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James Clifford Bates

Elder law Attorney at Tacoma, WA

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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.


Licensed for 25 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/25/2022
State OH
Status Inactive
Acquired 1997
Updated 11/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Luce & Associates, PS
4505 Pacific Highway East
Suite A
Tacoma, WA, 98424


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  • Hourly Rates $ 180-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Luce & Associates, PS
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bates & Perry Co., LPA
  • 2011 - 2015


  • University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • In Re: Estate of Josephine Centorbi
  • Pending


  • Medina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Akron Bar Assocation
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Accredited Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Helping Hands
  • Medicaid and Trusts
  • 2013
  • Helping Hands
  • The Pooled Trust
  • 2013
  • The Source
  • Basics of Financial Powers of Attorney
  • 2012
  • Ohio Bar Association Elder Law Handbook
  • The Basics of Trust Planning
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Medicaid Update 2011
  • Medicaid Update 2011
  • 2011
  • Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal Landscape CLE
  • Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal Landscape
  • 2011
  • Medicaid: Beyond the Basics CLE
  • Medicaid: Beyond the Basics
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Elder law Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
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