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Texas Civil Statute of Limitations Laws

The time limit for filing a civil suit is called the "statute of limitations." In fact, states have several different statutes of limitations for different types of claims. Texas' civil statute of limitations laws are anywhere from one to five years, depending on the severity of the claim. While Texas plaintiffs have one year in which to file a claim for defamation, the time limit is five years for sex crimes.

Learn about the main provisions of Texas civil statute of limitations laws in the table below. See Time Limit Considerations in Medical Malpractice Claims for related information.

Injury to Person 2 yrs. Civ. Prac. & Rem. §16.003(a); 5 yrs. for sex crimes 16.0045
Libel/Slander 1 yr. Civ. Prac. & Rem. §16.002(a)
Fraud 4 yrs. Civ. Prac. & Rem. §16.004(a)(4)
Injury to Personal Property 2 yrs. Civ. Prac. & Rem. §16.003(a)
Professional Malpractice -
Trespass 2 yrs. Civ. Prac. & Rem. §16.003(a)
Collection of Rents -
Contracts Written: 4 yrs. real property Civ. Prac. §16.004(a)(3)
Collection of Debt on Account 4 yrs. Civ. Prac. & Rem. §16.004(a) (3)
Judgments -

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

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