Linda Hammerschmid

Polygamy only works…

Ask the Hammer  …if you are filing your income tax returns and have both a new spouse and a former spouse (or 2) to whom you pay support. Otherwise, not so much as a recent Court Judgment has determined. ...
Linda Hammerschmid

To whom go the spoils?

Ask the Hammer Sometime ago I wrote an article about Wills (November 2014).  Due to recent stories in the news, or from callers-in to Dr. Laurie Betito’s “Passion” radio show, further examination of the is...
Linda Hammerschmid

Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines

Ask the Hammer In 2005 the Feds tasked 2 professors to prepare guidelines to determine levels of spousal support that could be payable under certain scenarios. Practical Case/Formula (From the Spousal...
Linda Hammerschmid

Systemic Legal Racism

Ask the Hammer Recently the issue of racism in legal circles was taken up by the Legal Profession’s regulatory body in Ontario.  Moreover, the Law Society of Upper Canada is set to examine measures that wo...
Linda Hammerschmid

My Pendulum Theory

Ask the Hammer Always, for the last column of the year, it is a struggle to pick one topic. On the one hand it is the Holiday Season, so the column should inspire joy, warm thoughts, generosity, family, pl...
Linda Hammerschmid

Access to Justice – Bah Humbug!

A revealing look at the ponderous and time-consuming judicial system Inspired by National Post columnist, Christie Blatchford, and her take on justice in her article “How I fell out of love with our justice sy...