Thank you for the recent nomination of Althauser Rayan Abbarno, Peter Abbarno, and Jake McGhie for the “Best of Lewis County!” Please consider voting daily at http://bestoflc.chronline.com/ beginning August 16th.
The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno believe the foundation of any successful community is a quality education. So, partners Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno made supporting educational opportunities for all students one of their core business values.
The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno invite you to join them in supporting some great local organizations that really make a difference in the life of our students. Here are ways you can help our students succeed:
W.F. West Mentorship Program
The Chehalis School District Mentorship Program is a good example of a program that builds relationships and creates partnerships between students and leaders in the community. Abbarno, an active mentor at W.F. West, is looking to help build the program by recruiting mentors. “The Chehalis School District Mentoring Program’s goal is for W.F West seniors to be better prepared for their future pathway, persist through high school challenges, and achieve overall success because they have the support of a mentor,” said Autumn Ledgerwood, Chehalis School District Mentor Coordinator/At-Risk Specialist. “Mentors, like Peter, become part of our students’ lifelong network of people who genuinely seek to foster their professional and personal success beyond high school.”
Washington has a new law that allows for grandparents and other relatives by blood or marriage (including step-family members) the chance to gain visitation with a child who is not their own biological child. The non-parent must prove: (1) they have a strong relationship with the child; and, (2) that the child will suffer harm if visitation is not granted. Although the burden is high for grandparents to awarded visitation with their grandchildren, the door has been opened by the Washington State Legislature.
According to a new recent survey, only 42 percent of U.S. adults currently have estate planning documents such as a will or living trust. For those with children under the age of 18, a mere 36 percent having an end-of-life plan in place. And, having a will may not be enough. Many individuals have a will, but it may not be valid.
The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno urge you to use fireworks legally, responsibly, and safely. Unfortunately, most people are already hearing the “boom” and it may be in violation of the local laws. According to the 2017 State Fire Marshal’s Report, there were more than 345 fireworks-related incidents in 2017, including 83 fires and 262 injuries. This represents an 11 percent increase over the 10-year average. Needless to say, fireworks can cause serious physical harm.
In addition, fireworks accounted for 83 fires resulting in more than $59,000 worth of property damage; and that was only what was reported. Fireworks-related injuries are most common on July 4 and New Year’s Eve. Fireworks can cause death and injury, including burns, contusions, lacerations, and foreign objects in the eye.
That attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are very proud of the quality of our legal services and involvement in the community. Thank you Twin Cities Rotary Club for inviting Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys Jake McGhie, President of the Lewis County Bar Association, and Emily Laz, President of Lewis County Bar Legal Aid, to speak with you today.
Lewis County Bar Legal Aid is a place we can go to get free/reduced fees for civil legal issues. Many places aren’t authorized to give legal advice which makes them very valuable to our community. Lewis County Bar Legal Aid has been a client-centered non-profit organization serving Lewis County for over 25 years.
Our mission is to provide local, accessible, client centered civil legal services to low income residents of Lewis County.
In addition, attorney and partner Peter Abbarno addressed the Centralia Rotary regarding his activities as an attorney, Centralia City Councilor, President of the Centralia College Foundation, and host of the radio show “Let’s Talk About It” which airs on AM1470 KELA weekdays from 8:30am to 9:00am and live streams at Kelaam.com
For more information about Althauser Rayan Abbarno, contact us in Olympia or Centralia at (360) 736-1301.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP attorney Peter Abbarno participated in the Lewis County Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics; a run from Napavine, Washington to Centralia, Washington to raise awareness for Special Olympics athletes in our community.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics. Known honorably as Guardians of the Flame® law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the Flame of Hope into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. Annually, more than 97,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the Flame of Hope, symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.
The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are proud sponsors and supporters of the Lewis County Special Olympics and Special Olympics Washington. Congratulations to all the athletes, community members, and law enforcement for their participation in this great community event.
A study of First Responders published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services found that 3,447 (86%) of the 4,022 respondents experienced critical stress and 1,383 (37%) of the respondents had contemplated suicide. Sadly, the study found 225 (6.6%) had actually tried to take their own life.
This year, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 6214, which makes Firefighters, Paramedics, and Law Enforcement eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) caused by repeat exposure to trauma and stress. The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are happy to see bipartisan steps are being taken to protect those who protect us!
For more information or a free worker’s compensation consultation with our attorneys in Centralia or Olympia, call Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP at (360) 736-1301. If you or a loved one is a First Responder suffering from PTSD and has contemplated suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’, or your local mental health care professional. If you need assistance, we are here to help connect you to the right medical professional
Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno recently joined the Centralia Police Department, Riverside Fire Authority, Centralia Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Centralia Emergency Operation Center staff, and the Centralia Downtown Association for a block party to raise awareness for emergency services in our community.
What should you do after an automobile collision? Ask the Attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno for help! The number of deadly wrecks nationally has skyrocketed by 14 percent to 40,327 from 2014-2016, the largest two year hike in 53 years.
“One way to help protect your family from an injury or fatality is using the proper safety restraints,” said Peter Abbarno, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “One study by the CDC indicated more than 618,000 children ages 0-12 rode in vehicles without the use of a child safety seat restraint at least some of the time. That trend needs to change!” Unfortunately not all accidents or injuries can be prevented.
Another startling statistic is that one out of every six drivers in the state of Washington is uninsured. “The National Highway Transportation Safety Board recently estimated that the average claim for medical costs in a personal injury auto collision is more than $15,000 with little recourse without an attorney,” said Todd Rayan, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “Even with insurance, victims of automobile collisions often need to hire an attorney to protect their rights and receive fair compensation.”
Here are 6 things you should do if you are involved in an automobile collision:
1. Call Law Enforcement
The at-fault driver may dispute their role in the collision leaving an injured motorist or passenger struggling to prove their innocence. Law enforcement is not required to prepare an accident report in every case; therefore, call law enforcement in the event of a collision and ask that they take statements and prepare a report. You don’t always know the extent of vehicle damage or injuries until days later, and sometimes memories fade, so you should make a complete record of the incident at the time that it happens.
2. Exchange Information
Be sure to exchange driver’s license, insurance and registration information with the other automobiles involved in the collision. “Too often we are tracking down information about other drivers, cars and witnesses,” said Abbarno.