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Helen Antel, Lawyer and Peacemaker – P.1

Former criminal prosecutor Helene Antel grew up in a low-income housing project in the South Bronx. It was a rough and ugly neighborhood where people did not treat each other with kindness. She knew, even as a little girl, that so much hatred was not normal. She remembers being eight or nine and flying with fists of fury at a burly, tattooed gang member because he was picking on a little fat kid. She’s had the heart of an advocate since she was small.

Helene is a lawyer in Alaska who recently made the decision not to litigate any more. Over the course of her impressive career, and with a little help from her personal life, Helene has come to the conclusion that most conflicts are the product of a misunderstanding, or the lack of a good translator. And so she doesn’t litigate, she translates. Through translation, she reduces conflict while increasing peace and understanding.

Listen as Ron and Robert interview Helen Antel, lawyer and peacemaker.

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Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist Randy Morrow Speaks With Ron and Robert

In their best podcast yet, Ron and Robert speak with Randy Morrow, a veteran Realtor in the highly specialized field of Divorce Real Estate. Randy is trained in the legal and tax aspects of the divorce process as it relates to real estate. He specializes in research of obscure divorce-related legal rulings and regulations, and their implications for divorce and taxes.

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It All Adds Up, Know Your CDFA – Irene Smith, CPA, CDFA

Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) Irene Smith speaks with Ron and Robert regarding the financial matters all divorcing couples must know. A CFDA is a new designation for assisting couples in divorce. A CDFA is a member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts who specialize in the financial issues surrounding divorce. The role of the CDFA includes acting as an advisor to one party’s divorce lawyer, or as a mediator for both parties. A CDFA uses his or her knowledge of tax law, asset distribution, and short- and long-term financial planning to achieve an equitable settlement.  CDFAs are also helpful in reducing the costs of divorce.

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Financial Check-Up (Part 4 of 4)

Divorce and taxes.  Not unlike death and taxes, though probably not as often seen together in the same sentence. Which is why Ron and Robert asked CPA James Cagle from Allegent Group to talk about this very topic.

Listen now as Mr. Cagle discusses some common misconceptions about how your tax situation may change after divorce, as well as some recent changes to the laws surrounding divorce and taxes. (Podcast #67)

Missed the first three episodes? Here they are:

Part 1 – Prepare for Tax Season 2011, Filing Your 2010 Taxes

Part 2 – Tax credit vs. Tax deduction

Part 3 – The Proper Care and Feeding of Your CPA

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Financial Check-Up (Part 3 of 4)

At the turn of the New Year we posted the first two of four interviews with CPA James Cagle from Allegent Group in Woodland Hills.  Now, with tax day literally knocking at the backdoor, we present Part 3 in this excellent series.

What is the proper care and feeding of a CPA?  In other words, how can you be a better client?

For more information about Mr. Cagle and Allegent Group, click HERE.

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Missed the first two interviews?  Click HERE for Part 1 and click HERE for Part 2.

Dr. Kathy Memel on Divorce (Part 4 of 4)

Dr. Kathy Memel is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a divorce, custody, and family mediator. In the fourth and final segment of this live recording from a recent Second Saturday Workshop, Dr. Memel discusses how children manage the complicated web of emotions they feel during a divorce, how parents can help them better manage their feelings, and what happens if they don’t.

For more information about Dr. Kathy Memel, visit her website at www.KathyMemel.com.

Missed Parts 1, 2, or 3? Click HERE for Part 1, click HERE for Part 2, click HERE for Part 3.

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Dr. Kathy Memel on Divorce (Part 3 of 4)

This is the third segment in a four part series featuring a live recording of Dr. Kathy Memel presenting at one of our recent Second Saturday Workshops. In this podcast Dr. Memel discusses why it’s important for divorcing parents to present a united front to their children, the best ways for the parent who’s moved out to stay in touch with their kids, and how to keep your child’s life as stable as possible even in the midst of a tumultuous divorce.

Dr. Memel is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Beverly Hills. To learn more about Dr. Memel, visit her website at www.KathyMemel.com.

Missed Parts 1 and 2 of Dr. Memel’s interview? Click HERE for Part 1, click HERE for Part 2.

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And we all may bloom

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This is A Serious Girl here, blogging on behalf of Ron & Robert.  I’ve been listening to the podcasts with Dr. Lin Morel and I’ve got to say, she really is amazing. She holds a Masters in Applied Psychology, she’s a Certified Holistic Health Care Practitioner, a Doctor of Spiritual Science, author of Get clear, Get Connected, Get a Job: How to Make Your Job Search Easy, and a fifth degree black belt.  She was also a victim of domestic violence.  She married her childhood love, not knowing that he was mentally ill. As the years passed and his disease progressed, he became increasingly controlling, verbally abusive, and violent.  Then one day in a fit of rage, he strangled her in front of their daughter. In her first interview with Ron and Robert on Divorce, Lin talks about her experience as a victim of domestic violence.

In the second interview, Lin talks about why she stayed with an abusive husband for as long as she did, and how she found the courage to leave. She talks about what she’d do differently if she had it to do again.  She talks about grieving the loss of the man she fell in love with, and how she used art and journaling to express her pain and begin the healing process.

Lin experienced one of the most terrifying marital crises imaginable and yet she found the strength to take control of her life and save herself and her daughter.  She is a cornucopia of insight and wisdom.  In her third interview with Ron and Robert, Lin talks about the need for spiritual divorce, how to find help if you’re the victim of domestic violence, and how you can find your inner power and save yourself from a destructive relationship.

Click the play button below to listen to the third installment of the interview with Dr. Lin Morel on Ron and Robert on Divorce.

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When we take control of life

“My dear, you really must do something so that your daughter learns how to stand up for herself.”

This is part two of a six-part interview with Lin Morel, a woman who recognized she was the victim of domestic violence, took control of her situation, and saved herself and her child.  Today she holds a Master’s of Applied Psychology, a Doctor of Spiritual Science, she’s president of AWBW.org and she’s the author of Get Clear, Get Connected, Get a Job.

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Divorce Tool Kit

Ron and Robert have created an extremely useful Divorce Tool Kit, available for free through our website.  In this recent podcast Ron and Robert discuss how these tools work and why they are important.  Have a listen and then visit The Law Collaborative’s Information Center to take advantage of these free tools.

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