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Professional Liability for CPAs – Understanding your coverage – Part III – the coverage grant

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Each insurer’s policy is arranged differently, and the items listed above can be located in different places and with different headings in each policy. However, by reading the explanations below, you should be able to locate them no matter where they are found within a policy. 1.  Coverage Agreements […]

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The Most Expensive Insurance Policy is Always the Cheapest One.

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This following is an article by guest blogger, Aaaron Lipson of FounderPro about the perils of buying coverage based upon price considerations alone.  In the past we have spent much time blogging about quality of coverage.  Even our competitors often focus upon coverage over costs (even when we can point to coverage flaws in their […]

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Professional Liability for CPAs Understanding your coverage – Part II – the declarations page

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb The Declarations Page The declarations page summarizes the coverage in an easy to read one or two page document.  It comprises: The preamble: Usually this is a statement about the basis of coverage which reiterates the wording that appears on the application and in the preamble of the policy.  […]

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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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SOCIAL ENGINEERING/WIRE TRANSFER FRAUD – A NEW TWIST ON AN OLD SCAM.

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by Rickard Jorgensen FCII, ARM, ACIArb. As we discussed in prior postings, social engineering is a major problem for CPAs. Go to:  here for risk management advice and here for coverage details Social engineering is a deception to manipulate individuals into carrying out a particular act, such as transferring money, handing over confidential information or […]

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Fundamental Coverage Deficiency – delayed notice of claims

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT – if you have a multi-partner or multi-office firm and communication regarding potential claims might be delayed, then it is important to ensure that your insurer will not deny coverage if you don’t advise a potential claim until after the renewal date. —————————————————————————————————————— When reviewing the […]

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Why Full Tort coverage is crucial for CPAs.

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The first accountants’ professional liability insurance policy was written in the late 1930s following the decision in Ultramares Corporation v. Touche, 174 N.E. 441 (1932).  Coverage was basic – limiting the risks insured to claims made by clients arising from negligence acts.  In fact, the doctrine of negligence arose from the Scottish law case of […]

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The 10 Worst Corporate Accounting Scandals of All Time

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If there is one theme to rival terrorism for defining the last decade-and-a-half, it would have to be corporate greed and malfeasance. Many of the biggest corporate accounting scandals in history happened during that time. In acknowledgement of the excellent webinar about Fraud Detection recently offered by the CPAFMA, here’s a chronological look back at […]

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Does your malpractice insurance cover you for criminal acts?

A Florida CPA was sentenced in federal court in Boston for multiple counts of tax fraud and obstructing the Internal Revenue Code. Greg Takesian, 54, of Miami, Fla., was sentenced last Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to two years in prison and one year of supervised release, and was ordered to […]

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What are you really covered for and why a comprehensive definition of professional services is necessary for total firm protection?

by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM A recent podcast in Accounting Today highlighted the fact that CPA firms aren’t just merging with other CPA firms any more – they are looking to acquire practices in Human Resource, Information Technology, Cyber Security, Web Services, Marketing, Asset Management and financial planning.  The interesting presentation by Transition Advisors’ […]

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