In Bleak House, Charles Dickens describes how the costs of a years long litigation over an estate end up absorbing its entire value. The novel is satirical, but should be read by anyone considering entering litigation.
Things need not be so Dickensian, however– these costs can often be avoided with a little bit of planning. The recently published decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Paul v. 1433295 Ontario Ltd. is a good illustration of how. While Paul gives us some interesting law, it also provides an interesting lesson: Foresight is much less expensive than litigation.