Legal Strategy | Declaratory Judgments
Although a person normally may not file a complaint until he or she has actually been harmed as a result of another person’s actions, in some situations a court will make a decision in advance to avoid a future problem. A “declaratory judgment” involves asking the court to declare (clarify) the rights and obligations of both parties so that they can perform their daily business without legal uncertainty. A declaratory judgment is used to settle questions such as who is obliged to do what under the terms of a written contract. Or, a case might involve the rights of property owners, such as determining the boundaries of adjacent properties or the ownership of property among several claimants.
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HINT: A declaratory judgment is typically requested when a party is threatened with a lawsuit that has yet to be filed, or when a party or parties believe that their rights under law and/or contract might conflict.