While it is never a good idea to ignore a lawsuit and permit a default judgment to be entered, Arizona (like every state) disfavors default judgments. As a general rule, you have six months from entry of the default judgment to file a motion to have the default set aside. The procedure is governed by Arizona R.Civ.P. 60, and requires a showing of “mistake, inadvertence, surprise or excusable neglect,” or “any other reason justifying relief from the operation of the judgment.” Ariz.R.Civ.P. 60(c)(1). You must also show that you acted promptly in seeking relief from the default judgment, that your failure to file a timely answer was excusable under one of the six subdivisions of Rule 60(c), and that you have a meritorious defense.
The appellate record needs to be examined because what is in the record already sets the stage for what can be done next. The answer to your question may take several hours of legal research. You do not state what the outcome was. Why? And to decide what the next step will be needs to be really fast because the appeal deadline clock is running
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Because this matter is so important you should really get a lawyer.
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No one can know what the record is in the case because online we cannot see your documents. You need a lawyer. Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details.
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