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Browsing Archive: January, 2015

How Do You Know When Someone Is Lying?

Posted by Christine Burke on Monday, January 26, 2015, In : private investigation 


Obviously it easy to tell that someone is lying when you already know the truth or the answers to various questions. When you are not sure of the answers, and maybe are not sure what questions to ask, you have to rely on your evaluation of the answers.

As a private investigator we are usually asking questions and seeking answers. Most times we are just documenting information but frequently we are asked to attempt to determine if someone is lying or if they are credible.

Some of the ways that w...
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Locating People To Serve Papers

Posted by Christine Burke on Friday, January 23, 2015, In : Missing Persons and Locates 


Frequently we get calls such as, "I need to serve someone but I don't know where they are" or "I need to serve someone but I don't know their exact name". Don't give up on what you need to do, get help from an experienced investigator so you can find the person.

We recently assisted two clients who needed to locate someone to serve papers. In one case, it was an estranged spouse and they were unsure where the party was located. We were able to conduct a database search (which can be quick an i...
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What Can Be Done In Child Custody Investigations?

Posted by Christine Burke on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, In : child custody investigations 


"My custody arrangements are not fair!" 
and "Can you get me evidence for my custody hearing? are two things that we hear quite a bit about.

Whether your divorce has been finalized or you are currently involved with divorce proceedings, you may wish to consider hiring an investigator. There are many ways that we can help.

Recently we assisted with a custody investigation to verify assertions made by one parent regarding availability for child care and stated current job responsibilities. Our cli...
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Job Applicants and Due Diligence

Posted by Christine Burke on Monday, January 19, 2015, In : Workplace Investigations 


Are you in charge of your hiring? Have you really reviewed your job application and hiring process to ensure you are asking the right questions?


Not too long ago I was at a client site for a workplace investigation. Unfortunately they had an issue and we were looking at several employees to attempt to determine if they were involved. 

In reviewing one employee's application, we found that they had been "let go" from a past employer and many dates of employment only listed the years and not the ...
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Should You Conduct A Background Check On A New Tenant?

Posted by Christine Burke on Monday, January 19, 2015, In : Background Checks 


ABSOLUTELY!
I can't tell you how many times I get calls from customers for assistance in serving papers for eviction and forcible detainer actions or requests for help to locate assets or debtors. When I ask the question, "Did you conduct a background check prior to renting to them?", the answer is always a regretful NO!

I can understand how it is when you are trying to rent your property and need to find a tenant. Most folks are usually renting a property to make money and don't want to spend...
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Process Serving: Number of Attempts Needed

Posted by Christine Burke on Monday, January 19, 2015, In : Process Serving 
I recently took a call from a potential customer. They were looking for a process server. They were in Apache Junction AZ and wanted IMMEDIATE service of process for a divorce in Scottsdale AZ. They asked the price, which I quoted at our standard rate, providing three attempts.

The customer appeared to be taken aback, asking "Only three? The other company offered five!" My response to that was that any good process server should make the service on the first attempt, negating the need for the ...
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Christine Burke, Private Investigator Welcome to my blog! It seems that every time I meet someone and tell them my profession, I get the "Wow, that must be so cool" or "I always wanted to be a private investigator" or "Where were you when I needed you", "What types of things do you investigate" and most of all, "Can you help me with...." I thought that this blog might be a good way to answer these questions and more. Please feel free to comment or send me your question!

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