Missouri Statutes of Limitations

Missouri Common Statutes of Limitations and Other Deadlines
Statue or Rule
Time Period
Answer to petition (State Court)
Mo. Rule 55.25(a)
30 days*
Answer to complaint (Fed. Court)
F.R.C.P. 12(a)(1)
21 days
Answer to cross-claim (State Court)
Mo. Rule 55.25(b)
30 days
Answer to cross-claim (Fed. Court)
F.R.C.P. 12(a)(1)
21 days
Assault, Battery
R.S.Mo. 516.140
2 years
Contract – Sale governed by U.C.C.
R.S.Mo. 400.2-725(1)
4 years**
Contract – written, for payment of money or property
R.S.Mo. 516.110(1)
10 years
Contract – all others
R.S.Mo. 516.120(1)
5 years
Conversion of Chattels
R.S.Mo. 516.120(4)
5 years
Discovery – Answer to interrogatories (State Court)
Mo. Rule 57.01(c)
30 days*
Discovery – Answer to interrogatories (Fed. Court)
F.R.C.P. 33(b)(2)
30 days
False Imprisonment
R.S.Mo. 516.140
2 years
Farmers’ Mutual Property Insurance Companies
R.S.Mo. 380.591(1)
12 months*
Federal Tort Claims Act
28 U.S.C. 2401(b)
2 years/6 months*
R.S.Mo. 516.120(5)
5 years*
R.S.Mo. 516.140
2 years
Malicious Prosecution
R.S.Mo. 516.140
2 years
Medical Malpractice
R.S.Mo. 516.105
2 years*
Municipalities, notice
R.S.Mo. 82.210,79.480,77.600,81.060
90 days
Personal Actions in General
R.S.Mo. 516.120
5 years
Probate – Claim against estate from publication of letters
R.S.Mo. 473.360
6 months*
Probate – Claim against estate from date of death
R.S.Mo. 473.444(1)
1 year
Real Estate – trespass
R.S.Mo. 516.120(3)
5 years
R.S.Mo. 516.140
2 years
Workers’ Compensation
R.S.Mo. 287.430
2 years*
Wrongful Death
R.S.Mo. 537.100
3 years

Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA):

FDCPA claims are now the most common claim reported to The Bar Plan.

5 most common FDCPA statutes violated:

Harassment: 15 U.S.C. 1692d
False representations:15 U.S.C. 1692e
Unfair practices:15 U.S.C. 1692f
Failure to Validate or Follow Dispute Procedures:15 U.S.C. 1692g
Deceptive Forms:15 U.S.C. 1692j

Statute of Limitations to file a FDCPA suit:
Suit for Violation of Fair Debt Collections Practices Act: 1 year  15 U.S.C. 1692k(d)

Disclaimer and warning: This information is provided by The Bar Plan and is to be used only for general information purposes and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. This is not inclusive of all exceptions and requirements for each statute of limitations or time limitation. When using this list, each attorney should always refer to the statute or rule, corroborate all dates and immediately calendar the earliest possible time limit.

The date of accrual for the limitations set forth in R.S.Mo.516.100 through 516.370 is when the damage is sustained and capable of ascertainment. See R.S.Mo. 516.100 and the specific time limitation.

*Signifies a discovery requirement in either whole or part. Please consult the applicable statute and case law to determine when the statue of limitations begins to run.

**By the original agreement the parties may reduce the period of limitation to not less than one year but may not extend it. See statute for details.