Sooner or later, there may come a time when you want to hire a NY Private Investigator. Regardless of the reason, you will want to consider a few things prior to hiring a specific investigator. Read on to find out what you will want to consider.
1. The PI’s Experience- Before you hire a private investigator, make sure you consider their experience because the last thing you want is to hire an inexperienced PI to take on your case. Find out what kind of education and experience the PI has and find out if they have experience working on cases that are similar to yours. If possible, learn about what happened in those cases or if they successfully handled those cases. Generally speaking, the more experience and education an investigator has, the better off you’ll be if you hire them, but when it comes to this industry, the experience is far more important than education.
2. Check Their Record- If a private investigator has a bad record, then you shouldn’t hire them because this could be bad news. A reputable and ethical PI will have a clean record. If a PI refuses to show you proof of their record or you don’t take them at their word, then research who their association of private investigators are. The association should be able to tell you about the record of the investigator in question.
What you want to look for is if any complaints were filed against the PI. Find out how many complaints were filed and what were the nature of those complaints. Also, find out if the PI was subjected to any disciplinary actions.
3. Do They Have An Office- Any reputable and good PI will have an office or a place of business and if they don’t, then don’t hire them. You do not want to hire someone who claims to be a PI, but they operate out of their home, has no credentials or have no proof of their record because the chances are they will scam you or provide you with sub-par service. However, if a PI has a home office and they are willing to meet you there and you get a good vibe from them and everything looks legit, then consider hiring them.
4. Will They Testify- Depending on the nature of your case, you may want the PI to testify in court and not all PIs do this. Before you hire one, think about your case and whether or not there’s a possibility that you will have to go to court. If there is a chance, then only hire a PI that is willing to go to court to testify and find out if that is included in their fee or if you’ll have to pay extra.
Hiring a private investigator is a big deal. This is why you want to take your time and hire the right one. The above things should help you find a good PI. Make sure you keep those things in mind before you hire one.