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 […]
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 […]
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’ […]
How comprehensive is your coverage? Why a limitation in your professional liability policy for negligence only is a very bad idea.
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 […]
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 […]
We have received a number of inquiries from CPA firms asking about what advice they can give to clients to assist them to estsablish whether a client’s Personal Identifiable information has been compromise by the Equifax breach. The following is a draft of a communication that can be modified to fit the needs of your clients here. […]
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 […]
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 […]