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Have you been served with a summons AND complaint?
I read the rule to verify that you did not have to answer the complaint. Here's what you do:
Use the caption a the top of the summons and complaint...the court; the names of the parties...X v Y, etc. In the spot where they have "summons" and "complaint"...you type in NOTICE OF APPEARANCE ON YOURS.
The defendant __________hereby appears in this action pursuant to Court rule_________"
Follow the format at the end of theirs.
Send a copy to the other attorney/plaintiff. Prepare an affidavit of service indicating that you have done so. File the original notice of appearance and affidavit of service with the court. It is usually required that a person other than yourself mail the copy to the other side and fill out the affidavit of service.