Asked in Collections for California

Q: Can a collection agency come after you if the dept is over 4 years old for hospital bill under $2000,00?

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Barak J Berlin
Barak J Berlin
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Lake Elsinore, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: A collection agency can essentially ask you nicely for the money at any time. However, if the debt is past the statute of limitations (i.e. you haven't made payments for over four years), then they cannot make any misleading statements. This would include threats to sue you for the past due balance or offering a settlement.

If you believe the collection agency has done anything illegal, or you just want further clarification, feel free to email me ( or go to NACA ( to find an attorney.

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