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Trade Errors – Is Your Wealth Management Practice Covered?

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM We received an enquiry recently from a firm that was reviewing their compliance standards. The compliance process required the firm ensure that there was a particular form of errors and omissions in place, either through the firm’s professional liability program or as a separate investment professionals’ policy. This coverage […]

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Equifax Breach – what to tell clients

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We have received a number of inquiries from CPA firms asking about what advice they can give to clients to assist them to estsablish whether a client’s Personal Identifiable information has been compromise by the Equifax breach. The following is a draft of a communication that can be modified to fit the needs of your clients here. […]

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Can a Single Lawsuit = Multiple Claims?

by Seth L. Laver, Michael P. Luongo and Michael T. Glascott Professional liability insurance is necessary to any responsibly-run professional practice. The limits of coverage available under an E&O policy help to protect professionals against financial loss.  However, the limits of coverage between different policies do not necessarily offer the same protection, even if the […]

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Malpractice coverage for retirees

What happens to your exposure for past acts when you cease practicing? Over the past years we have often received inquiries from clients that are considering retirement and are concerned about residual prior acts exposure.  No-one wants to have their golden years disturbed by an ugly, uninsured malpractice lawsuit.  Before packing the golf clubs or […]

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Put it in writing – Guidelines for file documentation

Documentation can help you avoid, or at least minimize, professional liability claims. It helps improve communication between your clients and staff. Documentation also provides value-added service to clients, while creating potential new services. Certain engagements tend to increase client perception problems because the scope and areas of responsibility are unclear. Documentation is absolutely vital in […]

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How To Minimize The Damage Of Lawsuits

by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM   Things Beyond Your Control That Precipitate Lawsuits With the advent of the computer era and information age, the cultural and business climate of the nation, and world, has shifted. Businesses have become more complicated, as attitudes sanction greater and greater risk-taking. No longer are there sure-fire lifetime jobs […]

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An overview of the client screening process

By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb, ARM Extracted from Evaluating Clients – Engagement risk screening for CPA firms. There are solid reasons for screening new clients.  Many involve not getting paid, exposure to lawsuits or even the stress related to difficult individuals.  Effective client screening can avoid these problems. Implementing a formal screening process is the […]

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Scam of the Week: Phishing Moves to Smishing

Internet bad guys are increasingly trying to circumvent your spam filters and instead are targeting your users directly through their smartphone with smishing attacks, which are hard to stop. The practice has been around for a few years, but current new scams are mystery shopping invitations that start with a text, social engineering the victim […]

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The Growing Insider Threat

By LIFARS Reposted from here A security threat originating from within the organization which is targeted or attacked is an insider threat. Insider attacks are rapidly increasing and becoming more prevalent in organizations. In the past year, believe insider attacks have become more frequent. Any present or former employee who at one point had access […]

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Fraudulent Wire Transfer – a risk management protocol

by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb, ARM CPAGold™ has seen an increase in claims where CPAs and other custodians of client funds have been the subject of spoofing attacks which resulted in a fraudulent wire transfer. These types of claims were discussed in previous blogs: http://cpagold.com/2015/09/a-small-step-to-avoid-a-big-exposure-in-wire-transfer-fraud/ http://cpagold.com/2014/12/accountants-targeted-in-new-wave-of-wire-transfer-scams/ At the time of writing, insurers have remained silent […]

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