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Peter Abbarno attends Centralia College Washington Hall Dedication!

Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner, Peter Abbarno, recently attended the re-dedication of Washington Hall on the Centralia College campus in honor of Centralia’s founder, George Washington. The City of Centralia is the largest city in America founded by a former slave and African American couple.

“If there is a place in this world where there is peace, I will find it,” George Washington. And, he found it right here is Lewis County in the City of Centralia.

Former Washington State Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander gave the keynote and historical perspective; along with Centralia College trustee Stuart Halsan, at the dedication of Washington Hall.

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.

Todd Rayan: Local Lawyer Passionate About our Community

Injury attorney and Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Todd Rayan is a Local Lawyer who is Passionate About our Community!

When you need an injury attorney, there is nothing better than one who not only knows the law, but knows the local area.  Knowing the law, local rules, community, as well as experts to call when needed for an injury case, are very important. Todd Rayan, partner at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, is Thurston County’s hometown lawyer. Rayan was born and raised in Rochester and has a passion for helping the people of Thurston County.

Todd Rayan works side by side with the attorneys at Althauser Rayan Abbarno to help clients navigate complex cases during challenging times. Photo courtesy: Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP.

“I have been a lifelong resident of Thurston County and I am looking forward to continuing to expand our service area to make it more convenient for our clients,” Rayan says.

Rayan didn’t go far when it came time to go to college, choosing Saint Martin’s University where he received degrees in History and Political Science, along with a teaching certificate. He did his student teaching in Rochester and was a teacher and coach at River Ridge High School.

Read more in ThurstonTalk

If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision or at work, contact the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation and evaluation in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.

 

Althauser Rayan Abbarno nominated “Best Place to Work” in Lewis County!

The law firm of Althauser Rayan Abbarno is honored to have been nominated “best place to work” in Lewis County for the second year in a row. The attorneys and staff pride themselves on being advocates for their clients and providing a high level of customer service and communication.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno has offices in Centralia and Olympia and serve clients throughout the State of Washington in areas of Personal Injury/Automobile Collisions; Workplace Injuries/Workers Compensation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Estate Planning, Contract/Property Disputes, and Corporate/Business formation.

In addition, the firm has the pleasure of announcing :

 Partners Peter Abbarno was nominated “Best Elected Official in Lewis County; and

Associate Jake McGhie was nominated “Best Young Professional” in Lewis County! 

The nominees were chosen by the Chronicle Newspaper readers and the final vote is June 19th through July 2nd.

You can vote once daily by visiting the Chronicle at http://bestoflc.chronline.com/vote/

Re-Opening a Worker’s Compensation Claim: Who Pays?

Who pays to re-open a Worker’s Compensation Injury Claim?

When a Worker’s Compensation Claim has been closed by the Department of Labor and Industries or self-insurer by written order and more than sixty (60) days has passed, the injured workers generally has seven (7) years to file a re-opening application for full benefits. Submission of a formal “application to reopen claim for aggravation of condition” form # F 242-079-000 must be completed by a treating medical provider.

The Department or self-insurer is responsible for customary charges for examinations, diagnostic studies, and determining whether or not time-loss is payable regardless of the final action taken on the reopening application. Reopening applications should be submitted immediately.

When reopening is granted, the department or self-insurer can pay time loss and treatment benefits only for a period not to exceed sixty (60) days prior to date the application is received by the department or self-insurer. Necessary treatment should not be deferred pending a department or self-insurer adjudication decision.

However, should reopening be denied treatment costs become the financial responsibility of the worker. Therefore, the injured worker should be sure to have objective medical evidence of a worsening of the injury since the last date of claim closure.

If you or someone you know was injured at work, contact Peter Abbarno and the injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno for a FREE injury consultation in Centralia or Olympia by calling (360) 736-1301.

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.

Althauser Rayan Abbarno supporting Lewis County Special Olympics!

The attorneys and staff at Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP are supporters and sponsors of the LETR Law Enforcement Torch Run in Lewis County; an 18.1 mile torch run to highlight the abilities of our local athletes and Lewis County Special Olympics.

Check out this video of Althauser Rayan Abbarno partner Peter Abbarno running with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Centralia, WA Police Department, and Chehalis Police Department in support of their efforts to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics!

Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics in Experience Chehalis!

Posted by Peter Abbarno on Thursday, June 1, 2017

If you or someone you know was injured in an automobile collision, accident, or at work, call the experienced injury attorneys with Althauser Rayan Abbarno at (360) 736-1301 for a free consultation in Centralia or Olympia.