STEP 2:  STARTING THE LAWSUIT 

The Lawsuit starts with personal service of a summons and complaint on the tenants, by a process server or neutral third party.  The Tenants will then have a minimum seven (7) days to respond.

The Lawsuit starts by serving the tenant a Summons and Complaint.   The documents must be personally served (handed) to the tenant or adult occupants.  I would hire a process server or sheriff’s office to serve. Once the tenants have been served, they will have a deadline for which to respond by. 
If the tenant is evading service, and personal service cannot be achieved, we will need to get an Order of Alternative Service.  This will allow us to serve the tenants by posting and mail.   
If the tenant does not comply with the eviction notice within the specified time, we would begin the lawsuit.   This starts by serving the tenant a Summons and Complaint.   The documents must be personally served (handed) to the tenant or adult occupants.  I would hire a process server or sheriff’s office to serve. Once the tenants have been served, they will have a deadline for which to respond by.  They must have a minimum of seven days to respond to the lawsuit.

FLAT FEE:   Attorney Drafting of Lawsuit                     $ 125.00                  

    EXPENSE:     Process Server Cost          $   75.00

Stipulated Agreement:  To avoid the hassle and expense of court, we may enter into an agreement with tenant, to either vacate, or to pay back rent and remain on the property.  If the tenants thereafter default on the agreement, we would be awarded an immediate eviction.  If we are unable to come to an agreement, the Flat fee shall be credited for future work.

FLAT FEE:   Attorney Drafting  Agreement/ Tenant Negotiation         $ 325.00

COMPLAINT & SUMMONS RCW 59.12.080,  RCW 59.18.365 A Lawsuit begins with a Complaint and Summons.  It must state the name of the parties and court.  State the Nature of the action and relief sought. Give Specific Return Date.  The Return date must be between 7 to 30 days from the date of service.Give street address where answer can be served and Fax number.  Warn that failure to appear will result in default.

Service of the Summons and Complaint. If the the tenant has not complied with the eviction notice, the landlord begins an unlawful detainer action with service of a summons and complaint. The summons and complaint must be in a specific statutory form. Summons that fails to inform the tenant of the right to respond by mail or fax does not strictly comply with the statute. 59.12.070, 59.12.080

Tenant Must Appear or Answer the Summons The tenant's answer or notice of appearance must be in writing by the return date listed on the summons. (fourteen days). Faxed appearance or answers are allowed. If the tenant does not answer by the date, the landlord can get a default judgment. 59.18.365., RCW 59.18.380