Critical deadlines apply in every legal matter. The classic deadline is the statute of limitations. This statute determines the last date in which you can take legal action before a legal claim expires. Another essential deadline is the summons response time. When someone files suit against you, you must respond within the time prescribed by law to avoid a default judgment. The applicable statute of limitations varies depending on the nature of the claim (e.g., negligence, slander, wrongful death, etc.) and the nature of the defendant (e.g., professional, government agency, guaranty association, etc.). It is not infrequent to see a case with multiple statutes of limitations. Determining the appropriate statute of limitations date can be difficult, even for an experienced attorney. The deadline could be nearer than you think. Some statutes require suit to be filed or the defendant to be placed on notice in less than 30 days. Pre-suit notice and suit filing deadlines can also be imposed by a contract. While contractual limitation dates are often deemed unenforceable, there are exceptions, so it’s important to check the language of any applicable contract.
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