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Michigan Civil Statute of Limitations Laws

State laws dictate how long a potential plantiff has to file a civil lawsuit, called the "statute of limitations." These time limits often vary by type of claim, with libel and slander typically the shortest. Michigan's civil statute of limitations allows two years for personal injuries; up to six years for fraud, trespassing, collection of rent, contracts, and debt collection; and 10 years for judgments.

The following chart lists Michigan's civil statute of limitations laws. See Time Limit Considerations in Medical Malpractice Claims to learn more.

Injury to Person 2 yrs. §600.5805(2)
Libel/Slander 1 yr. §600.5805(7)
Fraud 6 yrs. §600.5813
Injury to Personal Property 3 yrs. §600.5805(8)
Professional Malpractice 2 yrs. §600.5805(4)
Trespass 6 yrs. §600.5813
Collection of Rents 6 yrs. §600.5813
Contracts Written: 6 yrs. §600.5807(8); Oral: 6 yrs. §600.5807(8)
Collection of Debt on Account 6 yrs. §600.5813
Judgments 10 yrs. ct. of record; 6 yrs. ct. not of record §600.5809(3)

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Michigan personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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