Can I get sued over a very old debt?
Can they sue me for a debt incurred around 2007. I think my last payment was around May 2007 and it happened in another state.
Any advice will help.
3 attorney answers
In America, anyone can sue for any reason, valid or invalid. The issue is your defenses and possible counterclaims.. If you're contacted again, ask for proof of the debt and anything supporting their claimed right to enforce it now. You may have a claim against the collector/
A debt from 2007 would be too told to sue on if no payments were made in at least the last 6 years. However, you need to be cautious and make sure you know exactly what you are being told and what they are collecting. There is an abundance of debt collection on debts that were sued on many years earlier and for which a judgment was awarded (usually a default judgment). If the debt they are trying to collect is a judgment, it is enforceable for 20 years.
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There is no fair dealing with a cold call collection claim. You will not receive meaningful response to a question. The caller must verify your identity. You did so. You are now tracked down. The statute of limitations is a defense. If sued you must affirmatively state facts in support of the defense of statute of limitations. That is 6 years. If 2007 was the last time you paid the statute of limitations would have run out in 2013.
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