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Accountants Liability - Positioning Your Firm for Success (Audit and Attest Services Focus)
NASBA FIELD OF STUDY
Regulatory Ethics
LEVEL
Basic
CPE CREDITS
Video Webcast: 4.0
Review risk management practices that can help mitigate the risk of an accounting professional liability claim. CNA policyholders may earn up to a 10% premium credit for three consecutive years on their AICPA Professional Liability Insurance.

Gather the team together and attend this webcast as a group. Each attendee will earn CPE Credit. Enter the number of attendees in the quantity box above.

Number of Attendees Non-Member Member

1 - 4

$199 $159

5 - 9

$179 $145

10 - 20

$169 $135

21 +

$159 $129

Your order confirmation will include an instruction document for group viewing and earning CPE credit (please review prior to the start of the event) and information on how to access the webcast.

CNA policy holders save 35% on the non-member price:

CNA policyholders pay a fee of $129 per attendee. CNA policyholder groups of 5 or more pay a fee of $115 per attendee. Contact your agent or broker for the promo code and enter it during checkout to receive the discounted rate.

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Product details

Key Topics

  • Claim data of the AICPA Professional Liability Insurance Program
  • Practice management:
    • Firm culture
    • Client acceptance and continuance
    • Engagement letters
    • Personnel management
    • Billing practices
    • Records requests
    • Client termination
    • Mergers, acquisitions, retirements and practice sales
    • Data security
    • Other practice management topics
  • Audit and attest services:
    • Claim causes of loss
    • Potential plaintiffs
    • Risk management practices
  • Client accounting services

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how quality control practices are the foundations for professional liability risk management.
  • Learn ways to strengthen this foundation to improve performance,
  • Be aware of claim data by area of practice and understand implications for the firm.
  • Recognize risk exposures by area of practice and learn risk management strategies to improve service delivery and mitigate risk.

How do you view professional liability risk management? An administrative burden? A draw on firm resources? What if you viewed risk management in a different light? Strong risk management practices can help establish a solid foundation for your firm and position it for growth and business success.

Join the AICPA and CNA, the endorsed underwriter for the AICPA Professional Liability Insurance Program, for a panel discussion about professional liability exposures arising from the delivery of audit and attest services. This interactive webcast will provide you with risk management practices that, when implemented, can help mitigate the risk of an accounting professional liability claim and may also help improve business performance.

In addition to earning CPE credit, CNA policyholders may earn up to a 10% premium credit for three consecutive years on their AICPA Professional Liability Insurance policy. Please consult your agent for further details regarding eligibility.

Please Note: Professional liability premium discounts will only be applied for viewing this webcast once. Multiple viewings will not result in the application of multiple discounts.

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If you opted for the CPE version of the webcast, then: YES. After the webcast is completed and you have selected all of the qualifying attendance checks, you will have the ability to print/download your CPE certificate. There are a number of ways to access your certificate.

  • At the end of the event, while still logged in, you can click the CPE icon at the bottom of the event player, which will launch a pop-up window containing your certificate.
  • If you do not click the CPE icon while in the presentation, you will have subsequent opportunities to download and print it. A post event email will be sent to the email address the event was registered under with a direct link to your certificate, as well as, access to the archive where you can again click the CPE icon.
  • If you have an AICPA/CPA.com store ID, you will also be able to access your certificate from your My Accounts section. If you opted for the NO CPE version of the webcast, then you will not be able to receive a certificate of completion.

NOTE: If you attended the CPE eligible webcast event, but did not click all the required attendance checks, qualifying you for CPE credit, you will NOT be able to use the archive of the event to then qualify for CPE. As a reminder CPE credit cannot be given for watching the archived version of the webcast due to NASBA guidelines.


Yes. All registrants of our webcasts get access to the archive after the event is over. The archive is typically available 24 hours after the event ends and online for 3 months. The same link you receive for accessing the live event can be used for accessing the archive. CPE credit will only be given if you attend the original, live webcast. Credit cannot be given for watching the archive version of any AICPA webcast, due to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) guidelines issued for CPE.

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You can find more information on the following AICPA Store web page: Important Information on Your CPE Credit.

Yes, you can log in during any portion of the webcast. Please note, however if you do not respond to the required amount of attendance checks, which are randomly distributed throughout the event, you will not qualify to receive your CPE certificate.

You may substitute your registration with another webcast of equal or lesser value if the request is received up to a day prior to the webcast. Refunds, less 50 percent administrative fee, will be issued if cancellation requests are received up to a day prior to webcast. No refunds or substitutions will be issued if cancellation requests are received during the webcast or after the webcast completion. For further information, call the AICPA Service Center at 888-777-7077 or send an email to service@aicpa.org.

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When a multi-seat group purchase is made, participants will all sit in one room and watch the course together.

After the group purchase is made, the purchaser will receive an email which provides them a direct link to the course. They should use this direct link to access the course.

For those participants sitting together as a group, using a single computer, the person who makes the PURCHASE must be the person logged into the event in order for everyone to receive CPE credit. As the attendance checks are presented on the screen the person logged in must answer them. If all the required checks have been met at the end of the event, the person logged in will click the CPE icon and a form will be provided, so that they can enter each participant who was sitting in the room with them. Once the form is fill out with all the users names/email addresses, then all certificates will be generated for saving/printing.

So what does this mean for my CPE certificate?

If you attended in a group, then the person who is logged in is responsible for responding to the attendance checks. After the event is over and the person logged in selects the CPE icon, they will be required to fill in the name, email and STORE ID of each person sitting in the room. This is why those individuals must have previously registered. Without a valid store ID, the attendee will NOT be able to access their CPE certificate from the MY ACCOUNT option after the event.

Ratings and reviews
Speaker bio

Howard H. Fine, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA
Partner, Gettry Marcus CPA, P.C.

Howard H. Fine, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, a Partner at Gettry Marcus CPA, P.C., has over 30 years of experience providing accounting, auditing, and tax services to middle market closely-held businesses. He is the Partner-in-charge of Gettry Marcus’ Accounting & Auditing Group. Mr. Fine has extensive experience in diversified industries such as professional service firms, wholesale distribution, employee benefit plans, manufacturing, health care, retail, hospitality, apparel and textile, and not-for-profit organizations. He works with clients at various stages of the business cycle to supply them with the appropriate financial information they require, including proactive reporting packages, key ratios and benchmarking, as well as budgeted information and forecasts. He also specializes in conducting internal control reviews. Mr. Fine is also the Partner-in-Charge of Gettry Marcus’ Employee Benefit Plan Audit Group, and is the firm’s designated Partner for the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Additionally, he is a key member of Gettry Marcus’ Business Valuation and Litigation Support Group, providing services to law firms and other organizations, and serves as the firm’s Partner liaison to TGS Global, a worldwide network of independent accounting firms. A graduate of SUNY at Binghamton, Mr. Fine is a member of the AICPA, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. Mr. Fine is actively involved in the NYSSCPA; in 2007, he was elected to and served through May 2014, on the Executive Board of the Nassau County Chapter and he also co-chairs the Sponsorship Committee which is instrumental in raising funds to support Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs and college scholarships. He is past Chairman of the Litigation Support Services Committee Nassau Chapter and the Cooperation with Bankers and other Credit Grantors Committee Suffolk Chapter of the NYSSCPA. Additionally, he is an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Mr. Fine is chairman of Gettry Marcus’ Quality Control Committee, where he oversees internal reviews and provides CPE on various accounting and auditing issues, including current updates to Gettry Marcus partners and staff. In addition, he has lectured to various groups such as accountants, attorneys, business owners and professional networking groups on “Hands-On Guide To Auditing”, “Audits of 401(k) Plans”, “Understanding and Uses of Financial Statements”, “Steps in Starting a Business”, “Understanding the AICPA Statement on Standards for Valuation Services”, “Business Valuations & Litigation Support”, “Forensic Accounting & Business Valuation for Matrimonial Dissolutions”, and “Protecting Your Business from Fraud”.

He has written “Guarding Against Theft: Comprehensive Internal Controls”, School Business Affairs; “Internal Controls for a Law Firm,” NYSSCPA Nassau Chapter Newsletter; “Tighten Up the Money Controls Throughout the Office,” Law Office Administrator and co-authored the chapter “Accounting and Tax Policies as They Relate to Intellectual Property” in the book Intellectual Property Operations and Implementation in the 21st Century Corporation. Mr. Fine received the Long Island Business News’ 2013 “Around 50 Award” which recognizes and honors individuals for their leadership in business, support of professional and not-for-profit organizations and a commitment to the needs of the local community. He was also featured in the Who’s Who in Accounting & Auditing of Long Island Business News.

Mr. Fine donates his time to his profession and community through his participation in various organizations. He regularly lectures on financial literacy issues and is on the Committee of the Capital One Investing for Good Long Island Community Initiative: Financial Literacy Challenge. In addition, Mr. Fine is a volunteer at Sunrise Day Camp, the only dedicated full summer day camp in the nation for children with cancer and their siblings.

Sarah B. Ference, CPA
Risk Control Director
Accountants Professional Liability
Continental Casualty Company - CNA

Sarah is a Risk Control Director for the Accountants Professional Liability Insurance Program of Continental Casualty Company, a CNA company and the underwriter of the AICPA Professional Liability Insurance Program. She previously practiced public accounting for 15 years with a national public accounting firm.

Experience
As a director with a national public accounting firm, Sarah provided external audit, risk management and internal control advisory services to clients in several industries including but not limited to banking, insurance, professional services, food and beverage, public sector and healthcare.

Sarah currently provides risk control consulting services for CPA firms in the AICPA program. She participates in the development and delivery of risk management training and education products including live risk management seminars, webinars, and self-study programs. She has also authored numerous risk management articles for the Journal of Accountancy.

Education and Credentials
Drake University, BSBA
Certified Public Accountant, licensed in IL and IA

Professional Affiliations
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member of the Illinois CPA Society

Nick Magone, NJ CPA, CGMA, CFP®
Managing Partner at Magone & Company, P.C.

NJ CPA Nick Magone lends a global view based on his 25 years of audit and business advisory experience to clients' business and personal needs. His clients include a variety of U.S.-based foreign companies in industries from professional services to technology and distribution, as well as closely -held U.S. businesses -- the heart of his practice.

Magone serves as a speaker for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Business Solutions Workshop, "Delivering on Your Trusted Advisor Status", having delivered the workshop to the Rhode Island Society of CPAs, Minnesota Society of CPAs and the New Jersey Society of CPAs, where his expertise in practice and client management issues provides practioners with concrete examples of how he has handled various practice management challenges. 

He has also appeared on the AICPA's National webcast Accountants’ Liability: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished. His presentation covered topics ranging from client privacy and data security to conflicts of interest, engagement management, investment advice claims, and fiduciary and valuation services. Magone has also authored a Case Study on Key Considerations in Paperless Processes published in the AICPA's September/October 2007 issue of InfoTech Update.

A past chair for the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) Government Accounting and Auditing Committee's non-profit sub-committee, Nick is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and New York, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, a New Jersey Public School Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner. 

He is a graduate of Seton Hall University, where he currently serves on the University's Presidential and Accounting Advisory Committees. Nick also speaks Italian.


Jennifer Howard Elder, CPA, MS, CMA, CIA, CFF, CGMA
Pasadena, MD

Jennifer Elder specializes in making the financially complicated simple, awesomely simple. She has seen all sides of the accounting profession starting in public accounting, was an Accounting Department Chair, and CFO in the private sector. She has worked in manufacturing and distribution, residential construction and development, software development, and angel investing. She is also involved in non-profits, sitting on the Board of Directors of Rude Ranch Animal Rescue.

Jennifer is currently President of The Sustainable CFO, helping business owners, executives, and CPAs enhance their success skills and find that elusive work-life balance. She also assists businesses in developing a strategy for integrating sustainability into strategic plans and day-to-day operations. In addition, Jennifer teaches finance at Antioch University New England, is a trainer with the AICPA and Business Learning Institute, and is a contributing writer for TriplePundit.

When it comes to instruction, Jennifer believes that in order for training to be effective it must be: approachable, applicable, interactive, and interesting. She focuses on finding the essence of a topic, explaining so that it can be understood at all levels, illustrates with real-life examples, creates opportunities to apply the knowledge, and does it with an infectious enthusiasm. Her goal is to ensure that everyone walks away with something they can use and apply immediately.

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CREDIT INFO
CPE credits
Video Webcast
: 4.0
NASBA Field of Study
Regulatory Ethics
Level
Basic
Prerequisites
None
ADVANCE PREPARATION
None
Delivery Method
Group Internet Based
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