Trustee Red Flags and Best Practices

Many clients look to CPAs as the natural choice to fulfill the trustee role, manage the assets, and carry out client wishes. For CPAs good at managing and minimizing the unique risk attributes of a trustee role, trustee work can be satisfying and rewarding. On the other hand, if a CPA underestimates trusteeship risk, what may appear to be a safe and simple role can become a Pandora's box of sibling rivalries, aging parental battles, competing interests, disruptive lawsuits, and financial losses.

Protect Your Firm by Implementing Sound Billing and Collection Practices

Problems arising from billing and collections practices have often plagued CPA firms. But by taking a few basic steps, firms can avoid or manage such problems. Further, those same steps will help firms improve the quality of their practices, attract a better client base, generate more fees and improve cash flow. Many of those steps should begin in advance of a client engagement.

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  • 13 Sep

    Proactively Managing Fee and Collection Issues

    An effective way to avoid having a collection problem in the first place is to communicate with the client regarding your billing and collection policies, and to include stop-work or disengagement provisions, or both, in your engagement letter. Such provisions can then be enforced if the c... read more

  • 03 Sep

    What’s the Right Policy Limit for Your Firm?

    If one had to choose the question most frequently asked by CAMICO policyholders, the likely winner would be, "What should our policy limit be?"

    This is not an easy question to answer, which may explain why it is asked so often. Regardless of your level of expertise in C... read more

  • 21 Aug

    Preparing for the Next Recession

    Economic conditions historically have a significant impact on CPA professional liability claims. When the economy is doing well, and businesses are relatively flush with money, people are less likely to notice funds missing. Fraud therefore tends to flourish and go undetected in good times... read more

  • 10 Jul

    Trustee Red Flags and Best Practices

    Many clients look to CPAs as the natural choice to fulfill the trustee role, manage the assets, and carry out client wishes. For CPAs good at managing and minimizing the unique risk attributes of a trustee role, trustee work can be satisfying and rewarding. On the other hand, if a CPA unde... read more