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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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Is a Client’s Criminal Prosecution Foreseeable?

By Seth L. Laver, Michael P. Luongo and Sarah J. Delaney of Goldberg Segalla Guest bloggers from the law firm Goldberg Segalla posted the following which we thought is timely and pertinent: Professionals assume a duty of care to their clients.  Accordingly, professionals may be held liable for damages to clients that are proximately caused by […]

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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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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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Coverage for Theft of Clients’ Commercial Information.

by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. There has been a lot of publicity about hacking attacks on CPA firms.  Most recently, the big four CPA firms have been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised communications, documents and plans of some of their biggest clients. An article in The Guardian newspaper described an attack on […]

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Mergers and Acquisitions: Malpractice Risk Management

Due diligence is an essential part of the mergers and acquisitions evaluation process. It goes without saying that the partners of the acquiring firm have strong financial analytical skills but there are additional factors to be taken into consideration. Recognizing these elements during the due diligence process will reduce the risk of a malpractice claim […]

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Claims 5 – a risk management protocol

The prior knowledge limitation wording in a Claims Made professional liability policy means that if a member of your firm fails to notify an insurer of a claim or an incident that might reasonably be believed to give rise to a claim during the period of coverage, then the insurer can deny coverage. Early detection, […]

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Engagement letters – what should they contain

Every trial attorney will tell you that the first and most important tool in the defense of a malpractice claim against a CPA is a strong and carefully crafted engagement letter. This was brought home last week with one of our long-standing CPAGold™ clients. For years the CPA had provided corporate tax filing services to […]

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Claims 1: Where the rubber meets the road.

This is the first in a series of blog posting on the subject of claims.  The first article addresses the subject of what and when to notify a potential claim. An accountants’ professional liability policy is written on a claims made basis.  This means claims – or incidents that might give rise to a claim […]

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Evaluating Clients – Part Two – Assessing Potential Clients

A new prospective client is an exciting opportunity.  However, even if the prospect comes from a referral you need to get a complete understanding of the potential client’s business and have a chat with the former CPA. At the initial meetings you will want to promote your firm’s services but also find out what sort […]

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