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Statutes of Limitation (Civil): Introduction

Reviewed 5/20/2019

Introduction


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Introduction

 “What is the statute of limitations in New Hampshire?” is a deceptively simple question. But there is no single statute of limitations in New Hampshire and a "statute of limitation" is just one type of time limit on filing lawsuits. This is a very complex area of law to research because the time limits for filing a lawsuit vary depending upon the jurisdiction, the type of claim and even who the defendant is. Also, there may be more than one statute of limitations that applies to a particular event so that even though one time period has expired, there might still be time to bring an action. Calculating when a statute of limitations starts to “run” (think of it as when the countdown starts) can be difficult. Under certain conditions, statutes of limitations can be “tolled” so that the countdown pauses. Because this is such a complex area of law, researchers should consult with a lawyer before deciding that their time has run out to file a lawsuit. 

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New Hampshire Cases

The cases below are here to illustrate various situations that have involved some kind of time limitation on filing an action. They include: statutes of limitations, statutes of repose, non-claim statutes, and laches. There are many, many more cases. 

New Hampshire Statutes

There are too many statutes with time limits on filing actions to list here. We suggest that you start your research with the New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated and use the print index instead of keyword searching online. This is because many statutes say only that an action must be brought within “x” number of months or years and may never use the phrases “statute of limitations”  or "limitations of actions." Look in the print index under “limitations of actions.”   

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