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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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Using the engagement letter to reduce cyber liability exposure

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By Nick Matarazzo In this digital age, accountants are being forced to deal with all sorts of cyber threats. A well-worded engagement letter can help guard you against a cyber-related liability claim from your client and minimize your overall firm liability. Even if you are careful about your clients’ data, you may still be held […]

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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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Fundamental Coverage Deficiency – delayed notice of claims

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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 […]

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Why Full Tort coverage is crucial for CPAs.

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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 […]

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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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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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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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