Does failure to notify your insurer of a subpoena void your professional liability insurance coverage?
By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb We have frequently been contacted by members of the CPAGold™ program for assistance to respond to a subpoena, either for documents or for testimony. In fact, the CPAGold™ policy provides a specific coverage extension a follows: 1.2.2 Subpoena Expenses We will pay on your behalf Defense Expenses approved by […]
Both Accountants and Wealth Advisers are “professionals” for the purpose of the various statutes of limitations. This means that firms’ decisions concerning document retention and the purchase of an extended reporting period can be heavily influence by a firm’s State of domicile (or the States where a firm practices). The longest statute of limitation is […]
Outsourcing – malpractice risk management perils concerning subcontractor’s indemnification provisions.
by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. We have received several inquiries from CPAGold™ members about QBE’s coverage position when it comes to the use of sub-contractors for the provision of professional services to clients. The CPAGold™ policy is comprehensive and contains a broad definition of who is covered via DEFINITIONS 8,28 wherein its states: 8.28 […]
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 […]
This following is an article by guest blogger, Aaaron Lipson of FounderPro about the perils of buying coverage based upon price considerations alone. In the past we have spent much time blogging about quality of coverage. Even our competitors often focus upon coverage over costs (even when we can point to coverage flaws in their […]
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. […]
By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb This is the first of a series of 5 articles that together provide a good description of the underwriting process for accountants’ professional liability insurance and the coverage for CPA firms. ————————————————————— The insurance application is the primary document required by the insurer to “underwrite” a risk. This underwriting […]
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 […]