Seven Guidelines to Consider When Choosing
a Private Investigator

  1. You want to be sure that your case will be held in utmost confidence.
    • The investigator should voluntarily mention during your initial contact that everything you say is in confidence. Let him bring it up first, so that you know he is sensitive to the trust you are placing in him. A good investigator should put you at ease on this subject.
  2. Be sure that the investigator is familiar with the type of inquiry you need.
    • As in other professions, private investigators tend to specialize. Get him talking about his experience with your type of case, so you can feel he really knows what to do and how to do it.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for references.
    • Professionals in any discipline should be proud of the work they do and would want to provide references. Review the investigator’s website, as well. Most professional investigators have law firms as clients. A telephone call or two should give you all you need to make your decision.
  4. Professional private investigators are licensed and insured.
    • Nearly all 50 states require that private investigators be licensed. They must meet certain licensing requirements, which means their activities are controlled to protect you. A private investigator that maintains liability and business insurance exhibits good judgment…someone you want on your side.
  5. Look for someone who is experienced.
    • This is not the time for on-the-job training by your investigator! You need someone who is familiar with the law that applies in your case, as well as the procedures to get you the best result possible.
  6. You should ask in what professional associations the investigator holds memberships.
    • Memberships in state and national professional associations, such as The Florida Association of Licensed Investigators, The National Association of Legal Investigators or The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners assure that your investigator is serious and dedicated to his profession. Certifications are just another indication of a commitment to provide the best possible outcome for you.
  7. Finally, always ask and understand the financial arrangements.
    • Most private investigators work on a retainer basis, especially at first contact.. That is, an amount is decided upon in advance of the work to be performed and paid in advance. The amount is based upon the type and amount of investigation anticipated. The investigator’s hourly rate and all expenses are made clear before commencement. It is wise to set plateaus, so that you can stop and evaluate the work-to-date against the billing at that point. Then, you make the decision to go forward or stop the investigation. In any event, you should be in control of the expenditures. You should receive an accounting and any unused retainer should be returned to you, after the assignment is completed.

Obviously, no one can guarantee positive results in the field of investigation, but if you follow these guidelines you will have the best possible investigator on your case. Best of all, if the facts are there, you will prevail!

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