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The future of privacy starts in California

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb You may recall the recent blog postings in connection with the CCPA in California: http://cpagold.com/2018/11/consent-armageddon-is-coming/ http://cpagold.com/2018/11/are-new-statutory-claims-covered-by-your-cyber-policy/ http://cpagold.com/2018/11/california-privacy-laws-gdpr-ii/ The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 ["CCPA"] is effective Jan. 1, 2019  will give Golden State residents the right to find out what a company knows about them and get it […]

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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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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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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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Up in Smoke II – What’s happening in Banking?

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Although not directly connected to the practice of accounting it is useful to know what is happening in other industries. In this case in particular, we are talking about the highly controversial cannabis business. Big Tobacco and the brewing industry are watching with great interest developments at the Department […]

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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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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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New Media Communication and Professional Liability Insurance

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM Last week we received an inquiry from a CPAGold™ member firm regarding text messaging with clients. After discussions with Ralph Picardi the risk consultant for the CPAGold™ program and outside counsel, the consensus was use of texts to communicate with clients is not effective risk management practice. The problem […]

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