Responding to Subpoenas and Summonses: An Accountant's Guide for Understanding & Response

A claim of malpractice is not the only exposure faced by accounting firms. The nature of accounting services creates several scenarios where accounting firms are consistently engaged with the judicial system because of the lawsuits and investigations that confront their clients.

The intent of this paper is to:

  • Distinguish between "simple" and "complex" subpoenas.
  • Provide a framework to understand the subpoena process and create an appropriate internal process for response.
  • Identify "Complicating Factors" that may impact the response process.
  • Understand when to retain counsel, and when a subpoena is likely to evolve into a claim.

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