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Kentucky Statutes of Limitations

What is the statute of limitations for your legal rights in Kentucky?

Kentucky Statute of Limitation

Statute of Limitation Laws in Kentucky

Kentucky State SealIn order to convict you of an offense or sue you for monetary gain, your crime, tort or contractual agreement must fall within a certain time-line allowed by law. An Kentucky law on statute of limitations is simply that time which is allotted by the law as written by the state of Kentucky within which you can be convicted or held liable for a debt.

Below is the Kentucky statute of limitations listings for a number of different offenses and torts. While this list is updated regularly, often-times laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended or changed by legislation. Please consult with a qualified Kentucky attorney in this and any other legal matter.

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Type of Offense Length of Statute
Any Capital Offense:No Limit
Drug trafficking:No Limit
Forgery (felony):No Limit
Counterfeiting(felony):No Limit
Rape:No Limit
Contracts:15 Years
Injury to personal property:6 Years
Open accounts for debt collections:5 Years
Wrongful Death:1 Year
Medical Malpractice Actions:The statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice suits in Kentucky is one (1) year. If the injury is not discovered immediately, the statute of limitations does not begin until the time of discovery, but cannot exceed 5 years. For minors, the statute of limitations is tolled until the minor turns 18 or until they marry wherein they will have 1 year to file a medical malpractice suit. Wrongful death suits must be filed within one year of the date of death
Code Section § 413.140
Oral Agreements:5 Years
Fraud:10 years from when the fraud was or reasonably should have been discovered.
Intentional Torts:2 Years
Libel | Slander | Defamation:2 Years
Personal Injury Actions:1 years from the date of injury
Rules for Minors:Limitation period begins to run on the minors 18th birthday, except in cases of medical malpractice or wrongful death
Products Liability Actions:Within 1 year of the date the injury occurred
Complete Kentucky criminal revised statute of limitations can be found on the Kentucky Criminal Statute of Limitations page.
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Kentucky Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

In order for an Kentucky debt collector or debt buyer to sue you to collect a debt they have to do that within the time limits that the state of Kentucky law requires. This is what is known as the statute of limitations. If they sue you outside of that statute of limitations then that may violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Even threatening to sue you beyond the statute of limitations can also be considered a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violation.

If you are dealing with an unscrupulous Kentucky debt collector that is threatening you with a lawsuit, whether verbal or written, for an old debt, then you need to look at the Kentucky statute of limitations if that debt collector has a potential case against you or has potentially violated the FDCP Act.

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