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Statute of limitations for bills?

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I'm in Arkansas, and have recently begun receiving statements from a collection service that handled a dental bill for me three years ago. It was turned over to them due to a dispute with the dentist, and I paid them in full in 4 post-dated checks. Now, three years after the procedure I receive statements saying I still owe one more payment. Can they do this?


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If the debt is valid, yes, they can attempt to collect. Do you have proof the full amount was paid? Something in your advantage though is that Arkansas has a rather low statute of limitations on open accounts. If it has been more than 3 years since you last transaction with the dentist, the debt is invalid. This would probably be the day the last of your 4 post dated checks was cashed.

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