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Episode 144 - Why do our clients file bankruptcy?

In this week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, I take a look at the different reasons our clients come to us for bankruptcy protection: These types of debts do not discriminate between Chapter 7 & 13, and neither chapter necessarily better or worse to deal with these debts (look for a future episode on the difference between Chapter 7 Liquidation and Chapter 13 Reorganization, or check out our blog). Please contact me at or with what other...


Episode 143 - Divorce, Real Estate and Debt

In this week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, I talk about a topic requested by our listeners - divorce, real estate and debt. While I've talked about each of these subjects in some manner, this is the first episode dedicated to the intersection of all three. What should you know about real estate that you jointly own with your ex? What should you know about debt that you jointly owe with your ex? How did you take title when you were married and how does that impact the debt, and...


Episode 142 - Millennial Money Makeover

In this week's episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, I interview Conor Richardson, author of The Millennial Money Makeover book which will be released on Jan. 1, 2019, so order your copy now at Conor is a CPA and Author who earned his Accounting and Finance Degree at the University of Georgia. Once he obtained his Masters of Accounting degree from Villanova and became a CPA, Conor moved to New York to work with Deloitte & Touche, and now lives in Austin,...


Episode 141 - Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from The Crushing Debt Podcast and Yesner Law! I recorded this episode while waiting for my open house to start. The open house was a celebration of my 20 years practicing law, so it provided a great opportunity to review 2018. I also provide some insight into how I set and track goals. I also look forward to 2019. Thank you all for being listeners to the show! If you have questions, contact me at or Have a great Thanksgiving...


Episode 140 - Cash Wise Ex Wives

In this week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, I talk to the Cash Wise Ex Wives, Kayla Sloan and Shanah Bell. I met Kayla and Shanah at FinCon 2018 in Orlando a few months ago. Kayla and Shanah are both divorced themselves and met at FinCon 2017. They talked about their journey of divorce and debt and, although each had their own business, they had people continue to come to them asking for help with their divorce and money issues. So they started, a...


Episode 139 - Crushing Medical Debt

I have another returning guest with this week's Crushing Debt Episode. Barb Hennessy was a guest WAY back in episode 37. Today Barb is back to talk about her role as Director of the BSW Academy USA, Inc. and how she helps as an interventionist for PTSD. Barb helps people with depression and suicide, anxiety, and special needs. For more information, contact Barb at or any of the following: You can contact me at...


Episode 138 - The Profit Prophet

On this week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, we're happy to have a returning guest, Brian Morris, the Profit Prophet. We last spoke with Brian in Episode 57 and, since then, Brian has had a shift in his business model. Today, Brian works with companies to help them find the best service providers in 5 areas of concentration: Direct Costs, Qualification for Grants, Work Flow Processes, Risk Mitigation and Growth Potential. Brian will analyze, advise and connect. Best of all, Brian...


Episode 137 - Life & Debt with Leslie Tayne

In this week's episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, we talk with fellow attorney, fellow author, and fellow FinCon2018 attendee Leslie Tayne. Leslie is a New York attorney. In addition to her practice (similar to ours) that covers many aspects of debt elimination, Leslie wrote a book called Life & Debt which you can pick up on Amazon. You can also visit her website at or email her at If you live in New York and are being harassed by creditors,...


Episode 136 - Buy It, Rent It, Profit! With Bryan Chavis

On October 29 & 30, 2018, I have the honor of speaking at the Buy It, Rent It, Profit! Multi Family Summit at the Holiday Inn Westshore. In this week's episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, I speak to the host of the event, best-selling author, real estate investor, and thought leader in property management and multifamily housing, Bryan Chavis. While this month's event is at the end of October, 2018, Bryan's intent is to promote this seminar throughout Florida, and later across areas of...


Episode 135 - Creating A Revenue Breakthrough with Monica Shah

In this week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, we interview Monica Shah, MBA, Money and Marketing Coach. Monica was $25,000 in debt until she changed her money mindset. She now helps her clients eliminate debt through her Money Making Marketing Calendar In this week's episode, I talk to Monica about her steps to get out of debt: 1. Review your numbers 2. Track you numbers 3. Do Revenue Generating Activities: (a) speaking, (b) sponsorships, and (c) webinars. 4. What is your...


Episode 134 - Become A Better Agent 28

This week's episode was recorded when I presented to a group of Realtors at Become a Better Agent 28 ("BABA") which is an educational seminar hosted by Insured Title Agency and Synergy Title here in Tampa Bay. BABA’s purpose is to identify the needs of an ever-changing market and meet those needs more effectively through disruption, innovation and creativity. If you're in the Tampa Bay Area, definitely check out the next BABA. The first part of the episode is my description to the crowd of...


Episode 133 - Networking at FinCon

When this episode is first released, I will be attending FinCon 2018 in Orlando, so I thought I would do an episode about how I network at a large event. I talk about tips, tricks and strategies to maximize your attendance at an event. What are your goals? What do you want to accomplish? How will you know that the conference was a success? Who do want to meet with? What attendees? What speakers? In addition, I have an exciting announcement - the Crushing Debt Book is out on Amazon! If...


Episode 132 - Coming Off of the Freddie Mac Exclusionary List

I've often talked and blogged about the Freddie Mac Exclusionary List. This week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast focuses, again, on tips, techniques and strategies to come off of the List. A real estate professional (Realtor, Mortgage, Buyer, Seller, Investor, Title Company, Attorney, Inspector, Appraiser, etc.) who finds themselves on the Exclusionary List cannot participate in a real estate transaction where Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp or FHLMC) is a party. We...


Episode 131 - Crypto Currency & Blockchain with Lannister Holdings

In this week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, we make our first venture into the topic of Blockchain technology and crypto currency with Joseph Snyder and Chris Brown. Joseph is the CEO of Lannister Holdings and Chris is the CTO (Chief Technology Officer). You can find out more about them at Lannister Holdings is a fiscally conservative, publicly traded holding company listed on the OTC market (OTC: NBDR). On this week's episode, I talk to Joseph and Chris...


Episode 130 - Vision Board Your Success with Claudia Mitchell-McLeod

This week's guest on the Crushing Debt Podcast is Claudia Mitchell-McLeod with Next Level Financial Partners. We met Claudia through our friend Robin Lavitch of Surpass Your Goals (you can hear Robin on Episodes 92 and 98 - or follow us on Facebook where we will post links to those episodes). Claudia has been in Financial Services since 2000, starting as a benefits administrator and then moving into human resources. Her passion is working with women. Claudia's next Vision Board seminar is...


Episode 129 - Foreclosure Mediations are a Waste of Time!

Unsure what to say about this week's episode. I fired up the mic after a particularly troublesome "mediation" I had with Ocwen. I put "mediation" in quotes because the bank was clearly not mediating in good faith - and they rarely do. In a typical mediation, one party starts with one perception of the case, and the other party starts with a competing perception of the case. The role of the mediator is to assist both parties in some middle-ground compromise unless, of course, we're talking...


Episode 128 - Bankruptcy Means Test

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) made major revisions to the Bankruptcy Code. In this week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, we talk about one of the more sweeping changes - the Means Test. The means test is complicated and there is an art and a science to completing the information. The means test is important because it helps determine whether someone can file Chapter 7 (Liquidation) or Chapter 13 (reorganization). If you have questions...


Episode 127 - Timeshare Exiting with Gordon Newton

In this week's episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, we interview Gordon Newton, President and Co-Founder of the Newton Group. Do you have a timeshare that you don't want anymore? Were you "oversold" on your timeshare? Are you interested in buying a timeshare? If so, check out "The Consumer Guide to Timeshare Exit" written by Gordon, which is available on his website at Although he's not an attorney, I first heard Gordon on The Cash Flow Guys podcast,...


Episode 126 - How to Complete Schedule I & J of the Bankruptcy Petition

In this week's episode, I go over Schedules I & J of the Bankruptcy Petition. Schedule I describes the debtor's income - all sources of the debtor's income: wages, income from operating a business, interest and dividends, family support (like alimony and child support), unemployment, social security, pension, government assistance, and "other." Basically any and every source of income must be disclosed on Schedule I. Conversely, Schedule J describes all of the debtor's expenses - rent,...


Episode 125 - Parents' Responsibility for their Kids with Attorney Dale Appell

We interviewed personal injury attorney Dale Appell in Episode 123 of The Crushing Debt Podcast. Dale is back for this week's episode. I talk to Dale about different topics like: - Can a Parent be Responsible for their Kids bad driving habits; - What to do before calling your insurance company; - Giving a statement to your insurance company; - What happens if you're injured at the Hard Rock Casino (or other Native American property); and - Where can a personal injury lawsuit be filed?...