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Q: Can my wife be sued for a credit card debt from 11 years a go?

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Howard Berkson
Howard Berkson
  • Business Law Lawyer
  • Tulsa, OK

A: You can be sued for wearing a red shirt, but that doesn't mean the plaintiff will win. It is unlikely that a lawsuit against your wife on a debt from eleven years ago would be successful because the statute of limitations in your state appears to be 5 years. Consult with a Missouri attorney to be certain. However, the statute of limitations probably does not begin to run until the more recent of either (1) the card being cancelled or (2) the last time a payment was made, rather than from the time the debt was incurred. Again, check with a Missouri attorney to be certain and, if the debt is not collectible, also talk to your attorney about preventing harassing mails, phone calls, and lawsuits.

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