What are private investigators hired for?

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private investigators are hired for

Private investigators gather evidence for regular people, attorney’s and corporations. You may have seen private investigators in movies and asked yourself, “What are private investigators hired for?” To better understand what private investigators do, it’s helpful to understand their involvement from three perspectives.

Personal services

Private investigators help individuals in all kinds of scenarios such as:

      1. Background Checks
      2. Child Custody
      3. Deadbeat Dads (and Moms!)
      4. Missing persons/lost loves
      5. Divorce Investigations
      6. Alimony modifications investigations
      7. Stalking Investigations
      8. Counter Surveillance/Bug Sweeps
      9. Runaway kids

These are the main areas a private investigator works in to help regular people solve their regular problems. These areas are the most common areas where people have problems that need to be solved and don’t know where to turn to get help.

If you’re involved in a legal situation and you think you might want to hire a private investigator, you should talk to your attorney. Your attorney will know best how to proceed with a private investigator and can advise you regarding which private investigators they prefer to work with. Many times, an attorney will want to hire the private investigator directly in order to protect the evidence obtained.


Attorneys use private investigators for all kinds of cases. What are private investigators hired for by attorneys? Here’s a sample list:

      1. Worker’s compensation fraud
      2. Background checks
      3. Corporate Due Diligence
      4. Alimony Modification investigations
      5. Collection Cases
      6. Repossession Cases
      7. Intellectual Property Cases

These are only a sample of the kinds of cases attorneys hire private investigators for. Attorneys deal with many different types of problems and cases and many attorneys end up in a courtroom to plead their case. In these cases they want evidence to support their case and their client’s case. A private investigator can gather pertinent evidence to support the case.


Corporations usually have clients and usually have contracts. When something goes wrong, there’s often a lawsuit filed in an attempt to solve the problem. Corporations have many ways they can use a private investigator and many times they ask the question, “What are private investigators used for?”. Some areas they can employ private investigators:

      1. Business/Competitor Intelligence
      2. Collection of past/overdue invoices
      3. Employee monitoring
      4. Pre-Employment Investigations
      5. Undercover Investigations
      6. Worker’s compensation fraud investigations
      7. Counter Surveillance/Bug sweeps

These are just a few areas where private investigators can help corporations. Sometimes, corporations hire private investigators to investigate their own management! Just as human beings are all unique and different, so too are corporations. Many of the same problems that face individuals also face corporations. A private investigator can help both have some peace of mind.

You should always ensure the private investigator you hire is properly licensed. There are state licensing boards for almost every state and you can look online to see whether the private investigator you are thinking about hiring is licensed. Most states also list any complaints filed against the private investigator and this is good information to know.

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