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Centralia Law Firm Building Relationships For Over 70 Years!

Look no further than the law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno when you think about local businesses with deep community roots and a history of involvement and public service. Since 1946, Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP has served our community and provided exceptional legal services.

Based in the heart of downtown Centralia, Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a full service law firm that seeks long-term relationships with its clients. While partners Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno focus their practices on personal injury, wrongful death and workers compensation, their team of six attorneys and nine staff help the community in many areas of law, such as estate planning and probate, family law, criminal defense, real estate and property law, and corporate and business formation.

Here are four ways that Althauser Rayan Abbarno builds relationships that help their clients:

1. Commitment to Excellence

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno is proud to have a history of attorneys that were not only great lawyers, but cared about our community,” says Todd Rayan, partner since 2006. “Two recent partners, Ralph Olson and Chuck Althauser, were a credit to the legal profession and our community through their involvement with groups like Rotary, Centralia Dollars for Scholars, and the Providence Centralia Community Foundation.” Recent Althauser Rayan Abbarno partners have also donned the black robe with James Lawler serving as a Superior Court Judge and Wade Samuelson serving as a District Court Judge.

2. Dedication to Centralia
A partner in the firm since 2010, Peter Abbarno is dedicated to the people of Lewis County and was elected to the Centralia City Council in 2015. “I love coming to work every day knowing that I am giving my clients a voice in the judicial system and equal access to justice,” says Peter Abbarno, partner since 2013. “I feel that same commitment to my community as I do my clients. As a Centralia City council member, I focus each day on moving the ball forward and creating a better community and better life for my children, my neighbors, and the region as a whole.”

Abbarno is also vice-chairman of the Centralia College Foundation, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Chehalis, and hosts the weekday morning talk show “Let’s Talk About It” on KELA.

3. Deep Community Roots
Todd was born, raised, and educated in the area and has been building relationships in Centralia-Chehalis since he joined Althauser Rayan Abbarno in 2004. “We’ve got to give something back because we’re able to,” he says. “It’s not an obligation, it’s an honor.”
The firm’s deep community roots and experience in personal injury cases regularly aid clients. In personal injury cases involving vehicle collisions, Rayan often uses local and regional Forensic Mechanical Engineers to gather information and data from a vehicle and/or scene and then recreate it to try and find out what happened. “Not every attorney has these relationships or personal injury experience to successful represent injured clients,” says Rayan. “We have the personal injury experience and the relationships with the right experts.”

4. Culture of Public Service
A credit to their efforts, Althauser Rayan Abbarno was nominated the Best Place To Work in Lewis County award, Peter Abbarno was nominated the Best Elected Official in Lewis County award and Associate Jake McGhie was nominated the Best Young Professional in Lewis County award for the last two years.

“Althauser Rayan Abbarno believes in taking care of its staff, clients and community,” says Abbarno. That means encouraging staff to contribute their time to public service.”
Attorney Jake McGhie serves as president of the Lewis County Bar Association, Attorney Emily Laz is president of the Lewis County Bar’s Legal Aid, and Attorney Allyson Felt is a board member for Lewis County Seniors as well as the Historic Fox Theatre Restoration non-profit as is Todd Rayan. The firm also organizes a back-to-school supply drive each year for the Centralia School District, and does so much more.

For more information about Althauser Rayan Abbarno’s legal services, their attorneys, or their service in the community, visit them on Facebook, online at CentraliaLaw.com or call their Centralia or Olympia offices at (360)736-1301. To read more, visit Chronline.com

Learn to drive safely in the rain. . . Again!

Do you remember how to drive safely in the rain? Many drivers forget the basics that could help them avoid a collision and car accident.  Here are a couple tips to keep you and your family safe.

Plan Ahead
Planning is easier said than done. The best advice for driving in heavy rain and slick conditions is to simply avoid it, if possible. However, if travel is unavoidable, plan your trip to avoid the most hazardous and congested highways and roads. And, be sure to build in extra time.

Slow Down
Vision is poor, reactions times are slower, and slick roads means automobiles are harder to stop. To prevent collisions, try driving 10 miles an hour slower than usual. This will give you more time to brake and delivers more control over the vehicle.

Continue reading Learn to drive safely in the rain. . . Again!

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.

New Survey: Majority of Americans have no Will or Estate Plan!

Having a Will, Power of Attorney, Medical Directive, and other legal documents to fulfill your wishes in the event you’re incapacitated or pass can avoid family disputes, court intervention, and substantial costs and taxes. That is why the attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno recommend an estate plan drafted by their experienced attorneys.

“No one wants to think about death, but it’s as sure as taxes,” says Allyson Felt, associate attorney with Althauser Rayan Abbarno. “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. We make it easier for our clients by drafting a plan after giving them all the information and options.”

If you or someone you know does not have a will or would like more information about estate planning or probate, contact the attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP by calling (360) 736-1301 or visit www.CentraliaLaw.com.

The Survey is at KOMO News.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno is a local law firm that encourages local shopping!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has served our community in Centralia, WA and beyond  by providing experienced and dedicated legal services since 1946. The majority of our clients reside in SW Washington and Lewis and Thurston counties specifically. We understand how important it is to shop locally and we appreciate your support, trust, and business for more than 70 years.

#ShopSmall is an effort to recognize and support small businesses throughout our community. On Saturday, November 26th, be sure to visit your local small businesses and support their effort to provide quality goods, at reasonable prices, and with unmatched customer service! Shopping local is a great investment, because each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns three times more money to your local economy!

For lists of great local businesses, visit: Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce at www.chamberway.com;  Centralia Downtown Association at www.DowntownCentralia.org;  Visit Morton at www.VisitMorton.com, Destination Packwood Association at www.DestinationPackwood.com;  Experience Chehalis at ExperienceChehalis; City of Centralia, Thurston County Chamber at www.ThurstonChamber.com, Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce at www.KelsoLongviewChamber.org; Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce at www.Teninoacc.org; and Discover Lewis County at www.DiscoverLewisCounty.com.

Automobile Collision? Let your car tell the story!

When it comes to proving your side of a case, you expect those representing you will use everything in their power to create a compelling story. The more quality evidence you collect, the better your case.  Today, technology has given us ways to know what happened in automobile collisions that people never thought before. The injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno explain how a “little black box” and some high-tech know-how can make your case.

Everyone knows airplanes have a black box that help answer questions following a plane crash. But what you may not know is that some more modern automobiles also have them. Called an Event Data Recorder (EDR), these boxes can make a huge difference in your case. That’s why Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno, partners at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, have made it their business to know all they can about them.

“The black box is important because the facts are often disputed in automobile collisions, whether because of inattentiveness to details at the time of collision or injury prevents accurate recollection,” Peter Abbarno says. “The black box can determine a number of facts that eliminates human memory or perception errors.”

The EDR system can give lawyers like Todd Rayan and Peter Abbarno critical information, including GPS location, acceleration and braking, degree the steering wheel turned, and timing on all of these things. In some vehicles, sensors give it the ability to tell what positions the people in the car were in. For example, was the driver leaning out of their seat to reach for something on the floor? All of this, can make or break a case.

But knowing about the technology isn’t enough. Your law firm needs to act quickly to retrieve the EDR data, especially in cases where the car has been labeled “totaled” by the insurance company. Once the car is compacted, the EDR is destroyed forever. In addition, there are standards to follow, including Civil Discovery Rules, to preserve the evidence from a collision scene.

Read more in the article about Althauser Rayan Abbarno at Let your car tell the story!

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The Injury Attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno are proud sponsors of the live radio broadcast of the Seattle Seahawks on KMNT 104.3 FM in Centralia – Chehalis and the weekly Seahawks injury report.

For a Free injury consultation in Olympia or Centralia, call the injury attorneys at (360) 736-1301!

The “Phantom Vehicle” is not a Halloween Movie!

The “Phantom Vehicle” is not a Halloween movie. A Phantom Vehicle is a vehicle which causes bodily injury, death, or property damage to an insured person, but the vehicle has no physical contact with the insured or the vehicle the insured is driving or in as a passenger. Insured drivers and passengers may be covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Uninsured/Under-Insured Motorist (UIM/UM) insurance in these types of collisions. Phantom Vehicle collisions include accidents caused by a hydroplaning into an object because of excessive rain or slippery surfaces or even a hit and run. If you were injured in a single car collision, you don’t have to suffer with your injuries or be burdened with excessive out of pocket medical expenses. For more information about making a claim in a Phantom Vehicle collision or for a free consultation in Centralia or Olympia, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301. With offices located in Centralia and Olympia, our attorneys represent clients throughout Washington state, including Centralia / Chehalis; Lacey / Olympia / Tumwater; Kelso /Longview; and Aberdeen / Hoquiam!

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