William B. Bates, Jr. is a partner at Woods & Bates, Attorneys at Law, in Lincoln, Illinois. He commenced his practice of law in Lincoln upon graduation in 2007 from law school. Sorling Northrup and Woods & Bates entered into a formal affiliation in May of 1995 and have continued the affiliation since that time.
Mr. Bates' practice in Lincoln is concentrated in estate planning, including drafting of trusts and wills, administration of decedents' estates, real estate, and collection matters. His practice includes representation of the local hospital in Lincoln, Illinois, as well as a Lincoln-based privately-owned oil company operating throughout Illinois. Mr. Bates also serves as Municipal Attorney for the City of Lincoln, City of Atlanta, and Village of New Holland.
Mr. Bates received his Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School with honors in 2007. Mr. Bates is a member of the Illinois and Logan County Bar Associations and is a past President of the Logan County Bar Association. He is active in local civic, charity, and educational affairs, and currently serves on the District #27 School Board.