Woods & Bates, P.C.

The Preeminent Rural Law Firm in Central Illinois

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 to guide you through the issues presented and will help put your mind at ease. At Woods & Bates, P.C., we understand the importance of flexibility in legal services. That's why we offer both virtual consultations and in-person meetings to accommodate your preferences and ensure a personalized experience.


To be a firm that gives purpose to employees, provides high quality representation to appreciative clients, and creates meaningful contributions to the communities we serve.


To be the preeminent Central Illinois rural law firm helping families to build, sustain, and preserve their legacies.

Firm Values


Stand up for what we believe in and be
brave in the face of all circumstances.


Never stop learning and stay up to date on
current legal trends and decisions.


Be true to your word and do what you say you will do. Expect integrity in return in the form of payment for services rendered.

High Ambition

Be content, but never satisfied.
Abhor laziness.


Do not let others dictate the way we act. Maintaining a calm and clear mind helps to make wise decisions.


Be kind in all interactions with


Respond to all client contacts
within 24 hours.

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Our History


Woods & Bates Founded

Woods & Bates was 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.


What Our Clients Say

Why Choose Us?

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Community Minded

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

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We do exactly what we say we will do.

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