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What to Look for in a Private Investigator

Hiring a Private Investigator should be an intimate process – not a stressful one. Often times, cases require the knowledge of sensitive, private, and secret information involving you, your family, and your friends.

Many states only require a person to pass an examination to title themselves a ‘Licensed Private Investigator.’ We all know, however, that a certificate on the wall does not warrant a person to be an experienced investigator.

In order to ensure that you are hiring the right person, you must ask the necessary questions:

* Are you licensed?

* Do you have any investigative experience?

* Are you retired law enforcement or government?

* How can I be sure that my information is going to be kept private and confidential?

* Is the private investigator or company ethical?

* Is the private investigator or company knowledgeable about the law?

There are many ways in which these investigative ‘imposters’ will scoot around answering these questions. At Maley Investigations, we recommend that you not only contact the Private Investigator’s office, but look up their credentials as well. What exactly is their investigative experience? Ask the investigator exactly what area he/she worked in and for how long. We also recommend that you meet with your Private Investigator (if possible, we understand this is nearly impossible for out of state clients). Meeting with your Private Investigator establishes trust for you and for them. Discussing your private information in person is better and safer than over the phone or via the internet. Many matters we deal with are extremely sensitive and confidential, and sometimes even embarrassing.

Having an ethical Private Investigator is crucial. Privacy is the biggest issue in dealing with a P.I. You need to make sure that they will keep the details of your case, and your private life, private. We have come across countless clients who have had previous experience with unethical Private Investigators. Not only does this breach the client’s trust, but it can also break the law. If a Private Investigator divulges intimate details of a confidential matter, they should lose their license…and that is that.

A good Private Investigator should also be diverse. It is easy to pigeonhole a P.I. into the infidelity category, but the best P.I. could handle infidelity as well as other areas such as workers compensation, school residency, child custody, missing persons, and criminal cases.