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Is there a limit to how long a credit card company can come after you for money?

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I have about 3 credit cards that I stopped paying for about 10 years. I am retired and unable to work do to being handicapped.

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  1. There are really 2 separate issues at play in your post. First, any creditor can sue at any time for any reason. It would be your responsibility to raise the statute of limitations as a defense to the lawsuit - whether or not the SOL has expired in your particular matter would have to be looked at carefully - there are lots of ways to reset the SOL clock on a case simply by saying something to the creditor. The second issue is whether, if they do manage to obtain a judgment, they can collect. If you are only receiving SS or other assistance, you're probably judgment proof, so they couldn't collect. Again, your specifics would have to be reviewed. Speak with a local bankruptcy attorney.

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  2. Mr. Corbin is correct. In Nevada, if the clock on the statute of limitations has not been reset, the credit card company must file a lawsuit with in 6 years to be with in the statute of limitations. However, if you believe that they are harassing you, then you need to talk to a Fair Debt Collections Act attorney who may be able to stop the credit card company from continuing.


  3. You are likely judgment proof.

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