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The Litigator’s Holiday Medley

It is that time of year again… “the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” as that well-loved refrain goes.  Lawyers and other professionals can get awfully serious about what they do when it comes to estate planning, litigation, and administration.  So in an attempt to offer some levity in this busy season, I offer a reworking of two holiday classics from a litigator’s perspective (with apologizes to songwriters of old).  Please hum the tune as you sing the lyrics:


Have yourself a merry little court hearing
May the judge feel alright
From now on your troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little mediation
Let your lawyers settle
Then your troubles will be miles away

Here we are in a big, bad fight
Happy golden days to come
Faithful experts who are dear to us
Fail to be near to us when examined

Through the years we will be together
If summary judgment is denied
Hang a shining affidavit upon the highest place
And have yourself a merry, little court fight.


Have a holly, jolly court fight
There’s no better thing to do
I don’t know if we will settle
But have a cup of cheer.

Have a holly, jolly court fight
And when you walk to court
Say hello to counsel and every judge you meet

Have a holly, jolly court fight
And in case you didn’t hear
You’ll find support from the courts
With resolution in the new year!

Happy Holidays and Good Luck Litigating in 2018!

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About Justin de Vries
Justin has been consistently named as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada/Trusts & Estates. He is an accomplished litigator who has appeared before all levels of the Ontario Court & the Federal Court of Canada. Justin's areas of expertise include: estate, trust, and capacity litigation, as well as probate applications and estate administration. He regularly speaks on estate, trust and capacity issues. Email:


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