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Using Indemnification Clauses to protect your firm

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb All CPAs know that a signed engagement letter is a crucial tool in the defense of a professional negligence lawsuit. The engagement letter memorializes the terms of the engagement, details what services you are performing and more importantly, the services you are NOT offering (i.e. you will not detect […]

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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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Early Notice to insurers and claims mitigation has many benefits

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. From a purely risk management perspective, bringing your insurer into the claims process is extremely prudent and can save you a lot of money.  The following outlines reasons why you should contact your malpractice insurer or insurance agent:  Reporting a potential claim enables your malpractice insurer to work on […]

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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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Your Malpractice Insurance Policy May Not Cover You for Fraudulent Wire Transfers

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM Back in July 2017 we posted a blog about a protocol to minimize the possibility of a social engineering claim (Go here for the posting). This topic has become of interest to CPAs as the number of spoofing claims has increased.  A recent posting on the KnowBe4 website (go here […]

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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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How Long Is Too Long to Wait for Malpractice Actions?

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By Seth L. Laver, Andrew P. Carroll and Sean P. Beiter  of Goldberg Segalla Guest bloggers from the law firm Goldberg Segalla posted the following which we thought is timely and pertinent: One of the most common problems facing a would-be plaintiff considering a malpractice case is when to file suit. Similarly, those that defend professionals […]

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When to disengage

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM Suspending services to a client can be fraught with problems and if not handled carefully could result in a malpractice lawsuit.  The following scenarios may be the most obvious signs that it is time for you and your client to go your separate ways. Unresponsive or evasive clients If […]

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How comprehensive is your coverage? Why a limitation in your professional liability policy for negligence only is a very bad idea.

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM Recently one of our competitors relaunched and rebranded its accountants’ professional liability program. The new program was promoted as broader coverage and an enhancement upon the previously terminated program.  There were various “bells and whistles” added to the program but one important feature was conspicuously overlooked and omitted from […]

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