|If you have an old debt, you need to know your limits. Statute of limitations is a legislative act restricting the time within which legal proceedings may be brought, usually to a fixed period after the occurrence of the events that gave rise to the cause of action.Once a debt passes beyond the statute of limitations in your state, a debt collector no longer has the right to sue you for payment. You may still have a moral obligation to pay back an old, forgotten debt, but you can’t be sued over it.Any debt collector who threatens to sue you over a debt that is beyond the statute of limitations in your state is in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Act .
The chart below offers a state-by-state roundup of statutes of limitations for delinquent debt. Keep in mind that some states consider credit card agreements written contracts and other states treat card agreements as oral contracts. Still other states have specific statutes of limitations for credit card accounts.
If you’re being hassled about an old debt, the chart below is a great starting point.
For specific details on the statute of limitations on credit card accounts in your state, contact a consumer attorney or the consumer protection division in the office of your state’s attorney general.
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