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  • When Family Matters Need Legal Action

    These days, the definition of “family” has been evolving faster than ever, but its importance remains. Members are bonded together, often feeling a sense of belonging, happiness, financial security and love. But a host of factors can change the family dynamic and its needs – and that’s when it’s time to seek legal advice from PWHD. PWHD attorneys are experts on legal issues involving family relationships, such as adoption, divorce, and child custody, among others. We represent clients in family court proceedings and can also draft important legal documents such as prenuptial agreements, court petitions or property agreements. Since family law matters hit so close to home, having a trusted legal professional by your side can help ensure your loved ones are properly represented and protected during legal processes such as: Divorce: PWHD is highly skilled at dividing marital property, calculating spousal support, and proposing a plan for child custody, visitation, and support (if applicable). Child Custody/Support: Court orders involving both custody and support usually are included in the divorce case, but may be amended as conditions change. For instance, child support may be altered after the non-custodial parent's financial situation changes. Paternity: In most cases, paternity cases are filed by the mother in order to secure child support payments from an absent father. But sometimes biological fathers file for paternity in order to have a relationship with their child. Adoption/Foster Care: Adoption laws differ according to the type of adoption, where the child is from, variances in state laws, and other factors. Advocating for your interests In addition to family law, PWHD also specializes in criminal and personal injury law, and has broad experience in navigating the complexities of their many issues. We pride ourselves on a deep tradition of excellence in serving our clients — and we will work to ensure your legal rights are protected. For more information, give us a call today.

  • COVID: A Hot-Button Topic for Employment Litigation

    The coronavirus outbreak is has virtually upended the way we live, work, and interact with one another. “Work-from-home” and subsequent limited re-openings have required changes to employers’ everyday practices, impacting nearly all aspects of operations. Businesses have been faced with an unprecedented challenge: how to maintain operations while keeping their workforce safe. Now that stay-at-home orders are being lifted, there will be increased scrutiny about any new return-to-work policies that are implemented. For example, requests to work remotely—and denials of those requests—have been a hot litigation topic under the Americans with Disabilities Act in recent years. We anticipate unique post-pandemic litigation to raise several employment law issues, including these issues related specifically to the ADA: How have accommodations to work remotely or alternative schedules during the pandemic impacted employers’ ability to grant (or deny) requests to alter work arrangements under the ADA in the future? When are employers entitled to make medical inquiries of their employees, whether to assess an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job or to determine if an employee presents a direct threat to the health and safety of the workforce? What factors should employers consider when deciding the order of calling workers back? Is it appropriate to consider an employee’s health or requests for accommodation in restoring the workforce? As we return to business as usual under the “new normal,” now is the time to carefully assess your response to COVID-19 and make informed and well-considered decisions moving forward. To minimize risk, employers should , review and update relevant policies, such as those that address attendance and work arrangements. Employers should also stay up-to-date on the latest guidance on workplace screening and return-to-work preparedness plans. Litigating for your interests At PWHD, we regularly represented clients in employment related lawsuits . Our goal is to aggressively represent our clients and, where possible, resolve these lawsuits as quickly and cost effectively as possible. For more information, give us a call today.

  • A comprehensive guide to arrests and detention rights

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  • News Updates | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LC ​ News Updates Paralegals' Week October 4th - 10th, 2021 Mesothelioma Awareness Day September 26, 2021 Lindsey A. Carney recently appointed to the Christopher Newport University Real Estate Foundation Board September 14, 2021 Best Lawyers in America (2022 Edition) August 19, 2021 CPAP Machines August 8, 2021 Paragard Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD) July 30, 2021 Soundscapes 2021 Golf Classic presented by PWHD June 8, 2021 Erin E. Jewell Nominated Parliamentarian of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association June 3, 2021 Hatten Speaks at CNU Commencements for 2020 & 2021 May 26, 2021 VTLA Non-Economic Damages Retreat May 25, 2021 2021 Super Lawyers May 6, 2021 15th Annual Food Frenzy to Benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank April 1, 2021 Governor Northam Signs Landmark Product Liability Bill into Law. March 26, 2021 PWHD Attorneys Named to CoVa Biz Magazine’s Fifth-Annual List of the 2021 Top Lawyers in Coastal Virginia. March 25, 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 January 27, 2021 Erin Jewell, at the Portsmouth, Virginia Judicial Center December 17, 2020 Lindsey Carney and Duncan Byers Host Select Legal Issues Impacting Small and Middle-Market Businesses CLE October 28, 2020 Erin Jewell VTLA Advocacy Seminar October 15, 2020 Steve Meade Elected Chair Economic Development Authority August 25, 2020 Best Lawyers in America (2021 Edition) August 20, 2020 Lindsey Carney Reappointed to CNU Board of Visitors June 05, 2020 Rector Robert R. Hatten, Esq. Statement on Black Lives Matter and Social Justice CNU Board of Visitors June 04, 2020 2020 Super Lawyers May 07, 2020 Lindsey A. Carney Appointed Managing Partner January 01, 2020 20th Annual Virginia Legal Elite December 02, 2019

  • Paralegals' Week | Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein

    The attorneys at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LC wish to thank our paralegals for the unique skills and essential services they provide each day to the attorneys in our office and to our clients. They do so ethically and professionally and with care and proficiency. We are grateful for their service. We join Governor Northam and other citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia in observance of Paralegals’ Week October 4 – 10, 2021. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/paralegals-week.html

  • Mesothelioma Awareness Day | Virginia Asbestos and mesothelioma cases

    ​Attorneys : Donald N. Patten Robert R. Hatten Hugh B. McCormick William W. C. Harty Jennifer W. Stevens Erin E. Jewell Jeannette M. Dodson-O’Connell Samantha P. Graham Daniel R.O. Long ​ ​ Read More : What is Asbestos? What is Mesothelioma? What did Companies Know? Occupations at Risk Ship Builders, and Navy Veterans Asbestos Disease Claims Contact Us MESOTHELIOMA AWARENESS DAY This Sunday is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. In 2012, Virginia’s General Assembly designated September 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day in Virginia, to promote public awareness of the dangers of this deadly cancer and of asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which develops in the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the body's internal organs and is caused by asbestos exposure. ​ Many veterans as well as individuals who worked in shipyards, power plants, refineries, railroads, factories and other industrial settings were exposed to asbestos during the course of their employment and are at risk for contracting mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, including lung cancer and asbestosis. Housewives and children who lived with family members who worked in these industries are also at risk for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. ​ If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, you can discuss your potential claim with us at NO COST by calling us at 1-800-459-1881 or locally at 757-223-4545 for a free consultation, or fill out our contact form . We will come to you.

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