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Halloween Safety Tips!

Halloween Safety Tips!

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

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:

Drivers

  • 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.

Parents

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Protect Yourself After A Vehicle Collision!

Many of us take our commutes for granted. Whether one hour or 10 minutes, routine commutes can be dangerous. Statistics evidence that 52% of all vehicle collisions occur within 5 miles of home and only 17% occur more than 20 miles away from home.

Maybe it is because we are more likely to drive near our residence. Maybe it is because we let our guard down when we are closer to home. Regardless, vehicle collisions can have a devastating impact on you and your family.

Being injured in a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian collision sets off a chain of events nobody is prepared for; medical bills and property damage are likely just tips of the iceberg. There may be lost wages, towing/impound fees; pain, suffering, and tons of confusing paperwork.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys are here when you need us most! Since 1946, our attorneys have helped injured clients throughout the State of Washington.

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Althuaser Rayan Abbarno 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 2014.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Back To School Supply Drive in Centralia

“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.”

The Centralia Back to School Supply Drive is collecting donations at the National Night Out event in Centralia at Washington Park on August 6 and at Walmart-Chehalis on August 16-18. In addition, donations can be delivered to Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia, The Chronicle, Centralia City Hall, Dick’s Brewery, and Black Dog Pottery.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP is proud to be a supporter and sponsor of the 19th Annual Little Red School House Back to School Supply Drive and Fundraiser.

“Every child, regardless of their family’s household income, should have the necessary tools to be successful in school,” added Abbarno. “This is about opportunity and helping our students to reach their full potential without having to struggle to have the basic school supplies and clothing.”

Althauser Rayan Abbarno sponsors the Little Red Schoolhouse Back to School Supply Drive.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno sponsors the Little Red Schoolhouse Back to School Supply Drive.

This year, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP will be matching $1,000.00 of donations during the KXXO Mixx 96.1 live radio fundraising event on Friday, August 9 beginning at 6:00am.

“We are proud to join the other amazing sponsors: Heritage Bank, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, evergreenDIRECT Credit Union, and Moerke & Sons Pump & Well Drilling,” said Todd Rayan, Partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno.  #ChooseLocalFirst

How to donate? Listen to KXXO Mixx 96.1 on Monday; Visit KXXO online, or Send checks made out to Little Red Schoolhouse to: P.O. Box 6302, Olympia, WA 98507.

The team at the Little Red Schoolhouse will then distribute the school supplies, backpacks, and socks and underwear to all Thurston County families in need at Komachin Middle School, 3650 College St. SE, Lacey (IT route #64) from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M on Thursday, August 15.

Peter Abbarno meets with Centralia SkillsUSA State Champions!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno recently met with Centralia High School Students who won the State SkillsUSA Championship to discuss workforce development. The students have qualified for the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, KY in July.

The mission of SkillsUSA  is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA serves more than 335,000 students and instructors annually. This includes 19,500 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 395,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.5 million annual members cumulatively since 1965.

“As a member of the Lewis County Economic Development Board and as President of the Centralia College Foundation, I am very proud of their collaboration with the school districts, local employers, and Centralia College,” said Abbarno. “Workforce development, along with vocational and technical opportunities for our students is a priority; and we are doing something about it.”

The EDC plans to expand their work with schools to promote career and technical education and Centralia College anticipates expanding and creating programs based on EDC Workforce Development research. The College and Foundation are even discussing building a 12,000 square foot industrial training building!

The team will be working to raise funds to support the trip. Persons or businesses interested in helping to send the team to Louisville can contact Centralia High School at 360-330-7605.

If you would like to hear the interview with Peter Abbarno and the Centralia HS students on KELA AM1470, visit the Centralia School District and scroll to the bottom of their article.

 

The attorneys and staff of Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are once again supporting the Miss Lewis County Scholarship program!  Miss Lewis County 2017 Kennedy Woods and the 2018 Contestants for the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program are hard at work preparing for the pageant on Saturday, March 10th. The Miss Lewis County Scholarship Program was not only supported by the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno, but by Peter Abbarno who served as a mock judge for the contestants for the month prior to the competition.

“I was honored to be a mock judge for the contestants and help them prepare for the pageant,” said Peter Abbarno, Partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno.  “I am very proud of all of them! They are all very deserving.”

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Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Partner Peter Abbarno will be announcing the Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade before the Centralia Winterfest Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, December 9th live on KELA / KMNT Radio 104.3 FM and streaming online at www.KMNT.com! Parade begins at 6pm and broadcast begins live at 4pm!

Be sure to visit all the local small businesses and the KMNT broadcast tent on the corner of W. Magnolia and Tower Avenue next to O’Blarney’s at the Gibson House in historic downtown City of Centralia to pick up your Althauser Rayan Abbarno candy filled bottles and other swag beginning at 4pm and while they last.

If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision or at work, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE consultation at (360) 736-1301 in Centralia or Olympia!

Peter Abbarno attends Centralia College Washington Hall Dedication!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner, Peter Abbarno, recently attended the re-dedication of Washington Hall on the Centralia College campus in honor of Centralia’s founder, George Washington. The City of Centralia is the largest city in America founded by a former slave and African American couple.

“If there is a place in this world where there is peace, I will find it,” George Washington. And, he found it right here is Lewis County in the City of Centralia.

Former Washington State Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander gave the keynote and historical perspective; along with Centralia College trustee Stuart Halsan, at the dedication of Washington Hall.

Emily Laz: Family Law and Public Service at Althauser Rayan Abbarno!

Emily Laz: Althauser Rayan Abbarno Associate and Family Law Attorney

“I didn’t want to be a lawyer to make a bunch of money. I wanted to be a lawyer so I could help people,” Emily Laz, an attorney at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, says. “I can do that by representing clients when they are most vulnerable and guiding them through the process.”

Emily, an Oregon native and University of Oregon Alumnus, graduated from Vermont Law School with a Juris Doctor and Masters in Environmental Law.

She joined Althauser Rayan Abbarno in 2014 as an associate attorney representing clients in divorce proceedings, child custody and child support disputes, domestic violence protection order hearings, and adoptions. “In my area of practice, there is no shortage of emotions,” noted Emily. “My clients want solutions and they want an attorney that can help provide them. That is why they come to me.”

Emily loves small town life since moving to Centralia three years ago. “I get really upset about traffic when I have to sit through one light cycle,” she laughs. She loves how friendly everyone is and that people like to help each other out. After all, that’s what she wants to do too. “I just want to give back.”

The team at Althauser Rayan Abbarno from left: Emily Laz, Jakob McGhie, Todd Rayan, Peter Abbarno and Allyson Felt. Everyone at Althauser Rayan Abbarno is as dedicated to giving back as Emily is – it’s part of their company culture.

Emily wasted no time in joining the Lewis County Bar Legal Aid. Her first year she was on the board and now she is president of the board. Emily is consistently among the top attorneys in Lewis County for donating free legal services to low-income residents. She was also on the Centralia Downtown Association in the past, which allowed her to meet people and business owners in the city.

Legal Aid provides free legal advice to those who need it for matters such as family law, landlord/tenant problems and other issues. You make an appointment, and the lawyer will go over your case and tell you if it’s something you can do on your own. If not, they find a lawyer who will take the case pro bono, meaning for free.

“Lewis County Bar Legal Aid saw a 34 percent decrease in pro bono hours over the past year, which means people in our community are not being served,” Emily says. “And our state funding is based on how much need there is and if we’re only reporting a limited number of hours, then it looks like there is not a need. But what I think it really is, is that lawyers are doing the cases pro bono, but not reporting them to Legal Aid.”

The Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP law office is conveniently located the historic downtown Centralia. Photo courtesy: Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP
To make up the lack of funds, Emily is working on a series of fundraising efforts for this year to help fill the gap in funding to make sure there is always someone around to answer questions. These fundraisers are just another way for the attorneys throughout Lewis County to give back.

“Choosing the right attorney is very important. Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a firm that builds relationships. In addition to my practice, our attorneys handle personal injury and worker’s compensation cases, estate planning and probate, contract and property disputes, criminal defense, and business and corporate law. We truly will guide you through virtually every issue and scenario.”

Read more at LewisTalk.com

For more information, visit Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s website or call their offices at 360-736-1301 (Centralia) and 360-352-1134 (Olympia).

Allyson Felt: Newest Associate with Althauser Rayan Abbarno

Newest Associate Allyson Felt handles all your Estate Planning needs.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno recently added Allyson Felt to their all-star team as their law firm continues to grow. Allyson’s practice will focus on estate planning, probate, contract and property disputes, and civil litigation.  Allyson is bringing a lot of experience to our community and Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s estate planning practice.

Allyson concurrently earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Broadcast Journalism and News Editorial from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010. From there, she relocated to the State of Oklahoma where she attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Prior to joining Althauser Rayan Abbarno, Allyson worked as an associate in-house counsel at a title insurance company located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Why You Need to Plan:

No one wants to think about death, but it’s as sure as taxes. So taking care of your loved ones and not leaving them serious financial burdens is important. It is your responsibility to make known how you would like your estate distributed.

“It’s hard for some people to go through this process because maybe they aren’t at that point in their life yet where they want to think about that,” Allyson says. “But it really is financially responsible, especially if you have a family or loved ones that you specifically want things to go to, or you have wishes regarding what happens after your death. These things are really helpful regardless of age.”

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has an easy process to get your affairs in order quickly. “Come in, meet with an attorney and we will set up the documentation you need, and that way you can be sure that in the worst-case scenario, if you are no longer there for you family, you have still provided for them,” Allyson explains.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s basic will package includes a will, durable and medical powers of attorney, health care directive and community property agreements, if advisable, together with a whole host of other planning tools to best fit individual needs. The attorneys will tailor a package based on your assets and needs. “Attorneys who don’t practice in this area too often sell their client’s unneeded trusts or unnecessarily complicated plans,” says Allyson. “We don’t subscribe to making things complicated for complication’s sake. Our goal is to provide a plan that is as simple and cost effective as possible to provide you the protection you need.”

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers the benefits of a full- service firm,” noted Allyson. “We want to build a relationship with our clients. Often our discussions lead to other areas of need such as personal injury, worker’s compensation, criminal defense, family law, contract and property disputes, and corporate and business law. Our six attorneys handle them all.”

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For more information about estate planning or the law firm, visit Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s website or call their offices at 360-736-1301 (Centralia) and 360-352-1134 (Olympia).

Another Reason to Choose Althauser Rayan Abbarno!

The Associate Attorneys are another reason to choose Althauser Rayan Abbarno by Kristina Lotz at Thurston Talk!

The associate attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are passionate about serving the Lewis and Thurston County communities – a place they work, play and call home.

Allyson Felt

Associate Attorney Allyson Felt focuses on civil litigation, including contract disputes, estate planning, probate and real property. “I appreciate being able to truly help our clients and make a difference for them during a struggle they are having,” she says. “For me, that is what is most rewarding about it.”

She calls Thurston County home and loves to hike with her dog, a five-year-old Golden Retriever, Henry. She also loves participating in the local sport groups that meet to socialize and get healthy, as well as the “watch parties” for a variety of teams like the Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders, though truth be told, she is a Packers fan at heart. She is also a member of the Thurston County Bar Association.

Emily Laz

Associate Attorney Emily Laz focuses on family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, domestic violence protection orders and anti-harassment orders. “When families are in need of a family lawyer, they are incredibly stressed out and at a very traumatic point in their lives,” she says. “I like to help them through it. My job is equal parts counselor and attorney and I very much enjoy that.”

Emily loves hiking through Capitol Forest and the waterfront with her dog, a one-year-old Border Collie named Tucker. Allyson and Emily go on doggy playdates with their four-legged friends.

Jakob McGhie

Associate Attorney Jakob McGhie’s practice focuses on criminal defense, including felony and misdemeanor criminal defense, firearm rights restoration, traffic infractions and the expungement and sealing of criminal records. “The reason I became a lawyer is because I love the fact that we live in a nation that is ruled by a set of laws and core principles,” he says. “And I see being a criminal defense attorney – defending people who could be wrongly accused – and making sure they receive a strong, thorough and complete defense, as necessary for a functioning democracy.”

He represents the greater Olympia region on the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyer Committee and is a member of the Thurston County Bar Association. Jake also loves to hike in Capitol Forest and can often be found at Olympic Card and Comics.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno prides itself on being a firm that takes care of all your legal needs. Whether you were injured in an automobile collision or at work, or have any other legal need, the Althauser Rayan Abbarno team makes sure clients and their families are represented from top to bottom.

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For more information visit Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s website or call 360-352-1134.