Hesper Schleiderer-Hardy

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Hesper, born and raised in southern Maine, joined Childs Rundlett in 2007 and is now the Managing Partner. She has devoted her career to representing clients in family matters, estate planning, and probate litigation. In addition, Hesper has extensive experience as a Guardian ad Litem, working with children of all ages. She is also specially trained in Collaborative Divorce Law. Through tenacious preparation, commitment to details, active listening, and zealous advocacy in and out of the courtroom, Hesper is dedicated to getting the best results for each of her clients.

Areas or Practice:

  • Family Law - including marriage, civil unions, same-sex relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, separation, property settlements, spousal support, child support, and grandparent visitation
  • Guardian ad Litem - representing the "best interests of a child" in family and probate cases
  • Estate Planning and Probate Law - Wills & Trusts, Financial Powers of Attorney, Guardianships / Conservatorships, Adoptions
  • Protection from Abuse & Protection from Harassment
  • Collaborative Law - a collaborative approach to resolution outside the traditional court setting

A Maine native, Hesper is an alumna of Wells High School and Bowdoin College. She graduated from Boston's Northeastern University School of Law in 2007.

Hesper is a rostered Guardian ad Litem for private divorce and parental rights cases as well as probate matters. She has been trained and certified in Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment since May 2010.

A Katahdin Counsel Member, Hesper volunteers with Legal Services for the Elderly and the Courthouse Assistance Project. She is a member of the Maine Bar Association Family Law Section, the Cumberland County Bar Association, and the York County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Treasurer and Founding Board Member of the Maine Collaborative Law Alliance.

Hesper resides in York County with her partner and their two children where she enjoys baking, cross-country skiing, farm life, and traveling with her family.

Legal Experience

Childs, Rundlett & Altshuler (Feb. 2007 - Present)

Domestic Violence Clinic, Dorchester District Court in Dorchester, Massachusetts (Dec. 2006 - Feb. 2007) 

Maine Attorney General's Office, Department of Child Protection in Augusta, Maine (Intern, Sept. - Nov. 2006)

Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts (Intern, March - May 2005)

Judicial Clerk for the Honorable William Young, Chief Judge of the United States District Court in Boston, Massachusetts (Intern, Sept. - Nov. 2005)

Shelter Legal Services Foundation at Rosie's Place, in Roxbury, Massachusetts (Volunteer, Feb. - Nov. 2005)

Educational Background

  • Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. in May 2007
  • Bowdoin College, A.B. in May 2002
    • Majors: Environmental Studies and Anthropology
    • Minor: Geology

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Association of Family Conciliation Courts
    • Member of Association
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
    • Member of Association
  • Maine Bar Association
    • Member of Family Law Section & Elder Law Section
  • Maine Collaborative Law Alliance
    • Treasurer and Founding Member
  • Maine Odyssey of the Mind
    • Board of Directors
  • Seacoast Waldorf School
    • Chair of the School Expansion Building Committee
  • York County Bar Association
    • Member of Association