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Professional Liability for CPAs – Understanding your coverage – Part IV – Exclusions

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  AKA what’s not covered…. By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Whereas the coverage grant provides affirmative coverage, the exclusions take coverage away. If an activity is listed in the exclusions section of the policy, you do not have any coverage, no matter what the other sections of the policy state. It is the absolute […]

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Minimizing the risk of malpractice claims from lateral hires

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Many accounting firms have aggressive plans to build their practices and expand the range of services available to clients.   Growth strategy is often comprises of several elements: Organic growth is the simplest and arises from marketing, business and employee development and cross selling services to clients. Mergers and acquisition […]

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Professional Liability for CPAs – Understanding your coverage – Part III – the coverage grant

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Each insurer’s policy is arranged differently, and the items listed above can be located in different places and with different headings in each policy. However, by reading the explanations below, you should be able to locate them no matter where they are found within a policy. 1.  Coverage Agreements […]

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Gotcha! Three cyber policy traps to look out for (and a postcript to the CCH hack)

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The following is an article published by CFC Underwriting, a leading cyber insurer based in London. The original article appears here. ——————————————————————————————————————— Cyber insurance is projected to experience major growth in the years ahead and new insurers are regularly entering the market. While this is creating greater competition and providing more choice for customers, some insurers […]

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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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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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