You should post this in AZ section...not wisconsin.
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I am a NY attorney and cannot advise you as to your state's laws, but I can provide certain general information that may be helpful to you. Usually, it is the summons that confers jurisdiction, such that a complaint without a summons can be expected to deprive the court of jurisdiction.
But that is technical advice. Pragmatic advice is that you should not ignore it. You may want to contact the plaintiff's attorney, tell them about it, and trade that courtesy for an extended period of time to respond to the complaint. If you opt for that course of action, do ask that the summons be provided to you.
My advice would be a bit different if the statute of limitations is about to run. But if you would be merely slowing things down a bit without preventing the plaintiff from suing, I don't see a real value in arguing the jurisdictional issue.
Good luck to you.
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You should contact an Arizona attorney as soon as possible. If you don't know such an attorney, you should look for one on Avvo or the referral service of the Arizona Bar.
You may think that the assessment is invalid and it is another thing to get that determination if you sit on your rights.
If you do nothing, the attorney for the condo association may seek a judgment due to your non action and an affidavit indicating that Arizona law has been complied with.
When you fail to make an appearance, the Court will not know that you position is that you received no summons. Take action now to seek Arizona legal advice.
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