Tacoma, WA


James C. Bates

James C BatesAttorney James C. Bates has focused his practice on wills, trusts and estates since 1997.  One of the most rewarding aspects of the practice has been his relationships with long-term clients.  Jim went into the estate planning practice out of law school to help people utilize their assets in ways that worked for them and because each new client brings a slightly different challenge to the table. 

While serving his clients, Jim gained extensive experience in all aspects of trusts and estates, probate, gift and estate tax planning as well as asset protection. With estates ranging from $10,000 to $20 million, no matter their net worth Jim leaves clients feeling confident both in his expertise and in their own ability to manage financial decisions moving forward.

Jim is a private pilot, historical aviation writer and researcher, and a published author on legal, aviation and scale modeling topics.  He relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2014 from Ohio.  Outside of work, he enjoys exploring the many museums, parks, and libraries of Puget Sound.

Primary Areas of Practice:

  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts
  • Probate
  • Guardianships
  • Asset Protection

Admitted to Practice In:

  • Washington (2014)
  • Ohio (1997)

Professional & Bar Memberships:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association


  • Key Life Decisions
  • Medicaid Update – Continuing Legal Education, 2011
  • Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal Landscape – Continuing Legal Education
  • Medicaid: Beyond the Basics – Continuing Legal Education
  • Ohio Supreme Court – appearance to challenge the State’s collections practices with regard to estate recovery (2010)


  • “On The Home Front – The RCAF’s Hawker Hurricanes”
  • IPMS Canada, June 2016
  • “Flying Officer Allan Bundy: The RCAF’s First Black Pilot”
  • Royal Canadian Air Force, February 2016
  • “Nursing Home Planning – It is Never too Late”
  • Medina Helping Hands, 2013
  • “Medicaid and Trusts”
  • Medina Helping Hands, 2013
  • “The Pooled Trust”
  • Medina Helping Hands, 2013
  • “Basics of Financial Powers of Attorney”
  • Medina County Senior Resource Guide, 2012
  • “Black Buffalo – The Story of Flying Officer Alan Selwyn Bundy”
  • Vintage Wings of Canada, February 2012
  • “State Recovers Medicaid Costs from Estates”
  • Ohio State Bar Association – Law You Can Use Series, 2010
  • “The Basics of Trust Planning”
  • Ohio Bar Associates Elder Law Handbook, 2010
  • Contributor/editor of the Probate Law chapter for “The Law and You: A Legal Handbook for Ohio Consumers and Journalists”

Community & Civic Activities:

  • IPMS Canada - Social Media Coordinator
  • RCN News Magazine – Modeling Editor


  • University of Akron – Juris Doctorate, 1997
  • Miami University – Bachelor of Arts, 1994