What is the statute of limitations for civil court?

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What is the statute of limitations for civil court?

I lent my ex-boyfriend some money to help him out with things. He stole my debit card a few times and took a good amount of money out of my account. I have a police report on money that was also stolen out of my house by him. He is now living in half-way house in another state (since he completed a rehab program). I wrote out how much he owed me a while back on paper and he wrote back that I had to right to take him to court if he didn’t pay me by a certain date (which clearly passed). We both signed it. I am going to take him to civil court, what is the statute of limitations?

Asked on October 30, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, New Jersey

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

A Statute of limitations is a set amount of time that you can sue a person.  It is based upon the type of action that you are suing for and not necessarily the court that you are suing in.  A statute of limitations varies from state to state and it varies again for each type of action.  The type of action that you are referring to is a loan for money which should come under a contract matter.  I think that your agreement was an attempt at a contract but whether or not it follows the necessary form in your state is difficult to tell on line.  You will need to take it to an attorney to review and see.  The statute of limitations for a contract in New Jersey is 6 years.  I would also speak with the attorney regarding the theft issue and how it ties in here.  Good luck.


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