• Woods & Bates, P.C.

    Woods & Bates, P.C.

    is the preeminent rural law firm in central Illinois.  

  • For over 50 years

    For over 50 years

    we have been assisting business owners and high net worth individuals with asset collection, protection, and succession.

  • Contact one of our attorneys today

    Contact one of our attorneys today

    to help guide you through your probate, estate planning, trust, or real estate matter.

Estate Administration

Probating the Estate of a deceased person.

Finalizing the affairs of a loved one after they pass away can be a daunting task.  Let us help.

Estate Planning

What will happen when I die?

Our firm takes a wholistic approach to estate planning and help form a plan based on the unique circumstances of every client.

Real Estate

Buying or selling real estate is important.

Avoid common pitfalls of the real estate process with a skilled attorney advocating for you throughout the transaction.

About Woods & Bates, P.C.

Our firm focuses our practice on estate and trust administration, estate planning, and real estate matters.  These can be emotionally taxing areas of law for clients.  Our attorneys draw on decades of experience in guiding you through the issues presented and will help put your mind at ease.


Our History


Woods & Bates Founded

Woods & Bates founded by William C. Bates, Jr. and Robert J. Woods.


Acquired Harris & Harris

Harris & Harris was founded in 1921 by Judge Thomas Milton Harris and his son, Homer Blinn Harris.


Acquired Culbertson & Allen, LLC

Branched out to a second office in Delavan, Illinois with the acquisition of Culbertson & Allen, LLC


Acquired Phillip M. Kirby Law Office

Established a third office location in Mason City, Illinois.

Contact Woods & Bates, P.C. for your legal needs

What Our Clients Say

Why Choose Us?

Community Minded

We live in the communities where we work and understand local needs and concerns.


We do exactly what we say we will do.


Your time is important and we understand the need to make timely progress on client matters.


How can we Help?

Visit Our Office

306 Clinton Street
Lincoln, IL  62656

Visit Our Office

306 Locust Street
Delavan, IL  61734

Visit Our Office

152 E Chestnut Street
Mason City, IL  62664

Office Hours

Mon-Thu: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Fri: 8:00am to 12:00pm