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It can be as long as 15 years in OHio. However, the applicable statute of limitations is likely determined by the choice of law provsion in the cardholder agreement. You should consult with a consumer law attorney.
Michael L. Fine
Do not "Google" the question. It will lead to either more confusion or incorrect information. The SOL for a credit card debt in Ohio is not a simple issue, and as Mr. Fine indicated, needs the analysis that a consumer attorney can provide. The 15-year SOL likely does not apply, because there is likely not a signed written contract. If you have been sued on this, you should contact an Ohio-licensed consumer attorney right away. I am a member of www.naca.net and would recommend consulting with a NACA attorney.
The statute of limitations in Ohio is ordinarily 15 years, although this was just recently changed last month to 8 years. In a consumer transaction, however, it is very likely that you can defeat these limitations and they probably will not apply, especially if your debt was sold to a debt purchaser and the original creditor is not the party now attempting to collect or sue you. You should seek an attorney who handles debtor's rights should you get sued because there are many tricky legal defenses that you may be able to assert.
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You may have another defense. How about denying the debt and seeing if they have the slightest proof of its existence? Perhaps they can't even prove that they own the debt. An attorney would be very helpful in this process. And worth the cost. Doing it yourself will get probably just you lost in the "discovery" process. Good luck.
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