When the thought of considering hiring a private investigator you are already aware that there is a need for one. However, regardless of how emotional you are, it’s important to really consider all aspects of hiring a PI to assist you in your personal matters—especially if it involves court proceedings. Here are some tips to consider before you hire a professional private investigation company:
Look for the License
Private investigators need to have a license issued by the state they are doing business in. PI’s are not above the law and therefore should strictly adhere to a code of conduct, especially if there are special laws in a specific county or state. Always ask for their license to prove not only their credibility, but also of their experience and the validity of the services they offer.
In addition to the license, also seek out their proof of liability insurance. Given the nature of the work that they do, it may be inevitable for them to run into some trouble while working. Ask for their certificate of insurance to ensure that they’re covered every step of the way.
References and Proofs of Sample Work
It’s important to request their references, recommendations, and proof of past work. Experience is everything in this field and you deserve nothing less than exemplary and flawless execution that can truly deliver solid results, especially if you’re in the middle of such a delicate case like divorce or fraud. It would even be more beneficial if possible to get actual references from their past clients as well. However anonymity is key in most cases and may prevent you for past client contact.
Common Methods Employed
There are different methods that PIs use for surveillance. There are many grey areas in such methods and you have to make sure that the PI you’re about to hire abides by the law at all costs. The last thing you want to do is to lose a case altogether because of the method that your PI has used. Have a clear-cut conversation as to what actions they recommend for your case upon consultation to give you an idea of the scope of activities that will be done in your case.
Sign a Contract
In order to avoid any possible problems that may arise from you hiring a private investigator, be sure to ask for a solid and clear contract upon hiring them. Know what you’re hiring them for and what you expect in return. This will also prevent you from incurring hidden costs throughout the investigation by having your agreed terms printed in black and white.