Q. What is the statute of limitations for _____?


The CourtHelp Glossary definition:

statute of limitations:  The time period when a case must be started.  For example, New York State has a 6 year statute of limitations for  breach of a written contract.  If John did not honor a contract with Susan on January 1, 2010, Susan must file her lawsuit before January 1, 2016.  If the deadline passes, the "statute of limitations has run," or the claim is "time-barred," and Susan can't sue.  There are very few conditions that let the time period be extended or kept from running (“tolled”).

Statute of Limitations time periods vary and various sections of the New York State Code may apply. The attached bibliography is a starting point for research.


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