State Statutes of Limitations for Debt Collection
If you are being hounded by a debt collector for a debt that is years old, the first question you should have is, what is the statute of limitations for this type of debt in my state? A statute of limitations is a statute in a common law legal system that sets forth the maximum period of time, after the debtor becomes delinquent on the debt, that legal proceedings (law suits) based on those events may be initiated. Note that the collection agencies may still try to collect the debt; but a court will throw out a lawsuit.
The type of debt affects the statute of limitations, too. Credit cards are usually considered to be "Open Accounts". Auto loans and other installment-type agreements are considered "Written Contracts".
This chart indicates the number of years of the statute of limitations in each U.S. state, as of Jan 2007. After this date it may change, so consult your state's attorney general's office or a lawyer to confirm.
Please note: this table is present for informational purposes only - we are not lawyers nor presenting legal advice. To act on a legal action, contact a lawyer and/or check with your state's attorney general's office. Click here for the contact information for your state's Attorney General.
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