Investigators and attorneys, or self representing people, have access to many of the same tools. However, a retained PI can do some things an attorney cannot. Plus, a PI can likely do the work faster and more thoroughly.
Hiring a PI to conduct your witness research, background research on parties, or to corroborate interrogatories and discovery has a number of advantages:
1. A PI is a court expert, and is billable to the client.
2. A PI can testify on their methods and findings. An attorney never wants to risk becoming a witness in their own proceeding.
3. A PI only does investigations, freeing the self representing person or attorney for other matters.
4. A PI is insured for investigations, a service that typically is not covered under attorney malpractice insurance. Why open up yourself or your office to a claim by a disgruntled litigant or witness.
5. Investigating is all that we do, we have a finely sharpened skill set for finding what others overlook.
When most people think private investigator or private detective they think camera in bushes or a grizzled character in a trench coat. While I do proudly wear a trench coat and fedora, this is not the core of what this office does.
Most people who pass do so without estate planning, and those with wills, trusts, and other documents rarely pass on with up to date documents. This leaves the task of asset location entirely up to family and legal counsel to uncover what comprises an estate. This means that most often estate property goes unclaimed.
Currently, there is a billion dollars worth of unclaimed valuable property in the form of money, bonds, stock certificates, etc. held by the State of Michigan. Much of that is property owned by a deceased person but never found.
Life insurance payouts, retirement account balances, court settlements, stocks and bonds, liquidated assets, and stored assets from safety deposit boxes or long term vehicle storage, out of state and foreign real estate all comprise unclaimed property . These are also all types of assets that a licensed investigator can locate for a representative before it ends up at the state. None of the insurance carriers, retirement managers, courts, or private companies are going to send you notice of what a decedent owned. And left unclaimed, that all goes into the state treasury.
Our office is staffed by individuals with over a decade of investigation experience and court service experience. We provide background checks, criminal, credit, and financial for employers, landlords, significant others, and parents. We perform in field surveillance and investigation with detailed reports. Investigators are experts in their field and prepared to testify, provide affidavits, or appear at depositions. Find assets for collection, probate, divorce, or other litigation.