State Statutes of Limitations on Contract Claims

It is often said that promises are made to be broken, and contracts are nothing more than promises that can be enforced in a court of law.  But they’re not enforceable forever.  Each state has a statute of limitations that limits the time period for bringing legal claims (called the “limitations period”), which varies depending upon the type of lawsuit.  Suits that are brought after the limitations period expires will be dismissed.  In the case of breach of contract actions, the limitations period often varies depending upon whether the breached contract is written or oral, as well as the type of injury the non-breaching party has suffered (economic or personal injury or property damage).

State Written Contract Oral Contract Injury Claim Property Damage Claim
Alabama 6 6 2 6
Alaska 3 3 2 6 (real property) 2 (personal property)
Arizona 6 3 2 2
Arkansas 5 3 3 3
California 4 2 2 3
Colorado 6 6 2 3
Connecticut 6 3 3 2
Delaware 3 3 3 2
D.C. 3 3 3 3
Florida 5 4 4 4
Georgia 6 4 2 4
Hawaii 6 6 2 2
Idaho 5 4 2 3
Illinois 10 5 2 5
Indiana 10 6 2 6 (real property) 2 (personal property)
Iowa 10 5 2 5
Kansas 5 3 2 2
Kentucky 15 5 1 5 (real property) 2 (personal property)
Iowa 10 5 2 5
Kansas 5 3 2 2
Kentucky 15 5 1 5 (real property) 2 (personal property)
Louisiana 10 10 1 1
Maine 6 6 6 6
Maryland 3 3 3 3
Massachusetts 6 6 3 3
Michigan 6 6 3 3
Minnesota 6 6 6 6
Mississippi 3 3 3 3
Missouri 5 5 5 5
Montana 8 5 3 2
Nebraska 5 4 4 4
Nevada 6 4 2 3
New Hampshire 3 3 3 3
New Jersey 6 6 2 6
New Mexico 6 4 3 4
New York 6 6 3 3
North Carolina 3 3 3 3
North Dakota 6 6 6 6
Ohio 15 6 2 4
Oklahoma 5 3 2 2
Oregon 6 6 10 6
Pennsylvania 4 4 2 2
Rhode Island 10 10 3 10
South Carolina 3 3 3 3
South Dakota 6 6 3 6
Tennessee 6 6 1 3
Texas 4 4 2 2
Utah 6 4 4 3
Vermont 6 6 3 3
Virginia 5 3 2 2
Washington 6 3 3 3
West Virginia 10 5 2 2
Wisconsin 6 6 3 6
Wyoming 10 8 4 4

 



Author: Seth Heyman
Seth D. Heyman is a California attorney with extensive experience in advertising and marketing law, corporate law, contracts, governmental regulations, international business, and Internet law. He has counseled numerous successful companies, both public and private, and was responsible for regulatory compliance, contract management, corporate governance, and HR best practices for multiple organizations in many diverse industries, including marketing, telecommunications, energy, and technology development. He offers insight and guidance on federal and state direct mail, TV, radio, telemarketing, and Internet marketing laws, as well as online promotions, Internet privacy, data protection regulations, and similar matters.
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