Attorney Consultation in the Time of Covid-19

During these difficult and confusing times, people often wonder whether they can or should consult with attorneys and, if so, how that consultation can occur in a safe manner. For those who are injured or suffering from an asbestos or other occupational illness, like mesothelioma, this is a particularly important question because those individuals already have a compromised immune system.


We at PWHD are very conscious of the Covid-19 situation and are doing our best to continue consulting with and representing clients, while doing everything in our power to ensure that this consultation occurs in the safest possible environment.


For now, we prefer to conduct meetings over a video-conferencing platform such as Zoom®, FaceTime®, or Microsoft Teams® to ensure everyone’s safety. We will give you all the instructions you need to communicate with us over those platforms, and we can even loan you an iPad for the video conference if you need one. These video conferences give you the opportunity to see us, get to know us, and communicate your legal needs from the safety of your own home, without having to come to our office.


While our office is still technically closed to the public, we can make an exception if an in-person meeting is necessary. We have large conference rooms with plenty of space to ensure adequate social distancing. We disinfect our facilities daily so that you can be assured that your meeting will be safe and healthy. And we ensure that all participants wear masks and, if a participant does not have a mask we will provide one.


If you need legal representation, do not hesitate to contact us!

August 17, 2020:

Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) attorneys are closely following legislation currently introduced by Virginia lawmakers, as Virginia’s General Assembly prepares to meet for a special session convened by Governor Northam on August 18th to address COVID-19 related issues as well as law-enforcement related reform. To date, bills have been proposed which: prohibit the use of neck restraints which would restrict blood flow or breathing by law enforcement officers; potentially establish a Commission on Civil Rights and Policing to review civil justice, civil liberties, and policing further in the Commonwealth; a provision for school boards to provide appropriate technology and in some circumstances, internet services for districts with mandatory virtual public school learning and other proposed bills that deal with COVID-19 related issues. 


Each of these proposed bills must be passed by vote in the House of Delegates and Senate and signed into law by Governor Northam before becoming law, but the current text of proposed bills being offered can be read here: LIS > Bill Tracking > Bills and Resolutions > 2020 session.  PWHD will be monitoring this special session for changes to existing Virginia laws and any new laws passed which will impact our clients and our community.