Private Investigator Coveted By Attorneys - Part 3

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Some attorneys fancy themselves as investigators. While this is good to a point, quite frankly, the attorneys seem to do their best when steering the ship and delegating the investigative tasks to the qualified and licensed private investigator.

An attorney that embraces the case for their client, understands what is happening, what needs to happen and knows how to achieve the results necessary. Usually a proven track record of winning, these attorneys have the reputations to prove it.

It is no wonder that most of the attorneys we work for are the ones we would want in our corner when we need the best. We work for some of the most successful attorneys in California; the attorneys that win cases, go on to write books, write case law and sit on the bench.

Most law firms have access to some on-line information search companies to conduct their own searches. They are relying on one or two larger information companies and not getting anywhere close to the results some private investigators can get for them.

These law firms do not have the most accurate and up to date access. They do not know all of the resources available to private investigators and how to focus on the best information from an investigative perspective. Computer searches don't provide follow up work in the field either; they don't confirm what is going on at the present time.

When an attorney finds a good private investigative firm that employs the best techniques and proven methods for obtaining accurate information, one that can provide this information in a well written report and capture quality video evidence, you have a recipe for a winning team.

On many occasions, we have collaborated with top attorneys and discussed the various facets of a case. We discuss the best options, the most productive areas to focus, the paths to take, and then we get to work. Still, many of the lawyers we work for know exactly what they need and simply provide their request, knowing we will return good results in a timely manner. Any seasoned attorney will admit that any court case can be made or lost depending on the preparation and presentation.

We have been contacted by thousands of non-attorney clients over the past three decades that have hired us to work on their court cases. Most of these clients did this on their own, while in some situations their attorneys had discussed this with them and encouraged them to find a good private investigator, on their own. We can provide our findings directly to the attorney to maintain the client privilege or give the information to the client.

Find a Private Investigator

"How do I find a private investigator?" Too many of us wrongly assume that the job of a private investigator is a simple one. While some tasks are relatively simple, they can be even simpler to screw up. Some people, given the simplest of tasks, can make a mess of things. This is usually either attributed to inexperience, miscommunication or laziness. Can you afford to hire a private detective or private investigator that doesn't get it?

Private investigators have specialized skillsets in various areas. They also have limitations. It is up to you and your investigator to discuss this and decide where they can be of value to you. Communication is imperative and your private investigator should be accountable to you.

If you find yourself in a position that you will benefit from the experience and know-how of a licensed private investigator, you need to hire a good private investigator. The best private investigator available, experienced in the field you need assistance in.

Learn more about investigative services here.

You are your client's best advocate. No one cares more about your client than you do. Do some homework and you will not be sorry. You need to speak with a private investigator. Ask yourself some important questions before contacting one and do your best to find the best private investigator. Two simple questions;

  • What do I think a private investigator can help me with?
  • What are the results I expect?

Before you hire a private investigator you need to do the following;

  • Make sure you get the private investigator's real name.
  • Ask for and get the private investigator's current business name.
  • Verify whether he or she has a private investigator's license in their state.
  • Check the private investigator's information with the state.
  • Read on-line reviews for the private investigator, not on their own website.

In Southern California we have been deluged with so many advertisements for private investigators in Los Angeles and Orange Counties we find it difficult to tell who is actually in the Los Angeles Metro area and nearby counties, let alone, who is really qualified to be a private eye.

The state of California requires licensees to have experience in some related field, but the state relies on the claims of the applicant and the person or company who vouches for their experience. It's not a perfect system. Many private investigators have obtained licenses while not honestly possessing the experience required by law. These same individuals purchase state test questions from unscrupulous sellers on-line. They will be happy to take your money.

Ask a private investigator;

  • Where is the private investigation firm located?
  • Are they in California?
  • Do the private investigators know Los Angeles County?
  • Are they familiar with Orange County?
  • What is their experience?
  • Who will actually be conducting the work for you?

Before you hire any private investigator in California we strongly suggest you visit the state's website at This is the Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. This is the agency bureau that licenses and oversees Private Investigators, security guards, lock smiths and some other professionals in California.

Please feel free to check us out with the state. You can check by using the business name Linked Investigations or the license number. Our license number is 15568. We have provided a button with an internal link that brings you right to the page of the state's website to check an investigator's license.

Protect Yourself

Check the license status of any California Private Investigator. Contact the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services’ website at

If you have any trouble we will be happy to help. Our consultations are private, free and without obligation.

Mike Garroutte is a licensed California private investigator. He is the owner of Linked Investigations in Costa Mesa, California. He has been a private investigator based in Orange County, California for over thirty years.

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December 1, 2012
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