Statutes of Limitation


Federal and state laws set strict time limits on when businesses and individuals can file a lawsuit against another party. In some cases, the statute of limitations begins when a violation or problem first took place. In other cases, the statute of limitations begins when a violation has been discovered.

To protect your rights, it’s important to act quickly and seek competent legal advice. The litigation attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC stand ready to provide you with aggressive representation in your case.

The litigators at Tully Rinckey represent parties in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island in a variety of time-sensitive litigation matters, such as:

  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud
  • Recovery of chattel
  • Personal injury
  • Corporate litigation
  • Adverse possession
  • Malpractice

Below is a chart detailing New York State’s statutes of limitation on various types of cases:

CVP § Action Statute of limitation
212 For possession required to recover real property (adverse possession). 10 years
213 For limitations not specifically addressed in law

On contractual obligations and liabilities

On a bond or note relating to real property or a mortgage

Based upon a mistake

By or on behalf a corporation against current or former directors, officers or stockholders for an accounting or to seek a judgment relating to fraud, liability enforcement, forfeiture or penalty, or to recover damages for waste

Based upon fraud.*

6 years
213-a For residential rent overcharge 4 years
214 To recover chattel

For personal injury (with exemptions)

3 years
214-a For medical, dental, or podiatric malpractice (with exceptions) 2.5 years
214-d Against licensed engineers and architects 10 years
* The greater of six years from when the fraud occurred or two years from when it was discovered.

The trial-tested attorneys at Tully Rinckey understand how statutes of limitation work. We offer knowledgeable counsel on interpreting sometimes-complex statute of limitation rules and requirements, and we represent you aggressively in pursuing fair and equitable outcomes to your legal matters.

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