How to respond to subpoenas

CPAs in receipt of a subpoena should consider the information in the client files, the recent communications with the client or any parties involved, and then contact their professional liability risk adviser or attorney before responding to the subpoena. CAMICO provides this consultation for our policyholders.

The following Q&A focuses on understanding the nature of subpoenas and how CPA firms can minimize their professional liability exposures when responding to them.

Top 5 Ways a CPA Can Invite a Malpractice Lawsuit

After more than 31 years of malpractice claims experience, CAMICO has developed a wealth of information about what causes disputes between CPAs and their clients, what leads to litigation, and how to avoid or minimize the damages from such conflicts. There are basic risk management steps that every firm can take to lower their exposures to risk, such as client and engagement screening, due diligence, documentation, due care, exercising skepticism, and being aware of the public standards for CPA services.

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