PRIVATE CLIENT INVESTIGATIONS
It can be a daunting experience to contact a private investigator, but at Herdens we try to make it as easy as possible and to explain to you how everything works simply and clearly and more importantly how we believe we can assist you.
We work with our clients to discover information for a wide variety of reasons and are always willing to discuss how we can help you, below though we list some of the most common tasks we take on for private clients. If the particular issue you have is not covered, then please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can discuss your specific problems and how we could work together to resolve them.
Everyone is familiar with the term cowboy builder and the many shows on television that follow the victims and occasionally the perpetrators of these crimes, however sadly everyday people are still caught out by shoddy workmen.
We are able to carry out enquiries into the background and credentials of a contractor you wish to instruct with a view to revealing any details which might give cause for concern. Our enquiries can include confirming their home and business addresses, the status of their business, validating references and obtaining other detailed and relevant information. With the information we provide you should be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not you should go ahead with that contractor or to select another.
Should you have been unlucky enough to have been caught out by a cowboy builder then we can potentially assist with locating them and determining if they have any assets which could be used to compensate you.
People & Business Tracing
We are regularly contacted by people wanting to trace others for any number of reasons from trying to locate a family member to wanting to re-establish contact with a long lost friend and from tracing a former lover to locating someone who owes them money.
Whatever the reason, as long as it is legitimate and legal, we can usually assist. We have access to databases which collate and link information from a large number of different publically accessible resources, as well as field agents who can carry out door to door enquiries.
Whilst as a firm we don't get involved in cheating partner investigations, should a relationship sadly breakdown there are a number of ways we can then assist our clients.
We are often called upon to serve papers on former partners in connection with divorce proceedings and family matters and this is covered by our process serving product.
Many of our clients are often faced with a situation where they are trying to secure assets, a lump sum or a regular maintenance payment from their former partner, however they are being told that there is nothing to be had. At this point we are able to use our asset tracing skills to attempt to locate, track and establish the beneficial ownership of assets so that they can be shared fairly amongst the parties involved.
We are also able to investigate whether restrictions and conditions on financial agreements are being followed. Common conditions may include that the beneficiary should not be cohabiting or that they are only working a certain number of hours. A proven breach of these conditions could lead to the financial settlement being renegotiated.
Question & Answers
How much does it cost to instruct a private investigator?
Many people worry that instructing us will be expensive, but we are considerably cheaper than solicitors and other similar professionals, despite the fact that we consider ourselves to be equally professional. We will always take the time to learn what our perspective client wants to achieve and try to put a strategy in place which allows them to achieve that efficient both in terms of time and cost. In many cases we work on a fixed fee basis and where that is not possible we will always agree a budget with our clients and this is not exceeded without further agreement. Each case will be priced according to its complexity, location and how long it is likely to complete the agreed task.