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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. 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:

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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The Secure Act and your Estate Planning

Planning for retirement and estate planning are important at any age. That is why the Estate Planning attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno want our clients to have up-to-date information.  The recently passed, SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) makes changes (some retroactive) to some distributions from IRAs and 401(k) plans.

Plan Ahead for Inherited IRAs

Estate Planning Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno help clients plan.

Before the Secure Act, if you inherited an IRA from someone other than your spouse, you were generally required to take distributions from that account, but you could stretch out those payments over your entire life.

Under the new law passed December 20, 2019, if an IRA owner dies in 2020 or after, the account’s beneficiaries must take all of the money out of the inherited IRA within 10 years after the year of the death. (Some eligible designated beneficiaries (EDBs), including spouses and minor children, are exempt from this rule.)

If you inherit a Roth IRA, there is less concern — everything that comes out of a Roth IRA is tax-free. But with a traditional IRA, you must pay income tax on any distributions in the year you take the money out.

For more information, contact the estate planning attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301.

Retroactive Effect of the SECURE Act

There are some retroactive effects of the SECURE Act. In the case of a participant who died prior to 2020 and left an IRA to a designated beneficiary, on the death of the designated beneficiary, the new 10-year payout rule will now apply.

For example, assume a mother died prior to 2020 and left her IRA to her adult son. The son started a 34-year payout based on his life expectancy. The son dies in January 2020, only 12 years into the payout period. His adult daughter is the successor beneficiary. Even though there are 22 years left in the original payout period, the daughter will be subject to the new 10-year payout period, and the entire amount of the IRA must be distributed to her by Dec. 31, 2030. Under the old rules, the daughter would have been able to stretch out the payments for the remainder of the original 34-year payout period.

For more information, contact the estate planning attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301.

It is now 72

Althauser Rayan Abbarno estate planning attorneys in Olympia and Centralia.

The SECURE Act replaces age 70 ½ with age 72 as the age that triggers Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from retirement accounts, such as traditional IRAs, SEPs, SIMPLEs, SARSEPs, 401(k)s and other defined contribution plans.

For more information, contact the estate planning attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301.

Penalties!

The annual Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) is mandated by law; there are heavy financial penalties for failing to take the RMD on time. The penalty (an excise tax) is 50 percent of the amount you should have withdrawn but did not. For example, if you missed your RMD of $10,000, you owe the U.S. Treasury $5,000. There is a 50% penalty, which can be waived by the IRS if the beneficiary submits a Form 5329 and provides evidence of reasonable cause.

Call Althauser Rayan Abbarno and your CPA

There is a lot more to the SECURE Act that needs to be understood beyond this discussion.  This article does not constitute legal or tax advice for your specific situation.

If you or someone you know has questions about estate planning, call Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301 for a consultation in Centralia or Olympia. Our estate planning attorneys will work with your CPA and financial planners to provide the best results for you and you family.

 

 

Hiring: Olympia & Centralia Family Law Attorney

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Hiring A Family Law Attorney For Olympia and Centralia!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno is hiring a family law attorney!  Our Vibrant and Community Focused Law Firm has  offices in Olympia and Centralia and a very busy practice in both  Lewis and Thurston counties.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno was nominated best place to work in Lewis County and Best Customer Service in Lewis County by the Daily Chronicle four (4) years in a row. In 2018, our office won Best Place to Work in Lewis County.

Ideal candidate has 1-3 years of family law experience with knowledge of civil practice and court rules, and good writing and organization skills.

We work with our Family Law Clients on many issues, including

  • Divorce/Dissolution;
  • Community and separate property;
  • Child custody and parenting plans;
  • Visitation;
  • Domestic violence protection orders;
  • Anti-harassment orders;
  • Child support;
  • Spousal support and maintenance;
  • Post-secondary support;
  • Relocation; and
  • Modification.

Contact Us!

If you are interested in joining our Legal Team and work in Olympia and Centralia on Family Law cases, please submit cover letter and resume to Todd Rayan at todd@centralialaw.com.

Learn more about Althauser Rayan Abbarno at www.CentraliaLaw.com

Do you want to join our Team?

Best Customer Service and Best Place to Work!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno was nominated best place to work in Lewis County and Best Customer Service in Lewis County by the Daily Chronicle four (4) years in a row. In 2018, our office won Best Place to Work in Lewis County. We are glad our community noticed- Our clients also notice through better results!!

If you are interested in joining our Legal Team and work in Olympia and Centralia on Family Law cases, please submit cover letter and resume to Todd Rayan at todd@centralialaw.com.

 

Service v. Emotional Animals: What’s The Law?

In 2018, the Washington State Legislature passed new regulations regarding service animals. The law  went into effect in 2019 and states that service animals are restricted to dogs and small horses and that emotional support and comfort animals are excluded from the definition of service animals.

Horses and Dogs Only!

“Service animal” means any dog or miniature horse, as discussed in RCW 49.60.214, that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability . . . the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks.

State law now has less flexibility on what species of animal may be trained as a service animal. “Service animal” is defined as either a dog or a miniature horse. This change eliminates the possibility of trained cats, monkeys, birds, larger horses, or other animals.

Your Local Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have been representing individuals and businesses in our community since 1946.  Providing information about the law and changes to the law help our clients and potential clients be better prepared.  Call our attorneys for a consultation in Centralia or Olympia at (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com

Are Businesses Allowed To Ask Questions About Animals?

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Are you Ready for the Changes to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act?

The Legislature made many changes to the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act: Are you prepared for the changes?

Althauser Rayan Abbarno  attorneys Jake McGhie and Peter Abbarno gave a Residential Landlord-Tenant Act update to the Lewis County Chapter of Washington Realtors after the Washington State Legislature changed many provisions, and added a few, this past session! Our attorneys enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the new laws.

Contact Our Property Attorneys

For a consultation with our Althauser Rayan Abbarno property attorneys in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com

*This presentation should not be considered legal advice. Every Property and Landlord-Tenant case is fact specific. For more information about your case or for legal advice, contact your experienced property attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Receives “Best Of Lewis County” Nominations!

The Attorneys and Staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno receive “Best of Lewis County” nominations for the 4th year in a row.

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.

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Local Attorneys host Chamber Business After Hours in June!

The attorneys and staff with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are hosting the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours networking event on Thursday, June 20th from 5 to 7pm.

This is the last day of Spring; a great way to network with local business and community leaders and welcome summer!

“We encourage our community to #ChooseLocalFirst and this is a way for Althauser Rayan Abbarno to show the community they are a premier law firm in our community and in the region,” said Peter Abbarno, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “Our attorneys represent individuals, businesses, and corporations throughout the State of Washington. Our law firm loves the opportunity to open its doors to the Chamber community.”

Althauser Rayan Abbarno rolls out the red carpet and provides food, beer, wine, prizes, raffles, and a lot of great networking. They’ve been hosting a yearly Business After Hours for the past three years.

The event takes place at Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s Centralia Office located at 114 West Magnolia in historic downtown Centralia. The law firm was started in 1946 and moved to West Magnolia where they have been located for more than 60 years.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in historic downtown Centralia and on Percival Landing in Olympia.

Six (6) attorneys each have a select area of concentration, like

  • Personal Injury,
  • Worker’s Compensation,
  • Estate Planning and Probate,
  • Corporate and Business Law,
  • Landlord-Tenant Law,
  • Contractual and Property Disputes,
  • Family Law, and
  • Criminal Defense.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno professional staff are experienced and trained by a firm attorneys. Each of our attorneys works cross-functionally with other attorneys within the firm to find collective answers to serve clients’ needs and interests.

For more information about Althauser Rayan Abbarno or to schedule your consultation with their attorneys in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com.

 

 

Rear-End Automobile Collisions

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.

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Local Injury Attorneys Warn that Motorcycle Collisions are on the Rise!

Motorcycle liability insurance is not required in the State of Washington; however, Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys recommend coverage for yourself and others.  That is why Althauser Rayan Abbarno offers FREE Injury Consultations in Olympia and Centralia to victims of motorcycle collisions.

Olympia and Centralia injury attorneys (360) 736-1301

This year, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported 162 crashes involving motorcycles with 11 resulting in fatalities. In Lewis County, there have been 3 motorcycle fatalities and (3) motorcycle fatalities in Thurston County in the first four (4) months this year.

The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno remind all drivers and riders to stay alert and sober.  Crashes can be accidents, but choosing to be financially responsible is not.

Although it is not mandatory, motorcycle riders should consider doing of to the following:

Motorcyclist can be protected by the State insurance minimums of

  • $25,000 for bodily injury/death of one person per accident;
  • $50,000 for bodily injury of two people per accident;
  • $10,000 for injury or property or person per accident
Car and Motorcycle Injury Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia!

The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno represent individuals injured in automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian collisions. To meet with our experienced attorneys in Olympia or Centralia, call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com

Protecting Your Family in Case of a Workplace Injury

A workplace injury can be devasting to families. A work injury can lead to financial ruin, strained relationships and even homelessness.

If you’ve suffered a work injury, and you don’t know what to do, you have four choices: do nothing; depend on the advice of your employer; struggle on your own; or seek the advice of a law firm that will fight for the rights and benefits of you and your family.

The choice is obvious, isn’t it? Your decision, says Peter Abbarno, partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP in Centralia, can affect not just an immediate claim, but future benefits for the injured worker and their families. Abbarno recognizes the financial strain an injury can cause on a family so he offers free consultations for every injured worker.

A recent article in the Chronicle highlighted the services of Althauser Rayan Abbarno.

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