About Us
Phone: 217-512-1847
501 Jackson Ave. Charleston, IL 61920


Carolyn R. Bates was born in Papillion Nebraska and raised in Belleville Illinois.  She graduated with honors from Belleville High School East before continuing her education at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. While attending EIU, Carolyn worked as a judicial intern at the Coles County Courthouse in Charleston, Illinois. She graduated Manga Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in 2008, earning a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Pre-Law Studies and History.

Following graduation, Carolyn attended Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois, earning the distinction of being named to Dean’s List. She volunteered at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation as well as worked with the Southern Illinois University Civil Practice Clinic providing free legal services to southern Illinois residents over the age of 60. She graduated with her J.D. in May 2011.

After being admitted to the Illinois Bar in November 2011, Carolyn moved back to Charleston and began her career in Mattoon, focusing on civil defense litigation before moving focus to estate planning and commercial law.  Her practice is now located in downtown Charleston and has expanded to include family law.

Carolyn Bates is a member of the Illinois Bar Association and Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Charleston with her husband Mark.