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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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How Long Is Too Long to Wait for Malpractice Actions?

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By Seth L. Laver, Andrew P. Carroll and Sean P. Beiter  of Goldberg Segalla Guest bloggers from the law firm Goldberg Segalla posted the following which we thought is timely and pertinent: One of the most common problems facing a would-be plaintiff considering a malpractice case is when to file suit. Similarly, those that defend professionals […]

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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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Example IRS Circular 230 Email Disclaimer

A client recently requested an appropriate disclaimer for email communications. Ralph Picardi, risk management consultant to CPAGold™, suggested the following clause.  This is a repeat of our earlier posting here but worth restating. Example IRS Circular 230 Email Disclaimer (Following 2014 Revisions to Treasury Regulations) This example email disclaimer is intended solely for general educational […]

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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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Trade Errors – Is Your Wealth Management Practice Covered?

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM We received an enquiry recently from a firm that was reviewing their compliance standards. The compliance process required the firm ensure that there was a particular form of errors and omissions in place, either through the firm’s professional liability program or as a separate investment professionals’ policy. This coverage […]

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Malpractice coverage for retirees

What happens to your exposure for past acts when you cease practicing? Over the past years we have often received inquiries from clients that are considering retirement and are concerned about residual prior acts exposure.  No-one wants to have their golden years disturbed by an ugly, uninsured malpractice lawsuit.  Before packing the golf clubs or […]

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Put it in writing – Guidelines for file documentation

Documentation can help you avoid, or at least minimize, professional liability claims. It helps improve communication between your clients and staff. Documentation also provides value-added service to clients, while creating potential new services. Certain engagements tend to increase client perception problems because the scope and areas of responsibility are unclear. Documentation is absolutely vital in […]

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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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