The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. Although many families will be staying close to home during COVID-19, many drivers may not be expecting the trick-or-treaters who venture out on October 31st!
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:
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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.