I only have the person's phone number and Full Name, how do I make sure that the case details reach him? Can a text message or a picture of the case detail be enough as a summon?
Additional Info - the person is out of state. Is there a way to track the person?
Couple of things here. You have to serve the individual properly. If they live out of state, I wonder how Washington will have jurisdiction. I wonder if the defendant has the appropriate contacts with Washington.
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There is an issue. Your small claims
Court may not have authority over a resident of another state
To answer your specific question - no a text message will not suffice. With some exceptions, you need personal service. You may need to obtain a background search to locate an address. There are online pay services that might help.
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There are many ways to find anybody in the modern world, including postal traces, online searches, court records, etc.
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