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Hiring a Private Investigator

Hiring a private investigator might not be something you do every day, but it is important to recognize the situations when you should give it serious thought. To the contrary of what TV shows and detective stories would like you to believe, PIs can do a lot more for you than look for murderers, blackmailers or jewel thieves. For instance, private investigators have access to proprietary databases you might either not know how to use efficiently or simply cannot locate on your own. In fact, they can also be very helpful in both your private and business affairs.

Private Investigator for Business

You simply cannot be careful enough when it comes to a business investment, so it is a good idea to have a PI gather information on a new opportunity you are considering or a new potential business partner. Furthermore, private investigators can also successfully investigate insurance fraud, which will protect your company from unnecessary expenses. Perhaps you are getting ready for an important partnership and you want to know what others in the business community can find out about your firm. In order to protect your livelihood, you may also wish to have a complete background check done on a new CEO or financial director you wish to hire before you divulge information on your company’s most valuable assets to them.

Private Investigator for Personal reasons

Having a PI complete a sensitive investigation for you in your personal life can also mean the difference between good and disastrous decisions. For example, you might wish to track down a lost relative such as biological parents or siblings for health reasons or to ensure your family’s inheritance. Perhaps you are in the middle of a difficult divorce and want to know whether your spouse is hiding valuable assets from you. In complicated child custody cases a PI can ascertain when visitation rules are not followed as well as find evidence for cases of child endangerment. Similar to business situations, PIs can gather background information on your potential in-laws or the nanny you are considering to hire for your children.

All in all, private investigators are trained to handle sensitive information, and they know how the law works. This means they will know the kind of evidence you need them to find for a specific purpose. Moreover, a PI can work together with your lawyer to target information that will hold up in court and will successfully help your case along.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.