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Hiring A Good Private Investigation Agency

Aug 17, 2007
Either you are looking for an old friend or what to find out if your spouse is cheating or just need to check out an employee or tenant, a private investigation agency could help you. There are a lot of agencies on the market and finding a good one should be your top priority. So, just read further if you want to know where to look and what should you ask.

Where to look

Fist in finding a good private investigation agency is to ask your friends, lawyer or business associates for a referral. Word of mouth gives you the opportunity to ask specific questions to your needs and gives you the inside scoop. Check investigator associations that have web sites and hat post their membership directory.

There are multiple national private investigation organizations that refer investigators; for example The National Association of Investigative Specialists. You can check your state's legal organizations such as American Trial Lawyer's Association affiliates or the state defense bar because they have a directory of recommended investigators.

Insurance companies use private investigation agencies constantly so these can be an excellent resource, especially if you need surveillance and background checks. Speak to a claims representative and with a few inquiries you will find out the investigators your insurance company uses and this is a good referral.

Check Yellow Pages and Internet for private investigator listings. Ask for references and check if the private investigation agency is licensed. Also ask if the private investigator has courtroom experience if you're going before a jury and judge. Some investigators do not know the laws and during an investigation they will end up doing something illegal which causes you problems.

What should I ask?

Decide what's in your budget before you speak to a private investigator and when you speak to him or she ask about the outcome of that type of work you are seeking. You would also want to see examples of reports they've done for similar cases.

While speaking to the investigator, gauge your comfort level. After the investigation begins good communication will be critical. Also, your investigator may have other ideas that are worthy of exploration, so be open minded!

Sometimes you will be asked to pay a retainer up front so be ready to do this. But if a private investigation agency doesn't ask for one doesn't mean they are better at what they do.

Remember that a good private investigation agency can be your best resource!
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Christopher Buckley is owner of one of the internet's largest private investigator resources.
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