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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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Eviction Moratorium Extended Again! What You Need to Know!

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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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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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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Abbarno admitted to practice in the State of Oregon

This week, Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney and partner Peter Abbarno was admitted to practice law in the State of Oregon.

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a local law firm established in Centralia back in 1946. For almost 75 years we represented business and individuals in our community with offices in Centralia and Olympia. Our law firm increasingly represents clients throughout the State of Washington, and receives calls from Oregon. Peter’s admittance into the Oregon Bar is a testament to our reputation in the legal practice,” said Todd Rayan, attorney and partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

Peter earned a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2008 and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Washington in 2009.

In 2010, Peter joined Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan, LLP, currently known as Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP.  He became partner in 2013.  Peter’s practice includes business and corporate law, landlord-tenant law, estate planning, family law, personal injury, and workers’ compensation.

For a consultation with an Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney in Centralia or Olympia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com

 

 

Buying or Selling Property: Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) goes up January 1st!

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, ESSB 5998 made changes to the real estate excise tax program, which can have a significant impact on certain property transactions, said Peter Abbarno and Todd Rayan, partners with the law firm Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP.

The real estate excise tax is imposed at the following rates, beginning January 1st:

  • 1.1 percent if the selling price is equal to or less than $500,000;
  • 1.28 percent on the portion of the selling price that is greater than $500,000, but equal to or less than $1,500,000;
  • 2.75 percent on the portion of the selling price that is greater than $1,500,000, but equal to or less than $3,000,000; and
  • 3 percent on the portion of the selling price that is greater than $3,000,000.

A rate of 1.28 percent is imposed on the sale of undeveloped land, timberland, agricultural land, and water or mineral rights, regardless of selling price.

There have been a lot of land classification and REET rate questions towards the end of the year, said Peter Abbarno, attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. For certain property transactions, it was very important to finalize  prior to January 1 and avoid the tax increase.

Real estate excise tax (REET) is a tax on the sale of real estate. The real estate excise tax is typically paid by the seller of the property, although the buyer is liable for the tax if it is not paid. The tax applies to the seller. The tax also applies to transfers of controlling interests (50% or more) in entities that own property in the state.

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The Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are proud sponsors of the weekly Seattle Seahawks Injury Report and local live broadcast of the game.

FREE Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Consultation in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 754-5844 or visiting www.CentraliaLaw.com.

Delivering Access, Fairness, and Results!

Olympia and Centralia Injury Attorneys

Since 1946, the Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have been delivering results to their clients by making sure you have access and fairness. We know the rules! We know the procedures! We know how to get results for you and your family.

Car Accident – Personal Injury Attorneys

After a collision, injury victims often feel the insurance company is not playing fair.  Victims are often asked to give the insurance company a taped statement, give the insurance company access to all their medical, and accept an insurance company’s low offer.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno will protect your rights and benefits! Our experienced car accident and personal injury attorneys have gone toe-to-toe with the insurance companies and won.  If you don’t recover financially, Althauser Rayan Abbarno charges NO FEES!  That is our promise to you.

To meet with our attorneys in Olympia or Centralis for an no cost – no obligation appointment, call (360) 736-1301

Workplace – Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

After a workplace injury, injured Workers often feel the Department of Labor and Industries

Free Injury Consultation in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301

is not playing fair.  Workers at bullied by employers, asked to see Department doctors, and urged to go back to work before they are healed.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno will protect your rights and benefits. Our experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys will fight for your medical care, time loss, vocational services, and all your rights and benefits.

To meet with our attorneys in Olympia or Centralis for an no cost – no obligation appointment, call (360) 736-1301

Contact Injury Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia

Local Lawyers in Olympia and Centralia!

For a FREE Injury consultation in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com. Our six (6) attorneys in Olympia and Centralia are ready to assist you with all your legal needs. Call (360) 736-1301 and schedule an appointment today.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno was voted Best Place to Work by the Daily Chronicle and nominated for the Best Customer Service the past 4 years. Come see the difference at Althauser Rayan Abbarno and schedule your no cost – no obligation appointment today by calling (360) 736-1301.

 

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Contractual Non-Compete Clauses are Changing!

Covenants of noncompetition: Today

Generally, courts in the State of Washington will enforce covenants of noncompetition if the covenant is reasonable.

Whether a covenant is reasonable involves a consideration of three factors: (1) whether restraint is necessary for the protection of the business or goodwill of an employer, (2) whether it imposes upon the employee any greater restraint than is reasonably necessary to secure the employer’s business or goodwill, and (3) whether the degree of injury to the public is such that the loss of the service and skill of the employee warrants nonenforcement of the covenant.

A covenant not to compete must be supported by consideration. If the covenant not to compete is entered into at the time that employment commences, the general rule in Washington is that consideration sufficient to support the covenant is inherent in employment itself.  On the other hand, if the covenant not to compete is entered into after employment commences, there must be independent consideration.

Public policy requires that a court carefully examine covenants not to compete, even when protection of a legitimate business interest is demonstrated, because of equally competing concerns of freedom of employment and free access of the public to professional services.

Covenants of noncompetition: January 1, 2020

Beginning January 1, 2020 there will be a new standard for covenants of noncompetition between employers and employees, which prohibit employees from seeking employment with competing companies. The new standard was passed by the State Legislature in the 2019 Session.

The new law makes these employment agreements unenforceable unless they meet a newly defined set of criteria, including that the employee earns more than $100,000 per year (adjusted for inflation) and that the noncompete period does not exceed 18 months.

If the agreement is a condition of employment, the terms of the agreement must be disclosed to prospective employees beforehand. It also requires that laid-off employees continue to be paid during the enforcement period.

The new law also prohibits noncompete agreements for contractors unless the contractor is paid more than $250,000, and allows courts to assess damages or a $5,000 penalty, whichever is greater, plus attorney fees.

Contacting Althauser Rayan Abbarno

Many contracts are complex and confusing for both sides of the agreement. Understanding your rights and responsibilities is very important. For a consultation with an Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney in Centralia or Olympia call (360) 736-1301 or visit Centralialaw.com