How to Hire a Private Investigator
What to watch out for and how to find the best for your situation …
The first step in hiring a private investigator is to determine what type of investigation you need. Do you need surveillance, background checks, or something else? It may help to think of it in terms of your goal. What proof are you hoping to obtain? What information is important to know? Do you need video evidence? Think about the type of investigation you’ll need and your goal. Then move on to carefully selecting a private investigator.
You’ll want an experienced private investigator and one that is ethical and reliable. You may receive a referral for an investigator. You can also check online and look for an investigator with experience in your type of case, one with social media presence and a website, and one that is active in his or her industry association.
Associations generally have guidelines for their members which raise the bar for professional and ethical standards. You can also check reviews across several sites keeping in mind that clients that are unhappy with results often write nasty reviews.
Once you’ve chosen an investigator, be prepared to meet with the investigator and give the details of your case. You can and should ask for evidence of licensure and insurance. You can also verify the license in the state in which it was issued. Remember you get what you pay for and the cheapest price may not produce the best results.
The investigator should have a retainer agreement or contract for you to sign as well as an estimate. You should be prepared to pay a retainer fee prior to the commencement of any work.
Once you’ve hired an investigator, you’ll wait for results. Your investigator should regularly update you on the progress of your case and should welcome your calls or texts asking for reasonable updates. Once your results are ready, you can discuss those results with your investigator, ask clarifying questions and get recommendations on further steps.
I hope this helped clear up any hesitation you might have in hiring a private investigator. If you need the assistance of a private investigator, please call us at 916-224-4680. We are always happy to help and phone consultations are free of charge.