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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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18 Fatalities in Thurston County Collisions!

We are only midway through October 2019 and there are 18 reported fatalities due to collisions in Thurston County! In total, there have been 2,806 collisions in Thurston County with 11 fatalities and more than 761 reported injuries.

Call Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia and Centralia at (360) 736-1301

You may be thinking that an injury won’t happen to you or your family! However, 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.

Being injured in a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian collision – or worst yet, having a loved one killed due to the negligence of another – sets off a chain of events nobody is prepared for; pain, suffering, grief, medical bills, insurance adjuster calls, lost wages, towing/impound fees, and property damage!

You have the right to legal advice and the right to help. Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers Free Injury Consultations with No Obligation!

What you should do!

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11 Fatal Collisions in Lewis County!

We are only midway through October 2019 and there are 11 reported fatalities due to collisions in Lewis County! In total, there have been 837 collisions in Lewis County with 11 fatalities and more than 225 reported injuries.

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You may be thinking that an injury won’t happen to you or your family! However, 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.

Being injured in a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian collision – or worst yet, having a loved one killed due to the negligence of another – sets off a chain of events nobody is prepared for; pain, suffering, grief, medical bills, insurance adjuster calls, lost wages, towing/impound fees, and property damage!  You have the right to legal advice and the right to help.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers Free Injury Consultations with No Obligation!

What you should do!

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Althauser Rayan Abbarno: September 2019 Newsletter

September 2019 Newsletter

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno distribute a monthly newsletter to clients and potential clients.  Check out the September Newsletter from Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

 

For a Consultation in Olympia or Centralia call (360) 736-1301 or visit Centralialaw.com. Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been representing individuals and businesses in Washington since 1946.

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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.

Can Your Spouse Keep A Secret?

Can Your Spouse Keep A Secret? Spousal Privilege!

The State of Washington’s Spousal Privilege is found in RCWA 5.60.060(1). How long will the privilege last?

The Washington provision states, with some exceptions, that a spouse shall not  testify against the other spouse without the consent of the spouse. This long-standing rule protects the confidential communications within a marriage and from one spouse receiving information and later sharing a private disclosure to the public in court.

A spouse or domestic partner shall not be examined for or against his or her spouse or domestic partner, without the consent of the spouse or domestic partner; nor can either during marriage or during the domestic partnership or afterward, be without the consent of the other, examined as to any communication made by one to the other during the marriage or the domestic partnership.

However, the New Mexico Supreme Court recently  abolished the spousal communication privilege in a murder case based on testimony by the defendant’s ex-wife and estranged current spouse.

The court said the privilege “has outlived its useful life,” reported by the Legal Profession Blog and the Associated Press. Justifications that have been cited for the privilege “seem little more than soaring rhetoric and legally irrelevant sentimentality,” the court said in its Aug. 30 opinion.

How long with the Spousal Privilege last in Washington and other states? Only more cases examining the privilege will tell, but it is likely receive more scrutiny.

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Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys have been representing individuals and businesses in Washington since 1946. For a Consultation in Olympia or Centralia call (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com

Protect Your Family And Property With Estate Planning

Do you need a Will or Estate Planning assistance?

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Estate Planning Attorneys provides estate planning and probate services for people throughout Washington state. Now more than every, your family should consider a will and prepare an estate plan!

When finances change, consider updating your estate plan or will.

When health concerns arise, consider updating your estate plan or will.

Without an estate plan or will, you jeopardize losing property to taxes and the State!

You need Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys!

If you need experienced legal representation to assist with your estate planning goals or assist with the probate of an estate, contact us today to schedule a consultation in Olympia or Centralia at (360) 736-1301. 

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Hydroplaning! How you can avoid Injury Collisions?

What Is Hydroplaning? How can you avoid Injury Collisions?

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Hydroplaning is when a vehicle starts sliding uncontrollably due to the tires encountering more water than the treads can displace. This time of year, hydroplaning is more common and dangerous!

When driving at high speeds over wet pavement, the water begins to push the front tires off the ground slightly, creating a thin film between the tire and the road. That film, and the resulting separation of the road and tire, causes the driver to lose control of the car and possibly end up in a crash. If you or someone was injured in a car accident, call the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia or Centralia at (360) 736-1301 or CentraliaLaw.com

What Causes Hydroplaning?

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Vocational Counseling: L&I Workplace Injuries

Vocational Counseling: L&I Workplace Injuries

If you were injured at work and have an open L&I claim, you may be eligible for a Vocational Counselor.

Vocational Counselors help injured workers and employers identify return to work options including job modifications. If no appropriate return to work options can be identified with your employer, the vocational counselor will assess your ability to work or need for further services.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorneys and professional staff help secure all your benefits and protect your rights throughout the workers’ compensation process, including vocational counseling.  For a FREE consultation with our attorneys about your case, call (360) 754-5844.

If you are eligible for vocational services your counselor will help you develop a rehabilitation plan aimed at helping you return to the workplace; including but not limited to continuing your education.

Are you not eligible for any jobs in your area?

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