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Tennessee Statutes of Limitations

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

Tennessee Statute of Limitation

Statute of Limitation Laws in Tennessee

Tennessee 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 Tennessee law on statute of limitations is simply that time which is allotted by the law as written by the state of Tennessee within which you can be convicted or held liable for a debt.

Below is the Tennessee 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 While this list is updated regularly, often-times laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended or changed by legislation.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 Tennessee attorney in this and any other legal matter.

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Type of Offense Length of Statute
Any Capital Offense:No Limit
Class A Felony:15 Years
Class B Felony:8 Years
Class C|D Felony:4 Years
Class E Felony:2 Years
Contracts:6 years
Foreign | Domestic Judgements:10 Years
Injury to personal property:6 Years
Open accounts for debt collections:6 Years
Wrongful Death:1 year from date of death
Medical Malpractice Actions:Patients have one (1) year from the time the malpractice occurred to file a medical malpractice suit. If a foreign object has been left in the body, the patient has 1 year from the time it is discovered to file suit. If the individual is a minor, he/she has one year from the 18th birthday to file a lawsuit or claim.
Code Section § 29-26-116
Oral Agreements:6 Years
Fraud:2 years from when the fraud was or reasonably should have been discovered.
Intentional Torts:1 Years
Libel | Slander | Defamation:1 Years
Personal Injury Actions:2 years from the date of injury
Rules for Minors:Limitation period begins to run on the minors 19th birthday, except in cases of medical malpractice or wrongful death
Products Liability Actions:Within 1 year of the date the injury occurred. Or if the injury is not discovered right away, the plaintiff has within 1 year the injury is, or should have been discovered, to file a law suit
Complete Tennessee criminal revised statute of limitations can be found on the Tennessee Criminal Statute of Limitations page.
Disclaimer: Statute of Limitation laws in every state get modified, repealed, amended, and/or changed by the legislature of that states jurisdiction. The authors and webmaster of StatuteofLimitation.info have made every effort to post the most current laws. Please use this site as a general reference and for comparison purposes. Do not substitute any information from this site for advice you would get from a qualified legal professional

Tennessee Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

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

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