What can I do if I received a bill from my therapist for services provided 2 and 3 years ago?

My last contact via Bill, mail or phone was over a year ago asking for updated insurance information. I provided the information and confirmed payments for coming. Now, over a year later I received a bill this week saying that I still owe $300 plus dollars. Is this legal? I thought I was cleared and paid in full with this therapist.

Asked on November 15, 2014 under Business Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

IF you actually owe the money--they provided $300 worth of services which have not yet been paid for--you have to pay it, even though you though everything was paid in full and even though 2 or 3 years have passed--with one significant caveat or limitation. The statute of limitations for a claim like this in your state appears to be 3 years (whether there was a written or unwritten [oral] agreement for the provision of services, this would be a contract claim, so that statute of limitations is that for contracts), which means that they can only most likely recover for unpaid services provided 3 years or less ago at this point.


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