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Defending Your Rights During ‘Stay Home’ Order!

Even though many businesses and services are shut down by Governor Inslee’s Stay at Home order, law enforcement continues to patrol the roadways, and arrests will continue for those suspected of driving while in under the influence.  Attorneys defending your rights are considered Essential Workers by the Governor for a reason!

If your charged with a crime or DUI during the ‘Stay At Home’ order, the clock begins ticking on important rights, even in a crisis like this one!  Call now for a free consultation with Jakob McGhie at 360-736-1301, or 360-880-2399 for 24/7 access to a criminal defense attorney.

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Can I Get Medical Treatment during the ‘Stay At Home’ order?

What is open during the ‘Stay At Home’ Order?

Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order in Washington state which will be effective for a minimum of two weeks. The order requests every Washingtonian to stay at home, except for people:

  • Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
  • Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
  • Going to work at an essential business.
  • Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of six feet is maintained.

Can I get medical treatment for my injury?

Yes, the medical profession remains open to care for patients. If you were injured in a car accident or workplace injury, you can continue your treatment.

Yes, your attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno will be assisting clients with their legal cases and helping clients coordinate their treatments after a workplace injury, car accident or personal injury.

Can I contact the Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno?

The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno will be available in both their Centralia and Olympia offices to assist existing clients and new client with their compliance with legally mandated activities and critical sector service.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys and staff are also available for phone and video conferencing by calling (360) 736-1301 or E-mail us at Receptionist@CentraliaLaw.com

Need An Attorney During The Governor’s ‘Stay At Home’ Order!

Do you need an Attorney during the Governor’s ‘Stay At Home’ order?

What is open and closed by the Governor in his Stay At Home Order?

Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order in Washington state which will be effective for a minimum of two weeks. The order requests every Washingtonian to stay at home, except for people:

  • Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
  • Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
  • Going to work at an essential business.
  • Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of six feet is maintained.

Can I meet or speak with my attorney?

Yes, professional services, such as legal or accounting and tax preparation services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities and critical sector service.

The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno will be available in both their Centralia and Olympia offices to assist existing clients and new client with their compliance with legally mandated activities and critical sector service.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys and staff are also available for phone and video conferencing by calling (360) 736-1301 or E-mail us at Receptionist@CentraliaLaw.com

Can I keep getting treatment after my car accident or workplace injury?

Yes, the medical profession remains open to care for patients. If you were injured in a car accident or workplace injury, you can continue your treatment.

Yes, your attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno will be assisting clients with their legal cases.

Can I contact the Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno?

The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno will be available in both their Centralia and Olympia offices to assist existing clients and new client with their compliance with legally mandated activities and critical sector service.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys and staff are also available for phone and video conferencing by calling (360) 736-1301 or E-mail us at Receptionist@CentraliaLaw.com

Same Great Legal Services- In-Person or Phone and Video Conferencing

The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno will continue offering high quality legal services safely in our Centralia and Olympia offices, as well as telephonically and through video conferencing. Schedule today at (360) 736-1301.

The COVID-19 outbreak has created an abundance of caution and interruption in the lives of many families and businesses in our community.

We know that you still need your Estate Planning documents drafted! We know you still hurt and need treatment for your car accident or workplace injury! We know you still court appearances!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP is here when you need us most!

To meet and/or speak with our attorneys about your legal matter in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit www.centralialaw.com. #WA_Attorneys

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Legislature may change definition of “Theft”!

The Washington State Legislature is considering a change to the definition of “Theft” as defined in RCW 9A.56.020.  Currently, Theft means

  • To wrongfully obtain or exert unauthorized control over the property or services of another or the value thereof, with intent to deprive him or her of such property or services; or
  • By color or aid of deception to obtain control over the property or services of another or the value thereof, with intent to deprive him or her of such property or services; or
  • To appropriate lost or misdelivered property or services of another, or the value thereof, with intent to deprive him or her of such property or services.
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia.

In Washington, a person has to physically leave the store before the intervention can take place.  This has put many loss prevention and security officers at risk attempting to contact suspects outside of the retail location.

Therefore, the Legislature is considering amending the definition of “theft” for purposes of theft-related offenses to include concealing the property of another intending to deprive the other person of its use or benefit.

When House Bill 1159 was considered last year, there were concerns about inclusion of the phrase “permanently deprive,” which could make theft offenses crimes of moral turpitude. That phrase has been removed in the current version of the bill.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Centralia and Olympia

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been representing individuals and businesses in our community for more than 70 years. For a FREE Criminal Defense Consultation with our attorneys in Centralia or Olympia, Call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com

 

 

 

I was injured at work and my employer wants to choose my doctor!

I was injured at work and my employer wants to choose my doctor!

An injured worker is not required to see a “company doctor” or the employer’s preferred doctor!  Injured workers have the right to choose their own doctor.  Injured workers also have the right to decide who, if anyone, will accompany them to the doctor.

Injured workers have the right  to decline to have the company nurse or any employer representative accompany them to the hospital, doctor, or any other medical visit. And, your employer can’t discriminate or retaliate against you.

Contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP in Centralia or Olympia

For a free injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CenttraliaLaw.com

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Jakob McGhie named newest Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno announces Jakob McGhie as their newest Partner

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are proud to announce their newest partner Jakob McGhie. Jakob joins existing partners Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno.

“I couldn’t be more excited to become a partner at the firm that has been known for high quality legal representation for nearly 75 years,” said Jakob McGhie, newest partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “Since I became an attorney in 2014, Todd and Peter have not only been great employers, but have also been incredible mentors. It is indescribably humbling to have earned their trust and to become their partner.”

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Peter Abbarno named the Daily Chronicle Newspaper’s Person of the Year!

Peter Abbarno named Person of the Year! 

On a recent day, United Way of Lewis County Executive Director Debbie Campbell received a surprising gift in the form of a note and $500 left in the mail.

Peter Abbarno, attorney and partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, was named the Chronicle Newspaper’s Person of the Year!

“We would like to honor Peter Abbarno for all he does to further education in Lewis County,” read the short letter, written by a local woman who had recently lost her husband.

She didn’t know Abbarno particularly well, but his work in the community had inspired her and her late husband to contribute to a cause he supports.

To Campbell, it’s another piece of tangible, heartwarming evidence of the impacts made by Abbarno, a prolific local volunteer, Centralia city councilor and attorney who has for years dedicated his time, money and expertise to dozens of causes and organizations in both Lewis and Thurston counties.

“Peter has a heart to make our community a better place,” Campbell said. “He believes that improving a community is about solving problems and he not only gives of his time, talent and resources, he supports the good work of others with strategic brainstorming and connecting people with resources. Peter has good will in his heart, and with his energy and perseverance, he has achieved great things for our community.” Indeed, it might be quicker to name the organizations Abbarno has not volunteered his time to than those he has.

Read the story in the Chronicle: Peter Abbarno named Person of the Year

The Secure Act and your Estate Planning

Planning for retirement and estate planning are important at any age. That is why the Estate Planning attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno want our clients to have up-to-date information.  The recently passed, SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) makes changes (some retroactive) to some distributions from IRAs and 401(k) plans.

Plan Ahead for Inherited IRAs

Estate Planning Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno help clients plan.

Before the Secure Act, if you inherited an IRA from someone other than your spouse, you were generally required to take distributions from that account, but you could stretch out those payments over your entire life.

Under the new law passed December 20, 2019, if an IRA owner dies in 2020 or after, the account’s beneficiaries must take all of the money out of the inherited IRA within 10 years after the year of the death. (Some eligible designated beneficiaries (EDBs), including spouses and minor children, are exempt from this rule.)

If you inherit a Roth IRA, there is less concern — everything that comes out of a Roth IRA is tax-free. But with a traditional IRA, you must pay income tax on any distributions in the year you take the money out.

For more information, contact the estate planning attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301.

Retroactive Effect of the SECURE Act

There are some retroactive effects of the SECURE Act. In the case of a participant who died prior to 2020 and left an IRA to a designated beneficiary, on the death of the designated beneficiary, the new 10-year payout rule will now apply.

For example, assume a mother died prior to 2020 and left her IRA to her adult son. The son started a 34-year payout based on his life expectancy. The son dies in January 2020, only 12 years into the payout period. His adult daughter is the successor beneficiary. Even though there are 22 years left in the original payout period, the daughter will be subject to the new 10-year payout period, and the entire amount of the IRA must be distributed to her by Dec. 31, 2030. Under the old rules, the daughter would have been able to stretch out the payments for the remainder of the original 34-year payout period.

For more information, contact the estate planning attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301.

It is now 72

Althauser Rayan Abbarno estate planning attorneys in Olympia and Centralia.

The SECURE Act replaces age 70 ½ with age 72 as the age that triggers Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from retirement accounts, such as traditional IRAs, SEPs, SIMPLEs, SARSEPs, 401(k)s and other defined contribution plans.

For more information, contact the estate planning attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301.

Penalties!

The annual Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) is mandated by law; there are heavy financial penalties for failing to take the RMD on time. The penalty (an excise tax) is 50 percent of the amount you should have withdrawn but did not. For example, if you missed your RMD of $10,000, you owe the U.S. Treasury $5,000. There is a 50% penalty, which can be waived by the IRS if the beneficiary submits a Form 5329 and provides evidence of reasonable cause.

Call Althauser Rayan Abbarno and your CPA

There is a lot more to the SECURE Act that needs to be understood beyond this discussion.  This article does not constitute legal or tax advice for your specific situation.

If you or someone you know has questions about estate planning, call Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301 for a consultation in Centralia or Olympia. Our estate planning attorneys will work with your CPA and financial planners to provide the best results for you and you family.

 

 

Use Your Turn Signal, says Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court says: yes, you must use your signal when turning or changing lanes.

RCW 46.61.305 states that “no person shall turn a vehicle or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety nor without giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided . . . a signal of intention to turn or move right or left when required shall be given continuously during not less than the last one hundred feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.

The court ruled unanimously that the phrase “when required” in state law dictates that drivers must use their signal continuously at least 100 feet ahead of making a turn or changing lanes.

“This ruling will have an impact on both driving infractions, as well as, personal injury cases where liability is an issue,” said Peter Abbarno, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, a full service law firm in Centralia and Olympia. “This decision interprets the statutory language and should have some impact on cases of liability and probable cause.”

The ruling reverses the Court of Appeals that found a signal is required only when public safety is affected.  The decision came in the case of a Kennewick drunk driver who claimed a State Trooper had no cause to pull him over when he didn’t signal a turn.

Contact Althauser Rayan Abbarno

Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP has been representing individuals and businesses in our community since 1946. For a consultation in Centralia or Olympia call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com