Is there a statue of limitation for filing a civil suit against someone who owes me $800?

My great grandmother died 12 years ago. In her Will she left all of the grandchildren $800. My uncle was in charge of dispersing the money. There were 3 grandchildren who owed her money; I’m not sure how much but she never stated in the Will to take any money owed to her away from us. So, can I still sue him for the money that he never paid me?

Asked on July 16, 2014 under Estate Planning, Maryland

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Every state has its own time limits regarding the statute of limitations. They even vary within the same state according to the type of claim; for example breach of contract versus personal injury. However, in virtually all states the S/L would have expired on such a claim as this. For further information, you can contact a local attorney who will be familar with the exact S/L in the state.


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