is not a war or even a game. It is designed to do real justice between opposing parties and, if the court does not have all
the relevant information, it cannot achieve this object” ( Davies
v Eli Lilly & Co  1 All ER 801 (CA) page 804
INTER PRO INVESTIGATIONS offers a variety
of investigative and confidential information services to the legal community. From criminal trial preparation to information
verification, we obtain the facts Attorneys need in both civil and criminal proceedings. Inter-Pro Investigations has conducted many routine and complex civil
and criminal investigations for law firms since 1994. CALL FOR A FREE CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION OR PRICE QUOTE ON A CASE.
LEGAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
The background investigation
is a crucial tool for attorneys in every area of the law. The legal background investigation starts with confirming information such as
name, date of birth, Social Security number, drivers license number and last known address of the subject. From there
it reveals whether the subject has aliases or false Social Security numbers. It identifies any criminal history, including
prosecutions and convictions. The driving record is searched to identify traffic convictions, moving violations
and prior accidents.
One of the most important
aspects of the legal background investigation is a thorough search for prior litigation. This includes cases where the subject
is either a plaintiff or defendant. The investigation may include searches in several jurisdictions in the
event the subject has moved frequently. We also search for important information such as whether the subject has bankruptcies,
tax liens, judgments and notices of default in their records. A comprehensive Personal Profile of the subject will provide
the Attorney with the answers needed for any case involving legal action.
INTER-PRO INVESTIGATIONS provides the following
professional investigative services to the legal community:
(Civil or Criminal cases) $50/hourly
Witness Locate starts at $150.00 if subject's SSN
Witness Statements $100/hourly plus travel .50c/mile
Verification $100/hourly plus travel.
Crime Scene Photo/Video $100/hourly plus travel.
Criminal Investigative Analysis (Psychological Profiling) call for quote.
Personality Assessment - call for quote.
Threat Assessment and Analysis - call for quote.
Background Information - starts at $250.00 to $2,500.00
Surveillance - call
Insurance Fraud / Fraudulent
- Divorce Proceedings
- Discovery of Hidden Assets
Internal fraud / theft detection
Corporate Background Profile
Accident Scene Canvass / Photos
Locate Defendant or Plaintiff
Difficult service of process
Firms hire private investigators for everything from checking job applicants to internal financial sleuthing
Supreme Court bars lawyers from accessing drivers' database
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that lawyers cannot gather personal
information about drivers from state databases when seeking plaintiffs for potential lawsuits.
The court held in a narrow 5-4 vote that the federal Drivers Privacy Protection
Act of 1994 does not allow lawyers to seek the information.
The case hinged on language in the law that allows access to the data for lawyers pursuing an "investigation
in anticipation of litigation."
A group of
drivers sued lawyers who had sought the personal information from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. The lawyers,
including the firm Lewis & Babcock LLP, were seeking to file a lawsuit on behalf of customers against car dealerships
over alleged unlawful administrative fees.
majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that "an attorney's solicitation of clients" did not fit into
the section of the law that refers to litigation.
the law protected, he added, was the right of lawyers to seek information in ongoing cases in which they already represent
The law "has a limited scope to permit
the use of highly restricted personal information when it serves an integral purpose in a particular legal proceeding,"
The case is Maracich, et al v. Spears,
et al, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 12-25.
BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU:
An Undercover Investigation Gone Bad May Result in Evidentiary and Monetary Sanctions
Jennifer B. Bechet
How to conduct an investigation in order to
avoid acrimonious proceedings,
monetary sanction, and the loss of evidence acquired during an investigation.
Excerpt: No one had any
intention of doing anything unethical or improper,” assured South Dakota attorney Jerry L. Pollard in a recent interview
for PI Magazine. “Just go in off the street, ask what’s best, what sells and why prefer this one over that one.”
Despite the best of intentions, the commonplace activities of Attorney Pollard’s former client Adrian
Mohr, formerly of Adrian Mohr Investigations, Inc., were at the heart of a federal judge’s decision to throw out tape-recorded
evidence, exclude testimony and even to consider slapping the attorneys and client with monetary sanctions...
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