Hiring A Private Investigator: What To Expect
Chances are, if your’re hiring a PI it’s because you have a legal problem. Many people go their entire life without hiring or even speaking with an investigator. Some people use investigative services on a daily basis. Whatever the reason, we are here to help. The first thing you need to decide is, are you really serious about dealing with the situation. People use investigators for a vast variety of reasons; not all are legal problems. Perhaps you want to find someone. Maybe you were adopted out and want to locate your birth parents. Maybe you think you are being stalked by an old boyfriend. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish. What does matter, is the amount of importance you place on the issue. Hiring an attorney or an investigator can be expensive. On the other hand, these services are much more affordable than most people think. It’s all in your perspective. If the motor blows up in your car you will most likely have it rebuilt. But if it’s not that important to you then you might just settle for a new pair of sneakers and walk to work. We try to work with everyone to come up with a plan that works.
Once You’ve Made The Decision To Move Forward:
Start making preparations to meet with the investigator/attorney. Get your information put together. Documentation, pictures, whatever you have. Get your thoughts organized. Some people write down their questions and thoughts so they don’t forget.
Be prepared to sign a contract. Most investigators have a contract that both parties sign.
If you have not already come up with a dollar amount, you will need to discuss it during your meeting. Be prepared to pay a retainer. Most attorneys / investigators won’t start work until funds have cleared.
Be realistic. Some people have unreal expectations and set themselves up for unnecessary frustration.
Ask questions, get answers, be clear and specific with each other. Unless agreed upon, most investigators work multiple cases at the same time. In other words, you’re not the only patient in the hospital.