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The Attorneys Private Investigator

By Chris Loomis, P.I. 2010 Chris Loomis & Chris Loomis Consultations The successful results achieved by competent attorneys in litigation, client representation or negotiations, et cetera are a culmination of collaborative efforts orchestrated by counsel, support staff and independent experts. Counsel analyses and uses the information provided from resources that are deemed supportive of achieving the desired outcome. The strength and effectiveness are sometimes dependent on the vigilance and expertise of in house support staff, adjunct experts; especially Private Investigators. Behind every good attorney is a good private investigator. The relationship is built on trust, honesty and confidentiality. Attorneys are adept at representing clients, filing the necessary motions in courts, negotiating issues, et cetera, but not in doing in depth investigative background checks, surveillance, locating witnesses, conducting field interviews, finding assets for judgments, investigating fraud, all things that a competent Private Investigator is proficient in doing and it augments the effectiveness of counsel by having the most timely, essential, relevant and pertinent information to formulate a position for representation. A good Private Investigator can provide answers by utilizing surveillance, discreet interviewing of neighbors, accessing confidential databases and hitting the streets to implement good old fashioned gumshoe investigative techniques. Private Investigators are ethical professionals who usually utilizing expertise, knowledge and competency acquired in former careers and diverse industries, (for example) Law Enforcement, Journalism, Insurance Claims Investigation, et cetera. This diversity enhances the effectiveness of the private investigative industry collectively and creates better value to prospective attorneys seeking resolutions to problem affecting their clients. The utilization of Private Investigators by Attorneys can be beneficial depending on the quality of the information acquired, the legality of its acquisition and the disposition of its content. The Attorneys legal knowledge is paramount in defining parameters of investigative services, but the procedures and techniques used are dependent on the legal and investigative knowledge of the Private Investigator. This magnifies the significance of the credibility, honestly and professionalism of the Private Investigator because the fact that work is done on behalf of hiring attorney makes the attorney substantially responsible for investigators actions and adherence to procedural law. Both professionals reputations are on the line and nothing should be done to jeopardize or undermine its characterization.
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Information in and of itself though valuable, unless it is contextualized and presented appropriately will not achieve the objective for which it was acquired. Herein, the Private Investigators ability to professionally present testimony in court is crucial. All the characteristics of a competent professional are desirable in this venue and it is the responsibility of counsel to prepare the investigator for formal testimony and preparation for cross examination by opposing counsel. The delivery of information in court will effectively convey the facts and circumstances deemed essential to the case and counsels reliance on investigators testimony. It is something that should never be underestimated. The normal protocol of appropriate attire, demeanor, preparation, et cetera is also recommended. This is a coordinated effort to present an intelligent, knowledgeable and truthful experts representation or maybe recollection of facts, circumstances or opinions that will assist the Trier of Facts to make an informed decision. The relationship between an Attorney and their Private Investigator as stated earlier is predicated on trust. A professional Investigator will not compromise this trust and will always act in the best interest of the Attorney as long as it does not conflict with the law. However, in a relationship between two ethical professionals the issue of legality of action will not normally be an issue unless ignorance of the legality of the action is a factor. The combined knowledge of the Attorney and Private Investigator should substantially be able to mitigate the possibility of that occurring.

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REPRINT POLICY: This article is 2010 by Chris Loomis, P.I. It may be reprinted and distributed, without permission, only in its original condition and without any alteration or revision. All hyperlinks, business, and/or personal contact information must remain intact, and as is to avoid copyright infringement.