In 2018, the Washington State Legislature passed new regulations regarding service animals. The law went into effect in 2019 and states that service animals are restricted to dogs and small horses and that emotional support and comfort animals are excluded from the definition of service animals.
Horses and Dogs Only!
“Service animal” means any dog or miniature horse, as discussed in RCW 49.60.214, that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability . . . the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks.
State law now has less flexibility on what species of animal may be trained as a service animal. “Service animal” is defined as either a dog or a miniature horse. This change eliminates the possibility of trained cats, monkeys, birds, larger horses, or other animals.
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The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have been representing individuals and businesses in our community since 1946. Providing information about the law and changes to the law help our clients and potential clients be better prepared. Call our attorneys for a consultation in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com
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The State of Washington’s Spousal Privilege is found in RCWA 5.60.060(1). How long will the privilege last?
The Washington provision states, with some exceptions, that a spouse shall not testify against the other spouse without the consent of the spouse. This long-standing rule protects the confidential communications within a marriage and from one spouse receiving information and later sharing a private disclosure to the public in court.
A spouse or domestic partner shall not be examined for or against his or her spouse or domestic partner, without the consent of the spouse or domestic partner; nor can either during marriage or during the domestic partnership or afterward, be without the consent of the other, examined as to any communication made by one to the other during the marriage or the domestic partnership.
However, the New Mexico Supreme Court recently abolished the spousal communication privilege in a murder case based on testimony by the defendant’s ex-wife and estranged current spouse.
The court said the privilege “has outlived its useful life,” reported by the Legal Profession Blog and the Associated Press. Justifications that have been cited for the privilege “seem little more than soaring rhetoric and legally irrelevant sentimentality,” the court said in its Aug. 30 opinion.
How long with the Spousal Privilege last in Washington and other states? Only more cases examining the privilege will tell, but it is likely receive more scrutiny.
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The Legislature made many changes to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act: Are you prepared for the changes?
Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys Jake McGhie and Peter Abbarno gave a Residential Landlord-Tenant Act update to the Lewis County Chapter of Washington Realtors after the Washington State Legislature changed many provisions, and added a few, this past session! Our attorneys enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the new laws.
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*This presentation should not be considered legal advice. Every Property and Landlord-Tenant case is fact specific. For more information about your case or for legal advice, contact your experienced property attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno.
What Is Hydroplaning? How can you avoid Injury Collisions?
Hydroplaning is when a vehicle starts sliding uncontrollably due to the tires encountering more water than the treads can displace. This time of year, hydroplaning is more common and dangerous!
When driving at high speeds over wet pavement, the water begins to push the front tires off the ground slightly, creating a thin film between the tire and the road. That film, and the resulting separation of the road and tire, causes the driver to lose control of the car and possibly end up in a crash. If you or someone was injured in a car accident, call the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia or Centralia at (360) 736-1301 or CentraliaLaw.com
If you were injured at work and have an open L&I claim, you may be eligible for a Vocational Counselor.
Vocational Counselors help injured workers and employers identify return to work options including job modifications. If no appropriate return to work options can be identified with your employer, the vocational counselor will assess your ability to work or need for further services.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys and professional staff help secure all your benefits and protect your rights throughout the workers’ compensation process, including vocational counseling. For a FREE consultation with our attorneys about your case, call (360) 754-5844.
If you are eligible for vocational services your counselor will help you develop a rehabilitation plan aimed at helping you return to the workplace; including but not limited to continuing your education.
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