Attorney James C. Bates graduated from the University of Akron School of Law and has... more
Attorney James C. Bates graduated from the University of Akron School of Law and has focused on the estate planning and elder law field for over a decade. He recently appeared before the Ohio Supreme Court challenging the States collections practices with regard to estate recovery and wrote an article on the topic for the OSBA Law You Can Use series. Jim is the author of The Basics of Trust Pl... view profile
I went into the practice of law with the goals of helping people and making a decent... more
I went into the practice of law with the goals of helping people and making a decent living. I try my best to keep things simple and to the point. If you have any issues concerning estate planning, probate administration, guardianship, real estate or contracts, please contact me. I have also helped set up numerous non-profits with 501(c)(3) exemption status. I am married and have three s... view profile
"Estate" is the legal term used to define your property and money—basically, everything that belongs to you. Estate planning attorneys tell you different strategies you can use to transfer your belongings after you die. By planning your estate, you can maximize its value by minimizing taxes and eliminating court costs and interference. Estate planning attorneys also help you control and protect your estate during your lifetime, by writing documents that allow you to transfer property and money to children, charities, or others in a way you desire.