Statute of Limitations in New York

A statute of limitations is a law that sets out the maximum amount of time that a party involved in a dispute has to commence legal proceedings against an opposing party. The limitation periods vary by jurisdiction and are applicable in civil and criminal cases. One major issue not addressed by this article is the issue of the tolling (when the statute of limitation commences) of the limitation period. This issue shall appear in a follow-up article.

The following is, only, a list of some of the major actions that may lead to a dispute in New York. A complete list of all the relevant statute of limitations in New York may be found at the New York Court website and the link below. For an article on Suing the New York Government please see: So you Want to Sue the New York Government? Act Quick.

Tolling of Statute of Limitations

20-Year Statute of Limitation in New York for Money Judgments and Alimony

  • Enforcing money judgment “CPLR 211(b)
  • Enforcing order or judgment for support, alimony or maintenance “CPLR 211(e)

6-Year Statute of Limitation in New York for Breach of Contract and Fraud.

  • Action based upon contractual obligation or liability “CPLR 213(2)”
  • Action based on fraud “CPLR 213(8)

3-Year Statute of Limitation in New York for Personal Injury and Marriage Fraud

  • Action to recover damages based on injury to a property “CPLR 214(4)
  • Action to annul the marriage based on fraud “CPLR 214(7)

1-Year Statute of Limitation in New York for Violent Acts and Slander

  • Action to recover damages for assault, battery or false imprisonment “CPLR 215(3)
  • Action to recover damages for slander or libel “CPLR 215(3)

The complete chart on all types of matters can be found at: NY Courts.

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