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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.



Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 25%
    18 years
  2. Elder Law: 25%
    18 years
  3. Probate: 20%
    18 years
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    18 years
  5. Wills: 10%
    18 years



Hourly ($180-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Rachel Anne Kabb-Effron

    I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a good and conscientious lawyer. He and I worked together on a pro bono Ohio Supreme court case and working with him was a pleasure. Jim is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.


    Rachel Kabb-Effron Medicaid and medicare Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Luce & Associates, PS

4505 Pacific Highway East
Suite A
Tacoma, WA, 98424


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLuce & Associates, PS2016 - Present
PartnerBates & Perry Co., LPA2011 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Medina Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Akron Bar AssocationMember2011 - Present
Department of Veterans AffairsAccredited Attorney2010 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2006 - Present
Ohio Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re: Estate of Josephine CentorbiPending
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Publication nameTitleDate
Helping HandsMedicaid and Trusts2013
Helping HandsThe Pooled Trust2013
The SourceBasics of Financial Powers of Attorney2012
Ohio Bar Association Elder Law HandbookThe Basics of Trust Planning2010
Ohio Bar Association Law You Can Use SeriesState Recovers Medicaid Costs from Estates2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Miami University of OhioHistory and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Medicaid Update 2011Medicaid Update 20112011
Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal Landscape CLEElder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal Landscape2011
Medicaid: Beyond the Basics CLEMedicaid: Beyond the Basics2010