William B. Bates is a partner at Woods & Bates. Mr. Bates began practicing law at Woods & Bates in 1978 upon his graduation with honors from Drake University School of Law. Mr. Bates now concentrates his practice on administration of decedents’ estates, real estate, and estate planning. At the request of clients and civic organizations, Mr. Bates has presented public seminars in Lincoln and Logan County on the topics of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estate Planning, and Living Wills.
Born and raised in Lincoln, Illinois, Mr. Bates has served on countless local civic, charitable, and educational boards. Currently he serves as the President of the Woods Foundation Board and as a member of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Board.