A frequently asked question on the Internet is “What does a private investigator do?” People typically envision a stereotypical fedora- and trench coat-wearing, wisecracking, cigar-chomping “old school” street detective. In reality, though, a private investigator is typically hired by businesses, law firms or individuals to obtain specific fact-based information to help them make more informed decisions.

But what does a private investigator really do?

1Find Facts

Making decisions based on certain rumors, misconceptions, preconceived notions or a “gut feeling” can be extremely risky. Private investigators can provide in-depth, fact-based information from an array of various resources and certain skill sets that are not always available in the public record. In addition, experienced investigators have unique analytical thinking capabilities which are needed in problem-solving situations.

2Identify Risks

Whether you are in business negotiations, contemplating an investment vehicle or hiring an employee, each situation has its own set of risks, both in capital and reputation. Investigators are both trained and experienced in identifying either red flags or damaging issues that may be useful to know before relationships are established.

3Provide Peace of Mind

A suspicion of a subject’s prior issues can cause anyone to lose sleep.  In this situation, an investigator can provide the necessary information beyond the handshakes and resumes. An investigator can corroborate certain facts or details that could not have been verified elsewhere. The objective of any investigation is to provide the facts (good or bad).  The most rewarding cases are the ones where we are able to verify the subject’s information and can give our clients back the peace of mind they were seeking.

4See the Big Picture

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world today have credited their successes to following their passions and instincts. However, having someone in your corner to provide you specific information in order to hedge your own abilities is reassuring. An investigator can view the situation objectively and provide an alternative viewpoint to the matter at hand.

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