William B. Bates is a sole proprietor operating under the firm name of Woods & Bates, Attorneys at Law, in Lincoln, Illinois. He commenced his practice of law in Lincoln upon graduation in 1978 from law school. Sorling Northrup and Mr. Bates entered into a formal affiliation in May of 1995, pursuant to which Bates became of counsel to Sorling Northrup while maintaining his private practice in Lincoln, Illinois.
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 City Attorney for Lincoln.
Mr. Bates received his Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School with honors in 1978, and was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Bates is a member of the American, 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 has served as president of a school district board.