Asked by user in Washington.
It's hard to provide specifics without knowing the details of your lawsuit. Generally speaking, to start a lawsuit you need to:
A complaint sets forth the facts of your case, the defendant's liability, and how much money you're demanding. A summons is simply a document that notifies the defendant that they're being sued.
Once the defendant receives a copy of the complaint, they will have a chance to respond. The court will then issue a scheduling order setting forth the next steps and deadlines.