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...
Linda Hammerschmid

Why Sometimes Winning is Losing

As we now know in 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 decision, pronounced that all “gay” couples in the U.S. have obtained the right to be equal under the law to marry, thereby enshrining the same spousa...
Linda Hammerschmid

How low can scammers go?

“Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto” Never do I cease to be amazed by the sheer audacity of the human race in its creativity for frauding the gullible public. Laughing sadly, I read those snippets in ...