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