There are always two sides to every story and in Washington State–there is no “trial by ambush.” Any time you bring a legal action to the courts, you are bringing your side of the story. The other person involved has the right to tell their side of the story as well. For contested cases, the court has set rules for making sure that the other person involved in your court case has been properly notified of your lawsuit.

Process service is simply the act of making sure that someone has received legal documents. Whoever is acting as the process server must be over the age of 18. Although there are no legal requirements to being a process server, many people choose to go through a professional service as opposed to involving friends or family by asking them to serve personal documents, which can be problematic in the long run. Do-It-Yourself Legal offers a professional and confidential process service:

  • We serve your documents promptly and professionally.

  • We will file the proper proof of service with the court; and

  • We provide you with a copy for your records.

Prices vary depending on the location of service and service attempts.  Please call for a quote.

Rest assured that our servers are professional and all information remains confidential.


We all know how quickly an organized discussion between two people can rise into a heated debate. It’s hard to leave our emotions out, especially on issues that involve those closest to us.

When it comes to issues like discussing different parenting views, separating property, or negotiating debts, nobody wants to face the conflict.

Mediation can help in all these situations. At Do-It-Yourself Legal we will assist you with resources in arranging an appointment where you and the other person involved can sit down with a neutral third-party mediator to discuss whatever issues may be present and help you with being organized and having the appropriate, type written, materials for an effective mediation.

A mediator does not advocate for either party. They will help to dissolve tensions by keeping the conversation focused on facts, asking questions, and clarifying answers to avoid miscommunication. Once an agreement has been made, your mediator will assist you in writing up the results of your mediation which can then be translated into the court documents necessary for your court case.


What is a Notary Public?  A notary public is a public servant appointed by a state official. The general focus of the job is to witness the signing of documents and administer oaths.

A notary serves to deter fraud, appearing as an impartial witness for legal documents such as affidavits, deeds or powers of attorney.   For proof of identification, a notary typically requires a document with photo, description and signature. Common examples would be a driver’s license, passport or military ID.

Despite the fact that notaries often deal with sensitive legal documents, they are not licensed to give legal representation or counsel.  WE ARE NOT ATTORNEYS AND DO NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE.

Summarizing, the basic role filled by a notary public is that of an impartial witness. Contrary to popular belief, notarization does not make a document any more “legal” than it was prior. It simply means that the signer has acknowledged to the notary that he or she has signed the documents of free will, and the contents are true.

Mobile notary service available upon request. Fees vary depending upon location. Call 425.710.4095 for a quote.