How the Claim Researcher Position Benefits Lifestyle

How the Claim Researcher Position Benefits Lifestyle

Top Reasons Why Claim Researchers Love their Position

Freedom, flexibility, helping others, and high-earning potential to hours worked ratio are the top reasons Claim Researchers at Lauth Investigations International love what they do. The main function of a Claim Researcher at Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International is to connect identified assets to the rightful owner or heirs. When a Claim Researcher calls the potential owner or heir and alerts them of the found asset, the individual is typically unaware of the asset. In some cases where the assets go into probate, the family doesn’t have the financial resources to open probate to recover the funds. Since Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International works on a contingency fee, the Company pays all expenses to reclaim the assets and then returns the balance, minus a commission, to the owner or heirs.

The Claim Researcher position is a virtual contract position so Claim Researchers work on their own schedule, around their own lifestyle needs which in turns helps them create a healthy work/life balance.

I interviewed three claim researchers this month to get their perspective on what it’s really like “in the field” so people considering becoming a claim researcher can learn what it’s like beyond the official job description.

Three Claim Researchers Share their Experience

Spotlight on Stephanie Spangler

Being a claim researcher, I love helping make a difference in people’s lives but I also appreciate the freedom in this position,” says Stephanie Spangler, a Claim Researcher with Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International since September 2017. Stephanie finds it fulfilling to help people and support them by finding money they didn’t even realize they had due to them. “Clients say this is a godsend; unexpected money helps people get ahead. I’ve had people say they can pay for a water heater; have a good Christmas; pay bills. I want to do something that feels good and makes a difference in someone’s life,” explains Stephanie.Picture of Stephanie Spangler

For Stephanie, she enjoys the flexibility, working around her family’s schedule: being there for her teenage son when he leaves for school and comes home, the general freedom of being self-employed; a healthy work/life balance; not having to commute or get stuck in traffic; being efficient about work; and how this position opens the potential to be qualified for this type of work.

When Stephanie began, she worked 10 hours a week—2 hours a day—to call through her people and do research. Now, Stephanie works full time splitting her time throughout the day and sprinkling work in during the weekend. Stephanie says she gladly takes calls even at 8 PM since a lot of people work during the day and return calls at night. The same holds true about working on the weekends when traditional workers are home. Five months into the position, Stephanie is busier since her pipeline is constantly growing, as are her commission earnings.

Stephanie found the position when she was searching for a new virtual position and was attracted to the business model. Stephanie’s favorite part of the job is its exponential potential and she loves the freedom behind it. More importantly, Stephanie loves that “I’m scheduling my day the way I want and that we are helping people. I love how technology involved in the workplace is getting us further away from scheduled days.”

“I’m passionate about this; I deeply care about impacting people for their financial well-being; I’m passionate about returning property to the rightful heir. In some cases, it’s hundreds of thousands of dollars,” explains Stephanie.

Stephanie’s average time spent on a completed claim is 1-2 hours. The research can take an hour and the rest of the time is spent talking to the claimant.

Spotlight on Paula Douglas

Paula Douglas started as a Claim Researcher in April 2017 and also approaches her cold calls to potential claimants as a service not a sale. Paula takes a slow-measured approach with her clients allowing them to do their own due diligence on the Company after announcing to them they may be potential owners or heirs of lost assets. Since the potential claimants typically don’t know anything about these assets when she makes first contact with them, many are skeptical at first. After several weeks of contact through phone calls, email, and USPS, many of the people come around and sign the agreement. From this point, there’s a little research and paperwork to do to close the claim. For Paula, the work varies from 2-5 hours per claim. “For some families our service is very important because they don’t have funds to open probate or necessary time or skills to do the required paperwork to recover the assets themselves,” says Paula. “Once you get someone on the phone, the money you can recover for them can be a life-changing moment,” adds Paula.picture of Paula Douglas

Paula’s favorite part of the job is the thrill of the chase she gets from receiving new lists and connecting new assets to rightful owners, and thinks to herself “This is the next big one!” Paula compares it to gambling and the equivalent to pulling the slot handle! Paula looks forward to getting through her lists when she receives them and starts calling people right away. Paula loves the excitement and “then we get paid!” Paula exclaims.

Paula describes her work process and on average spends less than five hours on each claim. The work is typically divided into a ten-minute call; five minutes on paperwork; and very rarely does she spend more than an hour on research. The most time-consuming part of the position is making the calls and getting people on the phone. Once you get them on the phone, it’s really not that much work. Paula makes 100-150 calls a day, connects to an average of 35, and actually speaks to approximately 10. Mostly the time is spent leaving voicemail messages since it’s hard to catch people. Today people just don’t pick up their phone and answer calls; instead they screen them. Then when the voicemail system comes on, “You don’t always know if you’re reaching the right person,” explains Paula.

Spotlight on Ashley Willette

Ashley Willette began her work as a Claim Researcher with the Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International in September 2017. Ashley loves the ability to earn extra income for her family while being able to stay home with her kids. Since her children are young, she organizes her time and tasks that require a professional, quiet background (no crying or kids talking, or worse) around quiet pre-planned activities that her children do on the other side of her glass French doors of her office. Ashley says the work can be time intensive. For example, when Ashley gets a new list, she works on it until she’s done. “My kids are here with me at home but it takes a lot of concentration, researching, and then after that you’re on the phone with people so you can’t have distractions and a lot of noise. You get this list and you want to get through it quickly so you can get a new list—this is how you make money” explains Ashley.picture of Ashley Willette

“It’s exciting,” Ashley ads, “You never know when you will come across a really big claim, with a big amount, which means you’re going to get a big commission if you can secure the deal. It’s an exciting process”, Ashley continues. During the list review, Ashley’s adrenaline kicks in and her self-talk motivates her with questions like, “How much are these assets worth? Can I find any other assets for this person?” The more assets discovered, the bigger the commission with relatively little added work. This is the part Ashley really loves in addition to the job being pretty flexible allowing her to take vacations when it works best for her family, and working from home. Another important aspect of the position Ashley appreciates is the possibility of making more money than she expected.

Ashley spends on average 2.5 hours on a claim she closes with research consisting of an hour, and paperwork and talking to the claimant the balance of the time.

Prior to working as a Claim Researcher for Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International, Ashley worked for Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Ashley was accustomed to spending a lot of her work time on the phone and talking with people, explaining procedures, and performing research. As a result, Ashley hasn’t had to make many adjustments based on her work style.

What Current Claim Researchers Recommend

Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International is currently expanding and looking for motivated self-starters who want to work from home in a virtual position to fill the claim researcher role in an effort to return the $58 billion in lost assets in the United States. If you’re considering becoming a claim researcher, here’s what these three successful producers recommend.

Advice for someone just starting out:

  • Be patient. It’s a numbers game: the more you send out; the more you’ll get back (one claim researcher says she closes 50% of what she sends out).
  • Work on a regular basis to keep the pipeline full; this helps to create consistent commission checks.
  • Even though there’s huge potential for high earnings, new claim researchers have to understand there’s a commission payment lag when just beginning—commissions may not arrive for three months or longer depending on the state that holds the asset. Each state law varies.
  • People in general are peculiar about money which sometimes makes it very difficult to close a deal—must be tenacious and keep going. Celebrate getting a contract and then use that momentum to get the next and keep adding on to that effort.
  • Persistence pays: Keep making repeat calls to the same people on your list until you actually connect. For example, on the fourth call, the person thanked the claim researcher for her persistence.
  • Follow up with claimant after they sign the agreement—once you get a signed agreement, work diligently to keep the claim process moving along.
  • Must be motivated and a self-starter: you must put in the work; you can’t get rewarded without putting in the work.

I asked the three Claim Researchers what they considered to be the top traits to be successful and while there was much overlap, each claim researcher added something different we hope helps potential claim researchers self-qualify themselves for the role.

Top traits to be a successful claim researcher:

  1. Persistence and tenacity—must be able to keep making phone calls
  2. Passion and be self-motivated—must be able to work effectively from home. If you can’t work from home alone, you will fail. Must be motivated to close deals and motivate self to actually work and ignore the many “home” distractions
  3. Organizedmust be able to keep track of each claim and its status in addition to keep making phone calls to build the pipeline
  4. Fun personality and outgoing—need to get people on board and feel comfortable talking with people on the phone
  5. Be able to listen—people want to talk and tell you their story

Stephanie takes the approach of providing a service to heart. When she makes a call, she doesn’t consider it a sales call. While Stephanie was in sales 20 years ago and was formally trained in the sales process, she knows people can feel when they are being “sold”. There’s an edginess when you’re trying to close them and it can push people away from the sale. Instead, she practices what Zig Ziglar preaches: selling is serving, and serving is selling. Some of the best sales people provide a service or product the client or customer wants or needs. In this case, Stephanie informs the potential claimant about what the Company can do for them. “I’m trying to help them, so I ask them to let me help them,” Stephanie explains. “When you do this, you’re more relaxed and they don’t feel like they are being scammed or sold,” adds Stephanie.

Some helpful background or skills for effective claim researchers:

  • Sales/Marketing
  • Banking and financial services
  • Real estate
  • Skip trace/active or former law enforcement
  • Customer service
  • Business development
  • Life and health insurance
  • Insurance claims
  • **We encourage military veterans, homemakers, disabled, and retired individuals to apply. **

Benefits of Claim Researcher Position

  • Work independently and remotely from a virtual office – no commute! Work from wherever you have laptop, internet, and phone service!
  • Provide a service to consumers, returning property that is rightfully theirs—sometimes it really makes a huge impact on the lives of the recipients and that is a wonderful feeling!
  • Self-employed, independent contractor status allows you to create the schedule that works best for you and your life
  • Recession proof—unclaimed property continues to increase
  • Home-office tax deductions save you money
  • Learn how-to conduct genealogy & historical research for personal or professional purposes
  • Support staff assists with research and expediting claims—help when you need it
  • Monthly incentive programs for additional earnings and competing in a group
  • Online team community so you feel connected to a larger group for support, guidance, and camaraderie—even in a virtual environment

About the Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International

The Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International focuses on returning assets that have been escheated to the rightful owners and their heirs. Our extensive resources and highly skilled claim research team diligently seek to streamline the process of documentation of ownership in an effort to reduce the $58 billion in assets that are sitting in escrow accounts across the country. After twenty years in investigations, Thomas and Rain Lauth developed the Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International in 2012, after discovering the staggering amount of assets held by various entities. Regrettably, the holders have neither the labor or technology resources to locate literally millions of owners and then work each case collaboratively with the owner in returning the assets. That’s where Return Assets Division of Lauth Investigations International steps in; we connect rightful owners and heirs to assets being held by these entities. The asset owners, families, and heirs of these assets rightfully deserve the property. Our mission is to return as many of these assets as possible to the rightful owners and heirs thereby improving the lives of each of our clients, one claim at a time.

Earn Income While Working from Home

With $58 billion and rising in escheated assets in the United States, our team is growing. We seek motivated individuals who can successfully work from a home or virtual office with a passion to help other people. If you would like to see if you qualify, please check out our careers and training page or view the official job description. If you’re ready to begin the application process, apply here.

Lauth Investigations International, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Lauth Investigations International, Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

What Does a Claim Researcher Do?

What Does a Claim Researcher Do?

Lauth Investigations International’s Return Assets Division is a company focused on recovering your assets in a expeditious and professional manner. Our claims researchers are well trained and highly skilled to identify these assets and return it to it’s rightful owner.

According to a CNN report form 2013, there’s more than $58 billion in unclaimed cash and benefits. The report says, “That’s roughly $186 for every U.S. resident. The assets come from a variety of sources, including abandoned bank accounts and stock holdings, unclaimed life insurance payouts and forgotten pension benefits.”

At Lauth Investigations International we strive to help families across the country. As a family run business we understand the hardships families face every day in America. Our goal is to make the process of recovering your assets as quick and easy as possible. Here’s just one of many testimonials from our satisfied clients:

“Sincerely, thanks for everything. If you ever need a reference or a testimonial, let me know. Your perseverance really kept us going,” wrote Linda B. of Denver, CO. “My daughter is a single mom with a full time job and going to night school for her teacher’s certificate. I can’t tell you how much this meant to her to get this cushion money. We even took the kids to the circus last weekend on the “found” money…So, like I said, if you need a reference for someone who is skeptical (and there are so many scams out there), let me know. Thanks again, you did a terrific job.”

Part of what sets Lauth Investigations International’s Return Assets Division apart is the personal care we put into every case we handle. Claim researchers like Maria Moreland aren’t doing this job just to earn a paycheck. We are personally invested in helping families across the country.

“I left a career after 25 years that I was good at, but was burned out and bored with my everyday tasks,” Maria said when asked how she became a claims researcher. “Every day is a new adventure. The best part is I assist individuals and families in obtaining assets that are rightfully theirs and most of the time they had no idea these assets existed.”

Our Claims researchers are excellent at identifying assets people have no idea are even out there. Maybe you never collected your last paycheck from a job or it’s possible you had a deposit with a utility company that you forgot was coming before you moved. No matter how your asset was displaced, we will work with you to build a case and get your property returned to you.

After we identify your assets, we get to work building a case to prove it’s yours. The nature of the asset dictates what evidence needs to be presented to claim it. If it’s a forgotten deposit then we’ll likely need proof of your previous address. Sometimes claims require a little more elbow grease, but claim researchers like Maria are ready to heed the call.

It’s possible you have a relative you don’t know about who’s inheritance you’re entitled to. These cases revolve around proving you are related to the deceased. This is one of the more difficult claims to prove, but one Maria specializes in.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to find family members,” Maria says. “But that’s par for the course when conducting genealogy investigations.”

One example of a successful genealogy investigation is the case of Coleen W. of Martinsville, IN. Coleen and her husband had been receiving dividends’s from his deceased mother’s estate when Coleen’s husband tragically passed away.

“Six years ago, my husband passed away and I was still receiving dividends from his deceased mother’s estate, which were being sent to our address,” Coleen said. “I sent them back marked return to sender. I contacted the sender and said these dividends were not in my name and nothing could be done.”

Since the the checks from the dividends were in Coleen’s husband’s name she couldn’t cash them. This money was rightfully Coleen’s, but as happens in matters like this, clerical errors prevented her from being able to claim the funds. Fortunately our claim researchers happened across the funds and contacted Coleen to get them back to her.

“And then, six years later a case came to me from Barbara Day with Lauth Investigations and she guided me through all the paperwork that finally resulted in a happy ending. Thank you Barbara and thank you Lauth Investigations,” Coleen said.

Lauth Investigations International Return Assets Division has a long history of helping people recover what’s theirs. If you believe you have unclaimed assets out there then don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will help you just like we’ve helped so many others.

Choosing the Right Heir Finder

Choosing the Right Heir Finder

What is an Heir Finder?
Heir finders do many different things such as locating legitimate  assets as well as their potential owners or heirs, obtaining required documentation, assisting in the filing of the claim and much more. Heir finders can work for a number of different companies or independently. There are many different heir finders out there so it’s important to choose the one that best fits your needs.

Things to Consider
With multiple options and things to consider, you might find it difficult to decide which heir finder to choose. To find the heir finder that’s best for you, it’s important to determine what your needs are and what’s most important to you when considering an heir finder.

Privacy and Security

If you take your personal information seriously and your privacy is important to you, it might be a good idea to choose a licensed private investigation company or other incorporated business to assist you with your lost assets claim. These companies usually hold their employees to very high privacy and security standards. Policies and Codes of Conduct are usually in place to secure your information is secure at all times. Identity theft has been at an all-time high over the last several years so taking this into consideration should be one of your top priorities.

Approving the Claim

Lost assets can belong to the original owner, beneficiaries named in a will, heirs determined by the State intestate succession, an open or closed company, an open or closed trust, and more. The documentation required for each claim varies based on circumstance. There are many circumstances that can make it difficult to obtain the required documentation to prove the claim to the state. Since everything is determined on a case by case basis and everything is very much circumstantial, it’s important to choose an heir finder with the experience and knowledge necessary to get your claim approved. Licensed private investigation companies generally have the resources and knowledge required to obtain these required documents.

Avoiding Scams

There are more and more companies and individuals posing as companies trying to scam consumers and clients on a daily basis. There are many ways to verify a company’s legitimacy and it’s important that you do so without taking it lightly.

Ways companies can prove their legitimacy:

  • Better Business Bureau accreditation and holding a high Better Business Bureau rating
  • Obtaining a business license and/or private investigation license in one or more states
  • Company works on a contingent basis and does not require you to pay them up front
  • Company has verifiable references and/or testimonials

Making the Final Decision

One last thing that’s important to consider is the knowledge and background of an heir finder before making your final decision. It’s not only important the company is experienced in escheated assets, but it’s also very important and very helpful when the company and/or heir finder is experienced in other areas as well. Other areas of expertise to consider would be genealogy, research, and customer service, just to name a few. When a company has multiple resources and multiple other areas of expertise, it’s more likely they can help you get the through the claim process and help you obtain the required documentation to prove your claim.

By Katelyn Kauffman, Case Manager at Lauth Investigations-Lost Assets Division

Corporate Due Diligence and Asset Searches in Litigation

Corporate Due Diligence and Asset Searches in Litigation

due-diligenceCorporate Structure

Unlike typical businesses or limited liability companies (LLC’s), corporations are structured differently and created under the laws of a state to establish it as a separate entity of its Board of Directors. Various forms of corporations exist and the actions of the corporate officers are governed by the bylaws of the entity.

Though not universal throughout the United States, one aspect of a corporation is in the event that a corporation fails, shareholders, may lose their investments, members may lose their positions and employees may lose their jobs but will not be held liable for remaining debts owed to the corporation’s creditors.

Corporations are generally accepted by law to have responsibilities similar to that of an individual and can exercise rights against other individuals and entities, and even be held responsible for violations and criminal offenses, such as fraud. Many corporations are created as entities of perpetual duration and can exist indefinitely until legally dissolved voluntarily by members or shareholders, statutorily, or by court order.

Corporate Litigation

Corporate litigation is a complex area of law that can include a variety of tort and contractual claims, such as breach of contract, fraud, infringement of intellectual property, and breach of fiduciary duties. Commercial insurance disputes can also be a source of litigation when an insurance claim is undervalued and denied as a fair claim requiring the claimant to sue to recover the amount they are entitled to. During any corporate or business dispute, it is advisable to attempt to resolve the dispute through negotiation or arbitration. However, if the dispute(s) cannot be resolved, litigation can be utilized to resolve the dispute(s).

Corporate Disputes and Legal Considerations

  • Employment Law Disputes
  • Corporate Contract Negotiation
  • Breach of Contract and General Contract Disputes
  • Payment Disputes
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Property sell and purchasing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Commercial Leasing Disputes
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Employee Fraud/Embezzlement
  • Corporate Partnership Disputes
  • Business Torts

Why Companies in Litigation Over 500K Should Conduct Asset Searches

When facing corporate litigation in excess of $500K, the decision makers of the corporation must take into consideration the cost of legal representation, if the defendant has assets and evaluate if the costs of litigation are worthwhile. A comprehensive asset search can quickly identify property that could be attached to satisfy a judgment if located or be used as a powerful negotiation tool between the parties prior to ever initiating a lawsuit. It is recommended any corporation weighing the pros and cons of pursuing litigation that may result in a judgment in excess of $500K first have an all-inclusive asset search conducted to determine if a judgment can be collected.

Private investigators and investigative firms have the capability of assisting a corporation even prior to initiating litigation by reviewing financial records, trace and discover fiscal misrepresentations, confirm accurate financial information and locate hidden assets enabling corporate representatives to make an informed decision whether to pursue litigation. If litigation is pursued, it becomes paramount to ensure the information collected is comprehensive and presented in an understandable and simplified form that will be admissible in court.

The Role of In-House Corporate Attorneys

An in-house corporate attorney advises corporations on the entity’s legal rights, duties and responsibilities of the corporate officers, along with ensuring all commercial transactions and contracts are handled legally. Corporate lawyers typically have experience and knowledge in licensing, contract and tax law, corporate structure, zoning, security law, accounting, intellectual rights, bankruptcy and any other laws specific to the companies they represent.

In-house corporate attorneys act more as facilitators and negotiators in the role of corporate transactions, reviewing and drafting documents, structuring deals and attending meetings. A corporate attorney’s duties can vary from acting in an advisory capacity to negotiating corporate mergers and acquisitions.

The Role of an Outside Civil Litigation Attorney

An in-house corporate attorney who primarily acts in an advisory and negotiation capacity, may determine that civil litigation is the only way to remedy a dispute. A civil attorney deals specifically with disputes between corporations and /or individuals and is a branch of law focused on representing those who compensation may be awarded. Civil litigation typically focuses on contracts, torts, and other disputes as mentioned above.

Civil law is different from other types of law as it is designed to ensure agreements are honored and settle disputes; in essence to ‘right a wrong’ and ensure the victim is compensated. In any type of case it is important for a corporation or attorney to conduct due diligence on the potential defendant before expending money and time in pursuing a claim that may never be repaid because the defendant has no assets, has minimized or successfully hidden assets.

The Role of Creditor Rights Attorney

Creditor Rights Attorneys represent creditors who are attempting to collect money borrowed and loans not repaid. While debtors are protected by the Fair Collections Practices Act, it is still necessary for the creditor to make every attempt to obtain a judgment requiring the debtor to repay the loan. Debt falls into two categories; secured and unsecured.

Secured debt is when a loan is secured with collateral with some type of property to ensure repayment should the debtor fail to make payments. An unsecured loan is debt that has no property or collateral to secure the loan, therefore if the debtor defaults the creditor must make attempts to collect the amounts owed. Repossession of secured personal property must follow State Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Creditor Rights Attorneys assist creditors with creditor litigation, liens, domestic and foreign judgments, garnishments and collection services.

Types of Services That Can Assist Corporations and Attorneys in Due Diligence Asset Searches Asset search companies and licensed private investigative firms that specialize in providing comprehensive asset searches can provide invaluable assistance to attorneys and corporations such as financial institutions, debt recovery units, government agencies, and private individuals in recovering assets.

Corporate Summaries identify corporate EIN, DUNS, estimated sales, and income; to include the number of employees, operating locations, employee profiles and structure of the potential target corporation.

  • Identify names of Officers and Directors and management teams of potential target corporation.
  • Identified potential target corporation’s clientele, nature of business and volume of business with each clientele.
  • Identifies potential target corporation’s vendors, suppliers, logistics and financial institutions.
  • Credit and payment analysis for 12-36 months to include creditors and debt amounts.
  • Search of court records.
  • Identifies all physical locations of potential target corporation and tangible assets and on-site physical confirmation of assets such as machinery and equipment.
  • Analyze annual production capacity.
  • Identify financial institutions, brokerage firms and off-shore assets.
  • Domain names, website traffic and domain’s estimated value.
Guidelines to Ensure You Are Working With a Licensed and Competent Private Investigator

Guidelines to Ensure You Are Working With a Licensed and Competent Private Investigator

pi-licenseAny time you hire an individual or company to provide a service whether it may be a simple home repair or as important as hiring someone to watch your children it is always a good idea to check the background of the business or individual you may be contemplating on hiring. This is also recommended as a good rule of thumb to also investigate the investigator when hiring a firm to assist you in any private investigation.

Commonly private investigators assist companies, individuals and attorneys with services that can identify, locate, analyze and verify information about personal, financial or legal matters. From providing employment verification to investigating identity theft, harassment and infidelity, private investigators also perform surveillance and conduct interviews when assisting attorneys in case preparation of civil and criminal cases.

Private investigators play an important role in ensuring facts are documented and presented in a legal manner acceptable by courts throughout the country.

Taking into consideration Federal and State Laws privacy laws, working with a licensed private investigator or firm is the first step to make certain that information and the manner it is obtained is legal, accurate and admissible in court. Many times private investigators must make judgment calls and vital you are working with individuals of the highest integrity.

Most private investigators have worked in the criminal justice field and some even former law enforcement. Despite credentials, it is important to verify the individual or firm you are working with is also licensed to carry out the work to be performed. Though not every state requires a private investigator to be licensed, doing some of your own footwork can ensure you are protected and even save you time and money.

For states that do require private investigators to be licensed, most require the investigator to be over the age of eighteen, a combination of education or work experience in the field of criminal justice. They must also pass a criminal history background check. For those who carry firearms, they must meet additional requirements. To verify the license of a private investigator or firm contact your state licensing entity.