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 […]
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 […]
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 We recently received an inquiry from a CPAGold™ policyholder about whether there was coverage for subcontractors under the program. Simply speaking there is but only in regard to services performed on behalf of the Named Insured. While it is prudent and good risk management to verify that any subcontractors […]
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 […]
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 […]
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’ […]
by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. There has been a lot of publicity about hacking attacks on CPA firms. Most recently, the big four CPA firms have been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised communications, documents and plans of some of their biggest clients. An article in The Guardian newspaper described an attack on […]