Dedicated Attorneys
Practicing In Tennessee
Since 1871


Fifth-generation lawyers providing consistent quality and service

When you retain the Bates & Bates Law Office, you receive the skill, experience, passion and integrity you would expect from a five-generation family of attorneys.  Attorney Douglas Thompson Bates IV has learned from his father the time-honored traditions of honesty during the entire case with the clients, aggressive pursuit of the client’s objectives, and zealous and ethical advocacy throughout.  Mr. Bates III earned an AV Pre-eminent Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell early in his accomplished career and now enjoys small estate and probate matters, as well as advising and consulting with this son on his cases.  Mr. Bates IV enjoys a diverse practice in both civil litigation, high conflict domestic disputes and divorcing complex marital estates, as well as a diverse criminal practice. 


Experience counts

Seven Bates attorneys through five generations have been practicing law in Middle and Western Tennessee since 1871, interrupted only by a 5 year stretch in the 1920s and during World War II.  The Bates family has had a strong, consistent presence throughout the region for many years, and they strive to do the right thing for both their clients and their community. Regardless of your legal challenge, Douglas Bates IV applies the 150-year tradition of his ancestors and the consultation of his Father to help resolve your problems in courts throughout this State.


The Bates & Bates Law Office routinely handles cases in the following areas of law:

•             General practice

•             Civil Law

•             Domestic relations law

•             Real property law

•             Criminal law       

•             Negligence law

•             Family law

•             Personal injury

•             Real estate



Mr. Bates III enjoys watching the transition of the practice fall to the next generation and appreciates having a cup of coffee with his son while providing insight and guidance regarding a case’s various issues.  He and his long-time assistant of 40+ years also handle small estate transactions including wills, powers of attorney, handling administration of estates and other probate services


Finally, Douglas Bates IV  hallmarks every case….accessibility and punctuality.  Mr. Bates IV is available for after-hours and weekend appointments preparing and advising you throughout the difficult litigation process, as well as employs a full staff of assistants and paralegals to help you throughout your case. 



Contact a well-respected Tennessee law firm today.

Call the Bates & Bates Law Office at (931) 729-4085 to schedule a consultation.

The Bates & Bates Law Office, though located in Hickman County and in the 21st Judicial District, serves clients in all Courts throughout Middle and Western Tennessee, including Lewis, Perry, Wayne, Maury, Humphreys, Decatur, Dickson and Williamson Counties.

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Bates and Bates Law Office

406 W Public Sq

CentervilleTN 37033

931 729-4085 931 729-4085

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