Halloween Safety Tips!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Although many families will be staying close to home during COVID-19, many drivers may not be expecting the trick-or-treaters who venture out on October 31st!
Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.
Halloween is a fun, so drivers, parents, and trick-or-treaters often forget the dangers. It is a time to be more alert. If you or someone you know is injured, call the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301.
Here are some tips to keep you safe this Halloween:
- Slow down and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to allow for more time to react if children run into the road;
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Dar costumes are hard to see and the pedestrians may be distracted;
- Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys; and
- Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in at dusk.
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The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are supporting students in both Lewis and Thurston counties with their sponsorship of the Centralia Back to School Supply Drive and The Little Red Schoolhouse Project. Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in Centralia and Olympia.
In Centralia, the Back-To-School Supply Drive was started by Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno in 2013. Even students not starting school in-person are going to need supplies to complete weekly homework. In reality, the need has never been greater since students don’t have access to Supply Drive supplies at school or shared resources.
“My wife is a teacher in Centralia, said Abbarno. “She would regularly ask the law office, and our household personally, to buy or donate school supplies for students in the district. Eventually, I thought it was a good idea to start a supply drive.”
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Each year a “Back to School/Stuff the Bus” supply drive is held in Centralia to benefit students in need. Last year the supply drive collected over $3,000 worth of monetary donations, clothing, and school supplies for our Centralia School District students. Why is this so important?
Centralia School District is considered a high poverty district with over 80% of its students considered from low income households. These students, and many more, do not have the necessary items to be successful. The Stuff the Bus supply drive is the biggest contributor of school supplies to our district. The greatest thing about this drive is that the items collected are taken directly to the schools so that teachers and counselors can supply the students directly with their exact needs.
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Governor Inslee and the Secretary of Health have signed a proclamation requiring all persons to wear a face covering in public in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Washington State, beginning Friday, June 26, 2020.
However, the order does not apply to all persons, and contains a few exceptions. The order states as follows:
Every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any indoor or outdoor public setting, including, but not limited to:
- Inside any building, including, but not limited to, any business, that is open to the public;
- In healthcare settings, including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician’s or dentist’s office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
- While in line waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit, or while riding in a taxi, private care service, ride-sharing vehicle, or other for hire vehicle; and
- In outdoor public areas, including but not limited public parks, trails, streets, sidewalks, lines for entry, exit, or service, and recreation areas, when a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from any non-household member.
Individuals may remove their face coverings when in public settings under the following circumstances:
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Does the Governor’s face mask order impact your Concealed Pistol License?
On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee ordered that all persons must wear a face mask in public when unable to social distance. Does this order impact your rights under a Concealed Pistol License (CPL)?
Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP Attorneys have received calls from Lewis and Thurston County residents wanting information regarding the ability to carry a pistol concealed with a valid Concealed Pistol License (CPL) while wearing a face mask, in compliance with the COVID-19 health orders.
It is legal for the holder of a valid CPL to carry a pistol concealed on his or her person while wearing a face mask. Many residents have referenced RCW 9.41.070, but there is no provisions preventing the wearing of face masks or covering. Several other states have a regulation that prevents those with a face covering from carrying a firearm, but Washington state does not have such a law.
Our attorneys have also received calls that local law enforcement is not processing Concealed Pistol Licenses at this time. Due to the backlog of requests, many local law enforcement agencies require appointments for fingerprinting and processing of CPLs. Here is a list of local agencies to call for more information or to schedule an appointment:
- Lewis County Sheriff’s Office: (360) 748-9286
- Centralia Police Department: (360) 330-7680
- Chehalis Police Department: (360) 748-8605
- Thurston County Sheriff’s Office: (360) 786-5500
Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia & Olympia can help!
- Transferring a firearm (estate or probate transfer)?
- Restoration of the right to possess a firearm?
- Concealed Pistol Licensing laws?
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The Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 3, recently denied a protesters claim that his trespass on a BNSF Railway Company mainline track was ‘necessary’ to end the transport of coal and end global warming. The decision, released on June 9, 2020, comes at a very relevant time as protesters occupy buildings, including Seattle City Hall.
“An act is justified if it by necessity is taken in a reasonable belief that the harm or evil to be prevented by the act is greater than the harm caused by violating the criminal statute.” State v. Aver, 109 Wn.2d 303 (1987).
What Does the Law Say?
To raise the defense of necessity, a defendant must show by a preponderance of the evidence the following:
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On June 2, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the State’s eviction moratorium as part of his office’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Most evictions in the State of Washington are prohibited until no sooner than August 1, 2020. That moratorium was extended, again, this week!
The actions that property owners can take are limited to very few situations, and there are requirements imposed on them to establish that those situations apply in a given case.
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Initially, the Governor placed a temporary moratorium on evictions based on non-payment of rent on March 18, ordering that “residential landlords are prohibited from serving a notice of unlawful detainer for default payment or rent,” and prohibited “issuing a 20-day notice . . . related to such property” as well.
That initial order was scheduled to expire on April 17th.
Later on April 16, 2020, the Governor renewed and expanded that moratorium, prohibiting
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Do you need a valid will and Estate Plan?
The “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin’s missing husband’s will was forged, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister. Baskin’s husband Don Lewis vanished in 1997 and was declared legally dead in 2002.
The Netflix series “Tiger King” emphasized the mysterious nature of Lewis’ disappearance and showed speculation by Baskin’s rival Joe Exotic that she was involved. She has denied any involvement in the disappearance.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told the local news station WTSP that Lewis’ will was forged and Lewis’ signature was ‘traced‘ on the will and not properly witnessed. The will left his estate, estimated to be worth about $10 million, to Baskin and cut out his family, according to Fox News. “They had two experts deem it 100% a forgery. But, we knew that … we knew that before,” Chronister told WTSP.
According to Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys, recent surveys indicate 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.
If you don’t have a will or have not updated your will, call the Althauser Rayan Abbarno estate planning attorneys in Olympia and Centralia at (360) 736-1301.
Washington State Requirements For A Valid Will
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Do you qualify to have your rights restored after a conviction?
Now is a great time to consult with an experienced Rights Restoration attorney to see if you qualify to clear your record and restore your rights to possess a firearm. With recent legislative changes, more people than ever are eligible to restore their civil liberties.
The attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno have years of experience helping people clear their records, restore their good name, and participate in the full rights and privileges of citizenship. For a FREE consultation in Centralia or Olympia, call (360) 736-1301.
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What are the Governor’s changes to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Law?
The government of the State of Washington and Governor Inslee have repeatedly taken unprecedented legal and economic action to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and those actions have specific impacts on landlords and tenants.
Initially, the Governor placed a temporary moratorium on evictions based on non-payment of rent. On March 18, Governor Inslee ordered that “residential landlords are prohibited from serving a notice of unlawful detainer for default payment or rent,” and prohibited “issuing a 20-day notice . . . related to such property” as well. That initial order was scheduled to expire on April 17th.
However, on April 16, 2020, Governor Inslee renewed and expanded that moratorium, prohibiting a vast array of actions landlords ordinarily rely to enforce a tenant’s compliance with the terms of a their rental agreements.
Did the Governor re-write RCW 59.18?
Do the Governor’s Actions Violate Separation of Powers?
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