Prior to referring properties to the Staff Attorney’s Office, the Wayne County Tax Collector exhausts all collection remedies. If these efforts are unsuccessful, the Tax Collector will assign a property to the Staff Attorney’s Office to initiate foreclosure proceedings. The attorney will complete a title search to determine, as a matter of public record, all of the owners, mortgage holders, judgment and lien holders who have an interest in the property. The attorney will then file a complaint in Wayne County District Court. The summons and complaint will be delivered to each defendant and defendant lienholder. Each party that is served is clearly informed by the summons that written answer, if any, must be filed with the Court within 30 days from the date the papers were served on the party.