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James Clifford Bates

About James Bates

About me

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 State’s 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 Planning” published in the 2010 Ohio Bar Association Elder Law Handbook. He often speaks on estate planning and elder law topics to both community and professional groups. 

He is an Accredited Attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jim is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Ohio Chapter of NAELA, the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section and the Elder Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association and the Medina County Bar Association.