What is the statute of limitations?

The period of time in which an individual must file suit. If suit is not filed within the time allowed, the defendant may ask the Court to dismiss the lawsuit as not being timely filed. Often the statute of limitations depends upon the legal theory of the lawsuit. Sometimes the issue is so complex that a Court must resolve it. It is important that an attorney file the lawsuit before the defendant can argue that the lawsuit is barred as untimely.