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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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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.

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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.

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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Prepare and Plan for Labor Day Weekend Traffic!

The last holiday weekend of the summer typically brings additional traffic, so planning ahead and allowing extra travel time is even more critical as Labor Day approaches. The Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia and Centralia want your family to be prepared for a vehicle collision.

Even if you take steps to stay safe, there’s still a chance that you’ll be injured in a car, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian collision. Maybe it’s more vehicles on the roadway or maybe people are just more districted, regardless collisions are on the rise.

Know what to do after an injury collision. Call Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301 for your free collision glove box card.

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Preserving Evidence After a Car Accident or Injury!

Preserving Evidence After a Car Accident or Injury!

Spoliation, in a legal context, is any act that renders potential evidence invalid, either intentionally or through negligence. In the case of a document, for example, destroying, altering or hiding it would all be considered spoliation if the document were relevant to current litigation.

In personal injury cases or car accident cases, that could be a video, documents, mechanic reports, or a vehicle’s black box.

A party with the knowledge of an incident or injury that has the possibility of being litigated has the duty and obligation to preserve the evidence- even if it is not favorable to them.

If you were injured in a car accident, at work, or due to the negligence of another, call Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Olympia or Centralia for a FREE Injury Consultation at (360) 736-1301.

It is important to have an attorney preserving the evidence soon after an accident or injury. Call (360) 736-1301 or visit CentraliaLaw.com for your free personal injury, workers’ Compensation or car accident consultation. #Abogado #WA_Attorneys

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STP Riders Coming Through Town: Use Caution – Prevent Bike Injuries!

The Seattle to Portland (STP) bike ride  is celebrating its 40th anniversary with up to 10,000 riders bicycling from Seattle to Portland.  Althauser Rayan Abbarno injury attorneys remind drivers and bicyclists to use cause and prevent injuries.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Injury Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno Injury Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia.

STP is a 200 mile ride from July 13-14 that begins in Seattle. The midway point is Saturday in Centralia, with the race finishing in Portland on Sunday.

STP is considered one of the top 1o biggest recreational bicycle rides in the country. It is organized by Cascade Bicycle Club.

The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno want to remind bicyclists and drivers to use caution this weekend. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, there are over 400 reported  bicycle collisions in 2019; including 2 fatalities. 

“Our injury attorneys see bicycle and pedestrian collisions all the time,” said Peter Abbarno, partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “We are only 7 months into 2019 and there have been 400 reported Bike Accident. Bicycle and pedestrian collisions are on the rise. With 10,000 more STP riders on the road, vehicles and bike riders need to be even more aware of their surroundings and follow the rules of the road.” Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a law firm with offices in Olympia and Centralia.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno Bike Accident Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia.
Althauser Rayan Abbarno Bike Accident Attorneys in Olympia and Centralia.

Not all collisions can be avoided; however, sharing the road, having patience, wearing a helmet, and following the traffic laws can greatly reduce injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured, call the Bike Accident Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno in Centralia and Olympia at (360) 736-1301.  Althauser Rayan Abbarno represents  injury victims throughout the State of Washington.

The Washington State Department of Transportation asks motorists to observe the rules of the road for safe driving around people on bikes and to prepare for travel delays during the popular recreational ride. As state driving laws periodically change, drivers may want to review the state driver guide and the driving among bicyclists section.

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Local Lawyers in Olympia and Centralia!

If you or someone you know was injured in a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian collision, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a free consultation in Olympia or Centralia. Call (360) 736-1301.

For more than 70 years, Althauser Rayan Abbarno has represented individuals and businesses in our community. Contact our attorneys near you in Centralia and Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301. 

Local Attorneys Support the Little Red Schoolhouse Supply Drive

The law offices of Althauser Rayan Abbarno are supporting the Little Red Schoolhouse Supply Drive this year by matching $1,000.00 of donations to the organization at the KXXO Mixx 96.1 on air marathon August 9th.

“Every child in our community deserves the necessary supplies to be successful in School,” said Peter Abbarno, attorney and partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “A core value of ours is making a difference by giving back and supporting educational opportunities. Our office also leads the Centralia Back to School Supply Drive.”

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.

On August 9th, KXXO MIxx 96.1 radio will be hosting a 12-hour marathon. On air personalities will be on the corner of State and Washington in downtown Olympia asking for donations.

The attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno will be making an appearance to match up to $1,000.00 from KXXO listener donations.

 

“Our attorneys and staff believe in making a difference by giving back to the communities where we live, work, and play,” said Todd Rayan, attorney and partner with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “We love having opportunities to give back and we appreciate the relationship with KXXO Mixx 96.1. Our office also sponsors the morning Tribond contest at 7:40 and sponsor the Christmas Toy Drive.”

The Little Red Schoolhouse Project will be distributing the supplies on August 15 from 8am to 6pm at Komachin Middle School in Lacey. For more information or to donate,  visit www.redschool.com.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has been representing individuals and businesses in our community since 1946. To meet with their attorney in Olympia on Pervical Landing or in Centralia in historic downtown, call (360) 754-5844 or visit Centralialaw.com

 

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Contractual Non-Compete Clauses are Changing!

Covenants of noncompetition: Today

Generally, courts in the State of Washington will enforce covenants of noncompetition if the covenant is reasonable.

Whether a covenant is reasonable involves a consideration of three factors: (1) whether restraint is necessary for the protection of the business or goodwill of an employer, (2) whether it imposes upon the employee any greater restraint than is reasonably necessary to secure the employer’s business or goodwill, and (3) whether the degree of injury to the public is such that the loss of the service and skill of the employee warrants nonenforcement of the covenant.

A covenant not to compete must be supported by consideration. If the covenant not to compete is entered into at the time that employment commences, the general rule in Washington is that consideration sufficient to support the covenant is inherent in employment itself.  On the other hand, if the covenant not to compete is entered into after employment commences, there must be independent consideration.

Public policy requires that a court carefully examine covenants not to compete, even when protection of a legitimate business interest is demonstrated, because of equally competing concerns of freedom of employment and free access of the public to professional services.

Covenants of noncompetition: January 1, 2020

Beginning January 1, 2020 there will be a new standard for covenants of noncompetition between employers and employees, which prohibit employees from seeking employment with competing companies. The new standard was passed by the State Legislature in the 2019 Session.

The new law makes these employment agreements unenforceable unless they meet a newly defined set of criteria, including that the employee earns more than $100,000 per year (adjusted for inflation) and that the noncompete period does not exceed 18 months.

If the agreement is a condition of employment, the terms of the agreement must be disclosed to prospective employees beforehand. It also requires that laid-off employees continue to be paid during the enforcement period.

The new law also prohibits noncompete agreements for contractors unless the contractor is paid more than $250,000, and allows courts to assess damages or a $5,000 penalty, whichever is greater, plus attorney fees.

Contacting Althauser Rayan Abbarno

Many contracts are complex and confusing for both sides of the agreement. Understanding your rights and responsibilities is very important. For a consultation with an Althauser Rayan Abbarno attorney in Centralia or Olympia call (360) 736-1301 or visit Centralialaw.com

Closed for Independence Day: Attorney Hotline!

The Centralia and Olympia law offices of Althauser Rayan Abbarno will be closed on July 4th and July 5th for the Independence Day holiday. Call our Attorney Hotline if you need to speak with an attorney near you.

24/7 Attorney Hotline: (360) 880-2399

We recognize that emergencies happen.

Maybe it is a vehicle collision and you are unsure what to do! Our Attorneys near you are available at (360) 880-2399.

Maybe you were charged with a crime and need advice from a criminal defense attorney. Our Attorneys near you are available at (360) 880-2399.

We are here when you need us most! Attorneys Near you in Olympia and Centralia! 

Although our physical office is closed, our attorneys are always willing and able to assist you with legal questions.  To speak with our attorneys in Centralia or Olympia after hours, call (360) 880-2399.  

Local Lawyers in Olympia and Centralia!

For over 70 years, the attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno have represented individuals and businesses throughout Washington State.

To meet with our attorneys in Olympia or Centralia call (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com