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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.”

Read more at LewisTalk.com

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.

Read more at ThurstonTalk!

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

Peter Abbarno: Passionate Injury Attorney and Community Leader

Becoming injured is bad enough, but when your injury becomes a legal battle, it’s hard to focus on the important things – like getting well.

Peter Abbarno is a passionate attorney and partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno where he focuses on helping injured workers navigate complex worker’s compensation laws and victims injured in automobile collisions. Since 1946, the law office of Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been practicing in Thurston County and throughout Washington state. Their attorneys, like Peter Abbarno, know the law, as well as the doctors and experts their clients need. This helps Abbarno give his clients the best representation possible.

Peter Abbarno
Peter Abbarno (far right), his wife Holly, Amy DeBolt and Rep. Richard DeBolt, at the 2017 Governor’s Ball in Olympia. Photo credit: Peter Abbarno

“We have a new office in Olympia to make it easier for our clients,” he says. “I am very excited to continue working in Thurston County and the office just makes it that much more convenient.”

Abbarno’s motto is “equal access to justice.” He is very passionate about bringing fairness to injury clients, leveling the playing field, and achieving the best possible results to fully compensate clients for their injuries.

Abbarno is known in the community for his work ethic and ability to get things done.  When not working on injury cases, Abbarno improves the community by serving on Centralia City Council, and on the board of directors for both the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis and Centralia College Foundation. Abbarno also  hosts a radio show entitled, “Let’s Talk About It,” which broadcasts from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday on KELA-AM 1470. Abbarno discusses local, state, and federal issues, as well as government and politics. He also has a variety of guests – from elected officials to non-profit organizations like Raise for Rowyn.

“I want to improve our community by helping others,” said Abbarno. “Injured workers and clients injured in automobile collisions need an attorney that not only understands the law, but understands their circumstances. Clients deserve an attorney who works hard in and out of the courtroom. That is exactly what a client gets when they hire Althauser Rayan Abbarno.”

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

Read the whole article by Kristina Lotz in the ThurstonTalk.com Article about Injury Attorney and Partner Peter Abbarno.

If you or someone you know was injured at work or in an automobile collision, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia.

Peter Abbarno: Guest Editorial on Civil Legal Services

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney and Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno: Guest Editorial in the Chronicle on Civil Legal Services!

We all know that there are critical components of every thriving community. We see them every day in our community, professional and public work — like vibrant public schools, servant leaders taking active roles in our community, volunteers helping those less fortunate to improve their lives, and a fair justice system.

Lewis County Bar Legal Aid has provided civil legal services to low-income residents in Lewis County for more than 25 years. Supporting Legal Aid is not only the right thing to do, but it is a fiscally responsible approach to budgetary constraints. Thank you, Carolyn Hipps, Director of Lewis County Bar Legal Aid, Todd Chaput, and the United Way of Lewis County for your effort and continued support of Legal Aid in Lewis County.

In this time of budget and policy challenges, we should all be able to agree that access to justice is part of what helps our community succeed and is a central part of our democracy.  We should encourage our elected leaders to do all they can to ensure the fairness of our civil justice system, and continue to adequately fund the civil legal aid system.

Read my guest commentary with Todd Chaput in The Chronicle.

Peter Abbarno: Emcee, Auctioneer, and Supporter of Legal Aid

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney and partner Peter Abbarno recently helped the Lewis County Bar Legal Aid raise funds at the Lewis County Veterans Memorial Museum to provide free legal assistance to low income and senior citizen residents of Lewis County.

Lewis County Bar Legal Aid has been a client-centered non-profit organization serving Lewis County for over 25 years. Their mission is to provide local, accessible, client centered civil legal services to low income residents of Lewis County.

Peter Abbarno delivers keynote address at Chamber Scholarship Luncheon

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney Peter Abbarno delivers keynote address at Chamber Scholarship Luncheon.

The top 25 graduating students from both Centralia and Chehalis were honored by the business community and received scholarships Monday at the annual Rob Fuller Luncheon hosted by the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce.

The seniors spoke briefly on plans to attend colleges, trade schools or join the military to become everything from teachers and nurses to accountants and underwater welders during the event at the Great Wolf Lodge.

“Education is the building block for any community,” keynote speaker and Centralia City Councilor Peter Abbarno said. “Graduation is not the end or beginning. Life is a series of chapters in a book.”

At this point, one chapter is closing and another one is beginning for the students, he said.

To read more, visit the Chronicle article.