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How To Select Private Investigation Services

Private investigations like tracking a person down, keeping an eye on someone’s activities, or learning some information are best left to private investigators. Your task is to select the best private investigator for your case from the multitude of choices given by search engines and the yellow pages. You want someone who can answer comfortably the following questions.

1. Will you keep my case in highest confidence?

On his own, the investigator should state during your first meeting that everything you say will be kept confidential. The assurance should come from him so you will know he is aware of the tremendous trust you are putting on him. A good investigator should make you comfortable talking about your case.
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2. What are your typical cases?
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Same as other professions, private investigators have specializations too. The investigator should be knowledgeable about cases similar to yours. See if you can get him to discuss in general terms your type of case so you can determine if he really knows its ins and outs.

3. May I ask for a list of references?

Professionals who have nothing to hide will have no problem providing a list of references. Calling a couple of names on the list can help you decide which investigator to hire. Review the website of the investigator, as well. You might see the list of law firms who had used his services.

4. Do you have license and insurance?

The private investigator should be able to provide his licensing number so you will know he passed his profession’s standards. Furthermore, you can approach the licensing body and ask for a list of complaints against the investigator, if any. A business and liability insurance is also essential to protect you and him from untoward incidents during the course of the investigation.

5. What is your experience as a private investigator?

You do not want your case to be part of the on-the-job training of your investigator. In your initial talk, do not forget to inquire how long the private investigator has been doing the exact task you want him to do. Your best chance is with someone who is knowledgeable about the laws related to your case, and the procedures that lead to a favorable outcome.

6. How much do you charge?

You should have a clear understanding of the investigator’s hourly rate and all other expenses. Job-related other expenses may include airline tickets and long-distance calls. There should be an accounting so the fees that are unused can be returned to you at the conclusion of a case.

Following these guideline, you will have the right private investigator working on your case.