the Appalachia Service Project

Based in Chicago, Illinois, James R. Carey has served as an estate, trust, and guardianship attorney at Levin Schreder & Carey LTD since 2001. Outside of his work as an attorney, James R. Carey gives back to his community through his support of charitable organizations such as the Appalachia Service Project (ASP).

Over the course of nearly five decades, ASP has served more than 18,000 Central Appalachian families with homes in dire need of repair or total replacement. To complete this important work, the organization relies on a network of volunteers and other supporters from across the community. 

ASP invites those over the age of 14 to participate in its volunteer program. Volunteers form small groups of between five and seven people to work on a variety of home construction projects. From erecting walls to painting, ASP has volunteer opportunities for people of varying building capabilities. Typically, volunteer projects last for a week at a time. When not working, individuals participate in “Evening Gatherings,” during which they spend time with the families they are helping and get a first-hand look at Appalachian culture.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

ABA's Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section Offers Video Resources

Based in Oak Park, Illinois, James R. Carey has served as an attorney with Levin Schreder & Carey, LTD for more than 17 years, where he works on estate, trust, and guardianship issues, among others. Engaged with his field, attorney James R. Carey is the chair of the Litigation, Ethics and Malpractice Group within the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. 

The ABA’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law offers a Lawyer’s Tool Box that is designed to serve as an all-in-one primer for building estate plans from start to finish, as well as a series on the basics of real property law. The first series of three videos focuses on the fundamentals of drafting wills and trusts, making a plan for how to distribute property as part of end-of-life decision-making, and ethical and fiduciary responsibilities of estate planners.

The second-series of three videos focuses on the laws guiding disputes between landlords and tenants, best practices for negotiating real estate purchase agreements, and best practices for negotiating commercial lease contracts. All of these videos have been created with law students and recent graduates stepping into practice for the first time who are interested in including estate and real property law within the scope of their practices. 

For more information, visit