California Code of Civil Procedure Section 339 establishes a two-year statute of limitations for oral contracts. You must file a lawsuit within two years of the breach of an oral contract.
The SOL begins to run on the date of breach, not the effective date of the contract. There is a two-year SOL on oral contracts.
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Suit must be filed within the two year period after the contract was breached (violated).
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The other attorneys have answered your question as to the timing (2 years and when the breach occurs). However, be aware that oral contracts without unbiased witnesses can be very difficult to prove. Good luck.
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