Credit card debt
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Asked by: mbhdude-ga
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18 Oct 2005 15:19 PDT
Expires: 17 Nov 2005 14:19 PST
Question ID: 581863
In Washington State, is there a Statute of Limitations for credit card companies to sue the debtor? I have read 3 years is the limit. Even though it will show up on credit report for 7 years. I have not had any activity on the account since Dec 2001.
Re: Credit card debt
Answered By: efn-ga on 18 Oct 2005 22:40 PDT
Hi mbhdude, I found a number of web pages that confirmed that there is a statute of limitations for debt lawsuits in Washington state, and that the period for a credit card account is three years. The time allowed for a creditor to file a lawsuit depends on the kind of debt. Credit cards are considered to be in the "open account" category, for which the time limit is three years. As these pages will tell you, the expiration of the time does not mean that a creditor cannot sue you, but it does mean you have a defense if that happens. The expiration of the time also does not prevent a creditor from trying to persuade you to pay in ways other than suing you. I'll list some pages. They all tell similar stories. "Statute Of Limitations For Debts" on the CardReport website http://www.cardreport.com/laws/statute-of-limitations.html "Statute of Limitations on Debts" on the Credit Infocenter website http://www.creditinfocenter.com/rebuild/statuteLimitations.shtml "All about the Statute of Limitations for Debts, Judgments & Taxes" from Carreon and Associates http://www.carreonandassociates.com/articles/sol.htm "State statutes of limitations for old debts" on Bankrate.com http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/cc/20040116b1.asp Search Strategy statute limitations debt Disclaimer: Google Answers does not provide professional legal advice. --efn
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