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How Private Investigators Can Help Attorneys

By Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc Attorneys hire private investigators for many reasons such as they often produce results that are more valuable in practice, usually charge less than legal consultants, and can assist in making a lawsuit stronger. But what if you’re looking into hiring a private investigator for other needs as an attorney?…

Everyone (and Every Case) Has a Story

Throughout the course of our careers, a private investigator’s education is a continuous and interesting journey. We attend dozens of training seminars, classes, and conferences every year on topics such as surveillance, counter-intelligence, forensics, fraud, ethics, background checks, and other related subjects. Our individual state regulating departments expand our knowledge quests by requiring us to…

Using Social Media to Supplement Background Checks

By Stephanie Irvine Just over 10 years ago, one in every 20 people had an online “profile” where people could see their interests and activities. As technology has improved, so has our ability to socialize online. Today, four out of five people use social media and three out of four use convenient smartphones to frequently…

Holders of Temporary Private Investigator Licenses in Oregon Must Post Surety Bonds

By Vic Lance Private investigators who wish to obtain a temporary license in Oregon are now required to obtain a private investigator bond or an irrevocable letter of credit. The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) adopted a new set of regulations at the end of March which includes changes to the…

3 Reasons Why Investigators Need to Master Online Research

By Brian Willingham Investigators often debate the value of online research, and their opinions are varied, ranging from the it’s a “disgusting and unethical practice” to “applause” from a newer generation of investigators who think that any investigation can be solved with a few clicks. The truth lies somewhere in between, but I am here…

NCISS Legislative Update

By Dean and Karen Beers Here is your NCISS legislative news for the week… For additional information on these items, please visit www.nciss.org/important-nciss-news Security Officer Screening Improvements Act and Legislation In the month of August, Lobbyit took advantage of the lull in legislative activity to discuss future plans for action on Senator Toomey’s Security Officer…

How to Be an Expert in Finding People

By Brian Willingham After 15 years as a private investigator, I have become an expert in finding people. Long-lost relatives, hard-to-find witnesses, biological fathers, ex-boyfriends – you name it, I have found them. I don’t say this lightly either. I think that people who call themselves experts at anything are idiots. So I guess I…

Accident Investigations: Vehicle Lamp Examinations

By Michael Miranda As part of an accident investigation, the question of whether the vehicle’s lights were on or not can be an important issue. Did the car have its headlights on at night? Did the driver use the turn signal before making his turn? Did your client see the brakes lights of the car…

Being the Best Private Investigator You Can Be

By Brian Willingham Last week, I read Eamon Javers’ article on BuzzFeed about Tom Corbally, “a private investigator whose career crisscrossed continents and spanned decades.” It’s an absolutely fascinating read. It’s literally a story straight out of Hollywood. Corbally was the “original most interesting man in the world.” He rubbed elbows with Hollywood types, flew…

Importance of Investigators in Criminal Cases

By Stephanie Irvine When the general public thinks of a private investigator, they may think to common situations in which a PI is hired, including divorce and insurance fraud. What they may not realize, however, is that private investigators often play a critical role in solving criminal cases. Through examining the importance of investigators in…