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How long do I have to file my petition? Or, what is a “statute of limitations”?

Iowa Code chapter 614 addresses this question, but other code chapters could apply depending on the type of case and facts involved. This time period is also known as the “statute of limitations.” A statute of limitations is a law that sets a time limit starting from a particular event for bringing a lawsuit in a case. For example, the date of an automobile accident in a personal injury action. If the applicable statute of limitations has passed, you are barred from filing the lawsuit.

Determining the applicable statute of limitations is a legal question and you should talk to an attorney if you are unsure how much time you have to file your petition.

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