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
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.
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.
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
After a workplace injury, injured Workers often feel the Department of Labor and Industries
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
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.
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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
In 2019, Althauser Rayan Abbarno was nominated the “Best Customer Service” and “Best Place to Work” in Lewis County. In 2018, the law firm won the “Best Place To Work” award!
“We are very honored to be nominated as one of the Best in Lewis County,” said Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Todd Rayan. “We take pride and ownership in the law firm and our cases and it show in the positive reviews and results for our clients! We strive to be the best law firm in our community.”
Additionally, Althauser Rayan Abbarno Partner Peter Abbarno was nominated Best Elected Official in Lewis County for 4 straight years and won the award in 2019.
Rear end auto accidents take place on our roads every day. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there have been 33,999 automobile related collisions in the State of Washington this year resulting in 172 fatalities.
Collisions can occur at any time and can happen to anyone. While these types of collisions are common, they are completely preventable by knowing and understanding the rules of the road and staying alert.
For more than 70 years, the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have represented victims of automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian collisions throughout the State of Washington.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers Free Injury Consultations in Olympia and Centralia by calling (360) 736-1301.
Picture this: You’re injured in a car accident caused by another driver. You are treating for your injury and told by an insurance company that you must attend an “Independent” Medical Examination because they don’t believe you are hurt as bad as you claim.
In some cases, the IME is scheduled by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Unless you are in litigation, you do not have to comply with an examination request by the other driver’s insurance. If you are in litigation (a summons and complaint has been filed), you should have an attorney by this point! You do not have an obligation to cooperate with the opposing insurance company until such time as litigation is initiated.
Other times, you own insurance will schedule the IME or in the form of a Civil Rule 35 Examination. You have an obligation to cooperate with your own insurance because of the contractual relationship you have. This means- you agree to cooperate when you paid for insurance and signed the initial coverage documents. And, your insurance company agreed to cover you if you agreed to cooperate in the event you are injured.
Insurance companies often use “IME’s” to save money from paying you Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or Un/Under-Insured Motorist Insurance (UIM). In most cases, their medical examiners are “hired guns” willing to offer the right medical opinion to justify the goal- cut off your benefits. Their examiner often states you no longer need treatment or that treatment was not needed.
Unfortunately, IME opinions from insurance companies are treated like commodities . If you find yourself being requested to submit to an “Insurance Medical Exam,” here are a few suggestions.
First, we recommend you hire experienced injury attorneys like Althauser Rayan Abbarno. We recommend you schedule a consultation to meet with your attorney. You don’t need to driver to Tacoma or Seattle- Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in Centralia and Olympia and has delivered results for our clients for over 70 years.
The value of an attorney at this point in your case will greatly outweigh any cost or fee you might pay. At Althauser Rayan Abbarno, prepare our clients for the IME by reviewing the medical with them and showing them IME training videos. In addition, our attorneys can send someone to attend the examination with our clients, and in many cases, record the examination to ensure the doctor is being fair.
Second, whether you hire an attorney or not, be sure to start by reading your policy. The insurance company’s right to request an exam is contained within the insurance contract. Review it to make sure the company is not violating any of the policy provisions.
Third, make sure you give the examiner an accurate description of your prior health problems, current complaints, and the facts of the crash. You will most likely receive a questionnaire. If you miss a condition- it will be used against you. Any discrepancies will be used against you. This form will become evidence and can be used to help and hurt your claim.
Lastly, schedule an appointment with your doctor soon after attending your IME. Your
treating doctor can conduct a similar examination to dispute the results of the IME. In, many cases, our attorneys will work with your treating physician and request specific examinations and schedule our own IME with another doctor of our choosing.
Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has represented victims of car accidents and workplace injuries. For a FREE consultation in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com
According to WSDOT, there have been 220 pedestrian and bicycle collisions in 2019, with 15 fatalities. Pedestrian and bicycle collisions with automobiles are on the rise. Car, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident?
Call the experienced injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP at (360) 736-1301 for a FREE consultation and case evaluation. The #WA_Attorneys with Althasuer Rayan Abbarno offer FREE consultations in Olympia and Centralia.
The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP (especially these two) are proud sponsors and supporters of the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program and Miss Lewis County WA 2019 Rebecca Ford! Rebecca visited the office to raise money and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during #ChildrensHospitalWeek.
Consider supporting her efforts by
1. Joining our very own Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP Peter Abbarno and Cindy Godsey by wearing your #ChildrensHospitalWeek bandage!
2. Sharing the picture on social media.
3. Texting ‘healkids’ to 51555 or contacting the Rebecca to make a donation.
For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has supported community organizations like the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program. Learn more about Althauser Rayan Abbarno and their legal services in Centralia and Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.