New York Civil Statute of Limitations Laws
In every state, there are time limits for the filing of lawsuits and other civil actions called "statutes of limitations." New York's civil statute of limitations laws are largely in line with those in other states. Depending on the type of case or procedure, New York's statutes of limitations generally range from one year to 6 years. The point at which the clock starts ticking typically is the date of the incident or discovery of a wrong.
Below is a summary of civil statutes of limitations in New York. See Details on State Civil Statute of Limitations and Time Limits to Bring a Case: The Statute of Limitations to learn more.
|Injury to Person||1 yr. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §215; 3 yrs. §214|
|Libel/Slander||1 yr. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §215|
|Fraud||6 yrs. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §213|
|Injury to Personal Property||3 yrs. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §214|
|Professional Malpractice||3 yrs.; medical: 2 1/2 yrs.; foreign object in body of patient 1 yr. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §214(6) and §214-a|
|Trespass||3 yrs. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §214|
|Collection of Rents||6 yrs. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §213(1)|
|Contracts||Written: 6 yrs. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §213; Oral: 6 yrs. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §213|
|Collection of Debt on Account||6 yrs. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §213(1)|
|Judgments||20 yrs. N.Y. Civ. Prac. L. & R. §211(b)|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New York attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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