Areas of Practice
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
A personal injury can disrupt your life, leave you in pain, and without the ability to work. Likewise, losing a loved one is traumatic enough. However, if the loss of a loved one is someone else’s fault, it is even more devastating to the survivors and family members. Please contact The Pate Law Firm for a free consultation.
Expungement of a Criminal Record
Far too often mistakes from the past, from which lessons were learned and the price already paid, remain an obstacle for a productive future. In many circumstances, a prior arrest and criminal record can be expunged and removed from all background checks, which can help with advancement in the job market and improve your quality of life.
Unfortunately, it happens. When both spouses are receptive to parting ways legally by means of a divorce, it does not have to be a painful and expensive process. The Pate Law Firm can petition the court after drafting documents for both parties to sign and notarize. And in most cases, a divorce can be granted without either party ever having to step into a courtroom.
Asbestos and Cancer
Asbestos causes many types of cancer. A rare of deadly form asbestos cancer is mesothelioma. Many people who were pipefitters, boilermakers, mechanics, shipbuilders, or in heavy industry were exposed to asbestos. If you worked in a refinery or around asbestos products, contact the Pate Law Firm for a free consultation.
Smoking & Lung Cancer
For over 50 years tobacco companies have hidden and downplayed the danger of cigarettes smoke, nicotine addiction, cancer, heart disease, and the effect of smoke on children by creating a controversy of misinformation about the hazards of smoking. If you or a family member starting smoking as a child – even if you have now quit – please contact the Pate Law Firm for a free consultation. People can develop smoking related lung cancer many years after stopping smoking.
Consumer Protection Class Actions and False Advertising
The USVI has laws that protect the public against false and deceptive advertising. The rise of fast food, processed junk foods, and sugary sodas tracks the same rise in obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and health problems. A child having type II diabetes was almost unheard of 50 years ago. This is the first time in human history where our children will have shorter life spans than their parents. Many food products advertise that they are healthy, when they are actually full of sugar, salt and processed ingredients. If you see a product label which is untrue or not accurate, give the Pate Law Firm a call.
When another business broke their promise and did not honor a contract which caused your business lost profits and damages, give the Pate Law Firm a call.