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Professional Liability for CPAs – Understanding your coverage – Part I – the insurance application

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb This is the first of a series of 5 articles that together provide a good description of the underwriting process for accountants’ professional liability insurance and the coverage for CPA firms. ————————————————————— The insurance application is the primary document required by the insurer to “underwrite” a risk.  This underwriting […]

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Coverage for independent subcontractors via the CPAGold™ program.

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb We recently received an inquiry from a CPAGold™ policyholder about whether there was coverage for subcontractors under the program.  Simple, there is but only in regard to services performed on behalf of the Named Insured. While it is prudent and good risk management to verify that any subcontractors have […]

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Management Liability for CPA firms

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. Recently CPAGold™ added a new optional endorsement to the program which provides protection from management liability claims against the executive team of a CPA firm. Many professional partnerships now employ a more corporate, business-like style to firm management.  When a management or executive committee (or sometimes one individual) assumes […]

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Data Breach and Insider Trading

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CPAs practicing in mergers and acquisitions are familiar with the sensitive nature of their work and the potential for abuse of the information obtained. In addition to the conflict of interest created by trading on that information themselves, they must take extensive precautions to ensure that they do not allow that information to slip to […]

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Limiting Malpractice through Scope of Engagement

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by guest bloggers Jennifer H. Feldscher and Seth L. Laver. A recent NY Appellate Division decision serves as another reminder of the importance of carefully defining the scope of engagement in an engagement letter. This is because, under New York law, an attorney may not be held liable for failing to act outside the scope […]

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Evaluating Clients – Part Four – A Suggested Questionnaire

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb You may recall the blog postings on the subject of client screening which appeared last year.  To recap, these postings are: Evaluating Clients – Part One – Why you should evaluate clients? Evaluating Clients – Part Two – Assessing Potential Clients Evaluating Client – Part Three – Using Client […]

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What is an Extended Reporting Period?

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by Shirley Fraser, CPCU, AMIM.   AVP – Jorgensen & Company Most Malpractice policies are written on a claims made and reported basis, which means all claims must be made against the policyholder and reported to the insurer during the policy period. Other than a mini-extended reporting period (usually for 60 days) there is no coverage […]

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Control of client funds

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb If your CPA firm has control of client funds and can write checks on clients’ bank or investment accounts you may have an exposure to CPAs or firm staff abusing the signatory authority by stealing or misusing the client funds in the firm’s custody and control.  This could apply to bill […]

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Consent Armageddon is coming

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Guest blogger Paul Paray of the Paray Law Group has permitted us to repost a very informative article regarding the consent of clients about the use of data and the changing legal environment that is governing this. ————————————————- On November 19, 2018, the UK’s Register reported how even though the Washington Post was in technical violation of the GDPR, […]

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A new variation on Comfort letters – Third Party Verification Letter requests from Investment Professionals

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Comfort letters issued to lenders and mortgage companies have been a quite common practice for Tax Professionals.  Such letters are used to verify income for the purchase of a home or other asset.  The provision of comfort letters is relatively simple and merely require a review of tax return […]

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