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  • October 4
  • 1:00 - 2:40 pm EST

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Modifying Boilerplate Engagement Letters

October 4

Learn to craft an engagement letter that builds the foundation of the accountant-client relationship.

The engagement letter is the foundation of the professional relationship between tax professionals and their clients. Many tax professionals ignore the importance of the engagement letter and its impact on the accountant-client relationship. With more and more lawsuits arising against professional service providers and their firms, accounting firms and bookkeeping and tax service providers need to take proactive steps to limit their legal liability. One of the best places to start is at the beginning – with the engagement letter. This presentation will help professionals craft an engagement letter that: (1) defines the scope of the relationship between the professional and the client, providing security to both the professional and the client; (2) sets expectations early on in the relationship; (3) prevents future misunderstanding; (4) limits future liability; and (5) allows the professional to disengage if the relationship needs to be terminated.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to describe the need for an engagement letter.
  • You will be able to discuss the importance of preparing a specific engagement letter at the beginning of each client relationship.
  • You will be able to identify problematic areas in engagement letters.
  • You will be able to review your own firm’s engagement letter and revise it as necessary.

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Agenda

Essential Terms of the Engagement Letter
  • Letter Define Client/Non-Client/Legal Authorization to Sign
  • Scope of Services
  • Terms of Compensation
  • Confidentiality/Protection of Client Data
  • Work Papers/Client Records
  • Document Retention/Destruction Policy
Business Risk Allocation
  • Limitation of Liability
  • Indemnification
  • Dispute Resolution
Disengagement
  • Reasons to Disengage
  • The Disengagement Letter
  • Transition to a New Service Provider
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  • AIPB 2.0
     
  • This program is acceptable for 2.0 CPEC(s) towards the CB designation through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).
     
  • AK CLE 1.5
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.5 hours of continuing legal education for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.7
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.7 hours credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.5 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.5
     
  • The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.5 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.5
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.5
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.5 CLE credit(s).
     
  • GA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.5
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • IL CLE 1.5
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.5 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board.
     
  • IN CLE 1.7
     
  • This program has been approved by the Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Participating attorneys are eligible to receive up to 1.7 hours of Distance Education credit.
     
  • MO CLE 2.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Missouri Bar for 2.0 hours of CLE.
     
  • MS CLE 1.7 (Pending)
     
  • This program has been submitted to the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Approval pending.
     
  • NC CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • ND CLE 1.75
     
  • This program has been reviewed by the North Dakota Commission for Continuing Legal Education and approved for 1.75 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.6
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). Program Length: 95 Minutes.
     
  • NJ CLE 2.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2.0 hours of total CLE credit.
     
  • NM CLE 1.6
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.6 hours of credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.5 CLE hours.
     
  • NY CLE 2.0 including Areas of Professional Practice 2
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 2.0 credit hours in the area(s) of Areas of Professional Practice for 2.00 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OH CLE 1.75
     
  • This course has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.75 CLE credit hours. Please note: In order to receive OH CLE credit for this audio conference you MUST use the streaming option and enable and complete the required progress checks. This course is considered Self-Study. No more than twelve (12) hours of self-study CLE credit for any biennial reporting period may be earned by an Attorney or Judge under Regulation 409.2.
     
  • PA CLE 1.5
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 2.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 2.0 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.67
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.67 hours of credit.
     
  • VA CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 CLE credit hours.
     
  • VT CLE 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     
  • WI CLE 2.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 2.0 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement.
     
  • WV MCLE 2.0
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 2.0 MCLE hours.
     
  • CPE 2.0 including Management Services 2
     
  • Lorman Education Services is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our offices at 866-352-9539. CPE Credit: Maximum Credit Hours: 2.0 each session (based on a 50 minute credit hour). You must attend at least 50 minutes to obtain credit. Field of Study: Management Services for 2.0 hours. Prerequisite: . Level of Knowledge: Intermediate. Teaching Method: Seminar/Lecture. Advance Preparation: None. Delivery Method: Group Internet Based. Please refer to the information in this brochure for outline, course content and objectives. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Final approval of a course for CPE credit belongs with each state's regulatory board. Please note: In order to receive CPE credit for this course you MUST use the streaming audio option, as well as enable and complete the required progress checks.
     

OnDemand Course

This course was last revised on July 19, 2012.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

Who should attend?

This live webinar is designed for accountants, CPAs, attorneys, controllers, CFOs, tax managers, finance directors, accounts payable professionals, and bookkeepers.

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Faculty

Patrick J. Cosgrove

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP

  • Litigation Partner based in Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP’s Philadelphia office
  • Experienced civil litigator with a focus on defending professionals in accounting and legal malpractice actions
  • Practice is devoted to the representation of national, regional and local accounting firms in a variety of tort claims, including malpractice, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and unfair and deceptive act claims
  • Has spoken nationwide on issues facing clients regarding their engagement letters, document retention, and destruction policies
  • Author of any publications related to the areas of your practice area
  • Admitted to the Bar in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York
  • J.D. degree, Rutgers Law School; B.A. degree, University of Notre Dame
  • [email protected]/ 215-279-8081
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