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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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Equifax breach settlement

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. You may recall that in September 2017 we reported on the data breach suffered by the national credit reporting agency.  Go here for the article. According to Reuters — Credit reporting company Equifax Inc. will pay up to $700 million to settle U.S. federal and state probes into a […]

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Professional Liability for CPAs Understanding your coverage – Part II – the declarations page

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb The Declarations Page The declarations page summarizes the coverage in an easy to read one or two page document.  It comprises: The preamble: Usually this is a statement about the basis of coverage which reiterates the wording that appears on the application and in the preamble of the policy.  […]

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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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Private Company Management Liability Claims

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb We recently developed and filed a new endorsement for the CPAGold™ program which add coverage for Management Liability (otherwise known as Directors’ and Officers’ liability) claims.  Coverage is subject to a specific application and provides for defense and indemnification for a variety of scenarios arising from the management of […]

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Data Breach and Insider Trading

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CPAs practicing in mergers and acquisitions are familiar with the sensitive nature of their work and the potential for abuse of the information obtained. In addition to the conflict of interest created by trading on that information themselves, they must take extensive precautions to ensure that they do not allow that information to slip to […]

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Limiting Malpractice through Scope of Engagement

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by guest bloggers Jennifer H. Feldscher and Seth L. Laver. A recent NY Appellate Division decision serves as another reminder of the importance of carefully defining the scope of engagement in an engagement letter. This is because, under New York law, an attorney may not be held liable for failing to act outside the scope […]

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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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What is an Extended Reporting Period?

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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 […]

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