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You should have received a copy of the answer and counterclaim by certified mail or fax or by a process server. You also should have received a notice of hearing on you claim as well as their counterclaim. The notice could have been combined in one document. If you did not, then that would be likely be a grounds for appealing the judgment against you.
Before filing an appeal, you may be able to file a motion for rehearing/ motion to vacate default judgment and have the judge reconsider his own ruling. If he denies that, then you can file an appeal and your time to appeal will start to run after that motion for rehearing is ruled upon.
Rule 1.1012 Grounds for vacating or modifying judgment
Rule 1.1013 Procedure for vacating or modifying judgment
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See rules 1.303(1), 1.441(2), and 1.442
It is usually the other side that is the one that serves it upon you by mail or fax. etc. On a counterclaim a process server is not required. But, usually a certificate of service is required to where the person that filed the counterclaim states at the bottom of the document that a copy of it was mailed via regular or certified mail on XYZ date. If you didn't receive notice, then that is a good ground for getting the default judgment over turned.
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Yes and you should do so by using a affidavit that says that they are true and correct copies.
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Under evidence law, your personal records can sometimes qualify as business records also.
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