Accounting Malpractice Attorneys
Seeking Fair Restitution for Victims of Professional Negligence
Like all professionals, accountants are held to certain standards of care. When they fail to uphold these standards, resulting in financial injury and other harm, they can be held legally responsible. Accountants who engage inprofessional negligence can be made to pay for victims’ resulting damages, including economic losses, actual damages, attorney fees, and court costs.
If you were harmed as a result of accounting malpractice, turn to the team at Potts Law Firm. Our accounting malpractice attorneys represent individual and business clients who have suffered significant losses due to accounting errors, negligence, and misconduct. We understand the complex nature of these claims and have the resources needed to effectively advocate for you and your rights.
Contact us online or by phone at (888) 420-1299 to request a complimentary consultation and case review with a member of our team.
What Is Accounting Malpractice?
Accountants are professionals who provide a wide range of financial advice and services, including auditing, bookkeeping, and tax preparation. Financial accounting involves the preparation of various financial documents and statements used by businesses to demonstrate financial performance to outside interested parties, such as investors, customers, or creditors. Managerial accounting, on the other hand, entails internal financial analysis for both businesses and individuals for the purpose of financial planning.
Regardless of the type of accounting an accountant engages in, they must adhere to strict professional standards. Any deviation from these standards that results in injury, financial loss, or any other type of harm could constitute accounting malpractice.
To prove an accounting malpractice claim, you must typically prove each of the following elements:
- Duty of Care: You must establish that the accountant owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a professional responsibility to you to provide a level of service that met the generally accepted standards of service for the profession.
- Breach: You must also prove that the accountant breached the duty of care by failing to uphold the accepted standards of care. This means that the accountant either did something another qualified professional would not have done or failed to do something another qualified professional would have done in the same or similar circumstances.
- Injury and Damages: You will also need to demonstrate that you suffered an injury (usually financial) and/or damages related to the accountant’s failure to uphold the standards of service. Damages can include things like loss of funds, loss of income, etc.
- Causation: Lastly, you must prove that the accountant’s failure to uphold the standards of service for the profession was the proximate cause of your injury and/or damages.
Proving an accounting malpractice or negligence case nearly always requires the testimony of expert witnesses, along with considerable evidence supporting your claim. We strongly recommend that you work with a knowledgeable legal professional, like those at Potts Law Firm.
What Are the “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles?”
Financial accountants must adhere to what are known as “generally accepted accounting principles,” or GAAP. These principles are designed to promote fair and transparent reporting, as well as inter-industry consistency.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) established the standards, procedures, and rules that make up GAAP, which are primarily used in the United States. Other jurisdictions typically follow the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which are more principle-based than the rules-based GAAP.
Examples of Accounting Malpractice
Accounting malpractice occurs any time an accountant or accounting agency fails to uphold applicable standards and rules, including GAAP.
Some specific examples of accounting malpractice include:
- Providing inaccurate tax advice
- Tax return errors
- Giving incorrect reports to partners or stockholders
- Failure to audit financial statements
- Manipulating financial statements
- Aiding illicit activity, such as embezzlement or fraud
- Assisting in tax evasion
- Accounts payable and receivable errors
- Inventory errors
- Providing faulty investment advice
- License fraud
- Conflicts of interest
- Improper record and financial information maintenance
At Potts Law Firm, we assist clients who have been harmed by all types of accounting malpractice, including the examples listed above and others. Our legal team has extensive experience in this complex area of law and knows how to protect your rights while fighting for the fair recovery you are owed.
When to Hire an Accounting Malpractice Attorney
If you believe that you have been the victim of accounting malpractice or misconduct, you should seek the counsel of a skilled attorney right away. The sooner you involve a lawyer, the sooner they can begin protecting your rights and advocating for your best interests.
Our firm moves fast on these cases. We utilize our extensive access to industry experts to obtain expert testimony for our clients and provide critical evidence for their claims. We do not hesitate to seek justice on behalf of those who have suffered significant harm due to the negligent and wrongful conduct of trusted professionals. As your legal team, we are prepared to fight tirelessly for you.
Reach out to our team today to learn how we can help you with your accounting malpractice claim; call (888) 420-1299 or contact us online to get started.
You can rely on our accounting malpractice attorneys to keep your best interests at the forefront of your case. As your legal team, we will be there to guide you through the process from start to finish. We work collaboratively with our clients to ensure that their voices are heard.
At Potts Law Firm, we genuinely care about the people we serve. Our trial lawyers have extensive legal experience and a long track record of success, including over $1 billion in total compensation recovered for our clients. With multiple office locations, we proudly serve clients nationwide.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
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