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Conservation Easements – the next wave of malpractice claims against accountants and tax preparers?

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By Ralph Picardi, Esq. and Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. Because of a recent uptick in enforcement actions by the Internal Revenue Service, accountants’ professional liability insurers are beginning to pay attention to the potential of claims arising from the sale of these alternative investment products. They are a type of tax shelter which is […]

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Does failure to notify your insurer of a subpoena void your professional liability insurance coverage?

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb We have frequently been contacted by members of the CPAGold™ program for assistance to respond to a subpoena, either for documents or for testimony. In fact, the CPAGold™ policy provides a specific coverage extension a follows: 1.2.2     Subpoena Expenses We will pay on your behalf Defense Expenses approved by […]

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The Statute of Limitations in Professional Malpractice

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Both Accountants and Wealth Advisers are “professionals” for the purpose of the various statutes of limitations. This means that firms’ decisions concerning document retention and the purchase of an extended reporting period can be heavily influence by a firm’s State of domicile (or the States where a firm practices).  The longest statute of limitation is […]

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UP IN SMOKE IV – A Bill to end marijuana prohibition in the U.S. passes key committee

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Late last month a congressional committee approved a piece of legislation to end marijuana prohibition in the United States. According to a press release, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act, better known as The MORE Act (HR 3884), would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and impose a minor excise tax on the […]

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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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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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How to Make a Professional Liability Insurance Claim in Six Easy Steps

Making a professional liability insurance claim is a straightforward process. Usually, you have to: Contact your insurer or agent. Read your policy. Confer with your agent. Gather records and document all communications with your client. Dissatisfied clients sue.  It’s a fact of business.  Claims can arise for a variety of reasons, some justified, some not.  […]

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Who handles my claim at QBE?

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We’ve had some really positive feedback about the excellent claims specialists at QBE. Fast, efficient and expert are some of the admiring words we’ve heard. But who are the good folks and what do they look like? I asked the guys to give us a quick bio and photograph so if you ever need to […]

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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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