SLCRLJ 54. REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES (a) The court shall grant reasonable attorney's fees when permitted by statute or on the basis of a written instrument. A party seeking reasonable attorney's fees shall file with the court the written instrument or, in the event of a dishonored check, proof of the service of the statutory form of Notice of Dishonor in accordance with RCW 62A.3-104. If reasonable attorney fees are requested based on a contract provision, the contract provision must be conspicuously highlighted or underlined to be readily ascertainable. Specific citation of authority must accompany requests for reasonable attorney fees on any basis other than contract provision. Reasonable attorney's fees following the granting of a judgment at trial or motion shall be set by the court, in its discretion, and the court may require the filing of an affidavit in support of the request. (b) Offer of Judgment. When a party is seeking reasonable attorney's fees following the entry of a judgment under the provisions of RCW 4.84.250 through RCW 4.84.300, proof of compliance with the service procedures must be shown to the court following the entry of the judgment. (c) Default Judgments. Reasonable attorney's fees awarded on a default judgment, where authorized by law or contract, shall be presumed to be no more than $500 subject to modification in the court's discretion based upon the circumstances of a particular case and where supported by an affidavit or declaration in support of the request. [Formerly SLRCRLJ 54 adopted effective September 1, 1999; amended effective September1, 2012]
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