We do only consumer bankruptcies and have filed thousands of them for residents of Northeast Ohio.

Firm Overview

We are Attorney John R. Bates, experienced and nationally known bankruptcy attorney and Attorney James F. Hausen, experienced bankruptcy attorney. (See About Us) Together we have a combined 53 years of legal experience. We do only consumer bankruptcies and have filed thousands of them for residents of Northeast Ohio. We offer free initial consultations by phone or in person and in the evening (by phone) if you prefer. Our fees are highly competitive and we offer special fee arrangements in appropriate cases. Call and we will be happy to tell you what your case would cost. You can retain us with only a small payment and you can make payments on the rest of the fee before the case is filed. YOU choose the amount and timing of the payments. If you change your mind about filing before your case is filed, we will retain only the money you paid us that has been earned and will provide you with a complete accounting. The rest will be promptly refunded to you. To file your case, we require you to come to our office only once (to review and sign the papers to be filed). Many attorneys require three or more visits. Of course, you can visit us in person more often if you wish. After your bankruptcy is over, we will continue to answer questions about your bankruptcy even years later at no extra charge. You can always call on us. We offer an unusually high level of expertise in chapter 13 bankruptcies, having two employees (attorney and paralegal) who are experienced former employees of the Chapter 13 Trustee. This is an important advantage you will not find in other firms. We do not try to sell you on bankruptcy. We explain your options and help you make the right decision. If you file, your case will be filed in the federal bankruptcy court, not in your local county court. And we promise you prompt, polite, professional service. Since the 2005 bankruptcy code changes, it has become more difficult for Akron, New Philadelphia, Wooster and residents all over Northeast Ohio to file for bankruptcy. More people today are attempting to file on their own with do-it-yourself kits and end up regretting the decision of not hiring a locally experienced bankruptcy attorney. There are various types of bankruptcies which is why it is so essential to choose the right bankruptcy lawyer who will provide the kind of experience you need to handle your particular case and determine the proper bankruptcy type that would suit you best. John R. Bates and James F. Hausen can educate you about what protection you need for your unique circumstances and work with you to reach the best solution

Main Office

Main Office
436 Fair Ave NW

New Philadelphia OH 44663


(330) 339-0000




John R. Bates graduated from law school in 1972 and has practiced law ever since. He was voted the outstanding student of his graduating class by the law school faculty and delivered the commencement address. He and his then law partner established one of the first legal clinics in the country in 1974.

He has taught law courses in several colleges and at Arizona State University College of Law. He has spoken to various lawyer groups throughout the country, including Ohio, about bankruptcy.

In 1976, he won the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, which, for the first time, established the right of lawyers to use yellow pages and websites for advertising. You can read about it at this website. This case is studied by law students across the country and Mr. Bates is nationally known because of it.

Mr. Bates is considered a national authority on bankruptcy exemptions. He created a website dealing with exemptions for bankruptcy lawyers which is used by lawyers across the nation. You may look at it here:

His practice has been limited solely to bankruptcy law for many years. He has filed thousands of bankruptcies for residents of Northeast Ohio. In 2011, Mr. Bates joined Attorney James F. Hausen to form a larger bankruptcy law practice that would make it possible to represent clients from all over Northeast Ohio

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