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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.


What Is a Declaratory Judgment?

According to the Legal Information Institute, a declaratory judgment is a binding judgment that a court issues to form a legal relationship between parties and the parties’ rights regarding a court matter. Prior to this declaration being issued, one party may send a cease and desist letter to the other party. If the recipient of the letter does not comply, the sender may seek a declaratory judgment before filing a lawsuit. However, there are other possibilities that do not involve such letters, which will be discussed shortly.

When is a Declaratory Judgment Applicable?

The key idea to remember is that a declaratory judgment is not appropriate when damages have already occurred. As a rule, states have jurisdiction over most matters that may warrant a declaratory judgment. However, there may be exceptions. Both state and federal courts outline provisions for when declaratory judgments may be necessary.

Courts typically only issue declaratory judgments when there is “actual controversy.” In federal court, the U.S. Code, Title 28, Section 2201 is one source that governs federal declaratory judgments. The other source is the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 57. States have their own rules outlining when declaratory judgments may be used. Not all disputes, especially business-related disputes, can be resolved by a declaratory judgment. Courts think about the potential outcomes when they consider requests for declaratory judgments.

When a litigant requires direction from the court before taking a necessary action, and the court’s direction will help the litigant avoid insecurity or uncertainty, a declaratory judgment may be warranted. However, the situation still must be considered an actual controversy. If rights have been violated, and clear damages have already been suffered, a declaratory judgment is not ideal. An attorney may recommend a lawsuit for such a situation.

Understanding Actual Controversy

Any party can argue that a dispute is an actual controversy. However, not all disputes adequately present the need for a declaratory judgment. Even if the dispute presents clear grounds for a lawsuit, it may still not meet criteria for being an actual controversy. Since there are so many different facets to every dispute, it is difficult to provide a clear definition of what a court may consider an actual controversy. When disputes reach antagonistic claims with strong opposition on both sides, and there is an urgent matter that must be resolved, the court may recognize the development of a controversy. In such a situation, a court may consider issuing a declaratory judgment if one or both sides want to avoid violating the rights of the opposing side.

Entities often seek a declaratory judgment preemptively to avoid violating another party’s rights. For example, a party that is developing a product that it knows another competitor will file a patent infringement suit for, but is unsure if it will actually constitute infringement, may seek a declaratory judgment before releasing the product. In this way, the declaratory judgment effectively prevents an actual lawsuit by making a determination if infringement exists, and the party can use the decision to direct its choices.

Every case is considered individually. To determine if there is actual controversy, it is essential to work with an attorney who knows how to identify reasons for a declaratory judgment and how to articulate relevant facts to a court.

How an Attorney Helps

Think of a declaratory judgment like turning on car lights at night to see better instead of guessing and driving off the road, crashing into someone and having to deal with much bigger problems. If you suspect that an existing dispute or a potential dispute may lead to legal damages or infringement of another party’s rights, an attorney can help you determine if a declaratory judgment may be right for your situation. Also, an attorney can handle the legal paperwork to seek one if it is warranted for your situation.

Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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"Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them..."

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"Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet."

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