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Supporting Students in Lewis and Thurston Counties

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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Centralia School Supply Drive

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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Explaining Governor Inslee’s Mask Order and Exceptions!

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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Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPL) and face mask orders?

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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Trespassing Protester Denied ‘Necessity Defense’

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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Our Attorneys help restore your rights!

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.

Our Attorneys can help you restore your rights!

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Governor Inslee makes further unprecedented Landlord-Tenant Law orders and restrictions!

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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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.

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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.

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Hiring: Olympia & Centralia Family Law Attorney

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Hiring A Family Law Attorney For Olympia and Centralia!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno is hiring a family law attorney!  Our Vibrant and Community Focused Law Firm has  offices in Olympia and Centralia and a very busy practice in both  Lewis and Thurston counties.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno was nominated best place to work in Lewis County and Best Customer Service in Lewis County by the Daily Chronicle four (4) years in a row. In 2018, our office won Best Place to Work in Lewis County.

Ideal candidate has 1-3 years of family law experience with knowledge of civil practice and court rules, and good writing and organization skills.

We work with our Family Law Clients on many issues, including

  • Divorce/Dissolution;
  • Community and separate property;
  • Child custody and parenting plans;
  • Visitation;
  • Domestic violence protection orders;
  • Anti-harassment orders;
  • Child support;
  • Spousal support and maintenance;
  • Post-secondary support;
  • Relocation; and
  • Modification.

Contact Us!

If you are interested in joining our Legal Team and work in Olympia and Centralia on Family Law cases, please submit cover letter and resume to Todd Rayan at

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Best Customer Service and Best Place to Work!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno was nominated best place to work in Lewis County and Best Customer Service in Lewis County by the Daily Chronicle four (4) years in a row. In 2018, our office won Best Place to Work in Lewis County. We are glad our community noticed- Our clients also notice through better results!!

If you are interested in joining our Legal Team and work in Olympia and Centralia on Family Law cases, please submit cover letter and resume to Todd Rayan at