Attorneys require facts and evidence in order to win each case, no matter what the case may be about. That evidence may not always be obvious or easy to obtain, so when an attorney needs help acquiring it, hiring a private investigator can be the best option. There are actually numerous things a legal investigator can do to help gather information. Here are 10 helpful services you might want to consider next time you need more evidence to build or support a case:
- Locating Persons
Professional investigators are trained to research legal identity and locate people. A common reason that an attorney might need this would be for the serving of a summons in an estate, tort litigation case or criminal proceeding.
- Locating Assets
Another area private investigators specialize in is locating assets. Private investigators are able to research the location of real property and personal property assets such as businesses, bank accounts, safe deposit boxes or offshore bank accounts without a court order or permission from an account holder.
Leveraged negotiations require intelligence. Investigators can glean intelligence to contribute to litigation proceedings or merger and acquisition deals.
- Enforcement of Judgment
The enforcement of remedies in a tort case can sometime require the tracing of a defendant’s assets. A private investigator can often locate records or other evidence of a transfer of property to third parties.
- Undisclosed Parties
The investigation of corporations or other organizations having a duty of reasonable standard of care may be important to substantiating liability.
The monitoring or surveillance of an individual may contribute to the collection of evidence. Private investigators monitor an individual on behalf of an attorney for insights into an opponent’s conduct, history and habits.
- Litigation Preparation
Preparation for a deposition or testimony for court may include detailed records of a witness or defendant’s background, conduct and current circumstances. A private investigator offers valuable information for support of a case at a preliminary hearing or trial.
- Electronic Evidence
The increased use of electronic evidence in the courts promotes an emphasis on digital records in private investigative services. Former adversarial matters or investigations in electronic form are generally of institutional or official nature and include details about a subject’s former or existing public or legal identity.
- Intellectual Property
Patent registration and enforcement leaves a paper trail. A private investigator can be used for identity management to protect intellectual property, copyrights and trademarked products from counterfeiting or other improper use.
- Historical Reconstruction
If needed, a PI may use historical reconstruction to frame an event or family history. They combine documents, facts and testimony for the resolution of a legal matter.
No matter what service you may need in order to build your case, we can help. We offer even more legal services than the ones detailed above. If you already know what you need, don’t hesitate to fill out a request for investigation so we can get started right away.