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A new variation on Comfort letters – Third Party Verification Letter requests from Investment Professionals

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Comfort letters issued to lenders and mortgage companies have been a quite common practice for Tax Professionals.  Such letters are used to verify income for the purchase of a home or other asset.  The provision of comfort letters is relatively simple and merely require a review of tax return […]

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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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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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Mergers and Acquisitions – due diligence and the risk management process

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There has been a spate of firm consolidations in the past few years and the pace is unlikely to slow down. Retirements, business expansion, consolidation of practice areas or acquisition of a new specialty drive the reasons to merge firms together. Due diligence is essential in the evaluation of the firm.  Identifying issues before a […]

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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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Does your malpractice insurance cover you for criminal acts?

A Florida CPA was sentenced in federal court in Boston for multiple counts of tax fraud and obstructing the Internal Revenue Code. Greg Takesian, 54, of Miami, Fla., was sentenced last Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to two years in prison and one year of supervised release, and was ordered to […]

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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 To Minimize The Damage Of Lawsuits

by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM   Things Beyond Your Control That Precipitate Lawsuits With the advent of the computer era and information age, the cultural and business climate of the nation, and world, has shifted. Businesses have become more complicated, as attitudes sanction greater and greater risk-taking. No longer are there sure-fire lifetime jobs […]

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An overview of the client screening process

By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb, ARM Extracted from Evaluating Clients – Engagement risk screening for CPA firms. There are solid reasons for screening new clients.  Many involve not getting paid, exposure to lawsuits or even the stress related to difficult individuals.  Effective client screening can avoid these problems. Implementing a formal screening process is the […]

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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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