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Find People

If you need to find one or more people for a legal matter, you have come to the right place!    

  

Skip-tracing fees

 

$110.00 flat fee to search for one adult person in the United States, no guarantees (see below for the explanation)

 

$55.00 per hour if tasked with finding multiple parties for the same case (such as a missing client and three witnesses for a single civil matter)  As an example, I was once assigned to find seven parties for a case and the total was just over $300.00.

  

The easiest way to request assistance

 

I get it.  Attorneys are very busy and often have many things going on at once.  There is no need to play phone tag with me.  My present attorney clients seem to find my locating service to be very convenient and I have been working with some of them for more than a decade now.  This is how it works.                            

 

  • Save my email address under your favorites or keep my postcard or magnet handy.  I would be happy to send you a magnet if you don’t have one already. 

 

  • When you need to find someone for a case, send me a brief email such as; I need to find Witness John Smith for a civil suit, and then wait for my reply (usually within 24 hours).  Be sure that your name, firm name and contact information is included. 

 

  • In the next email include whatever information you have related to the person’s identity and last known whereabouts (full name, age or date of birth, last known address).  Information about the case itself is usually unnecessary.    

 

  • Searches are completed in the order in which I receive them.  Sometimes you will have results in just hours and it has never taken longer than a week.

 

  • The results will be conveyed to you via email and will often include additional potentially helpful information that I come across during the investigation.  As an example, I recently alerted an attorney to a divorce, bankruptcy and a foreclosure in regard to a party who was to be sued personally.    

 

  • I will attach the invoice to the emailed results.  There is a credit card option on the home page of this website if you prefer, but I mail a hard copy of the invoice within days if payment is not received.  A separate invoice is sent for each case to make the accounting easier on your end.                    

 

About my skip-tracing service  

 

During my eleven years as a private detective thus far, I have been tasked by attorneys from around the country with finding many hundreds of people ranging from missing clients and heirs to witnesses and defendants for civil and criminal cases.  These have mostly been what I would classify as low- budget investigations.  You probably have at least one case in your office right now that is on hold because neither you nor your very busy staff has the time to search for the involved parties. 

 

Low-budget searches are conducted remotely (see my strategy below) and sometimes include a phone call or two.  These parties being sought have often merely relocated without updating their contact information with anyone to include their own attorney, the post office and even the department of motor vehicles.    

 

For those who intentionally hide, it is rarely practical for an attorney client to authorize a costly endeavor to find them.  This would require repeated personal visits to multiple locations and probably lengthy surveillance at a minimum and this can sometimes cost thousands of dollars.

 

My strategy for finding people has evolved over the past decade into somewhat of a system.  I utilize numerous private fee-based, government and public information databases in addition to social media and the Internet in general.  Simply stated; I combine clues from various sources to find a paper trail that hopefully leads to the person being sought.  And very often I consult dozens of databases during the search for a single party.  The automated-robotic searches you find on the web typically use only a single database from my strategy and for this reason those results are often outdated by months or even years.  Although no one can guarantee that they can find everyone (not even the FBI!)… I can confidently say that I seem to average a success rate of 80 to 85% or better.  But please be aware that this is not a “No success, no charge” kind of an arrangement, because I put in the same time and pay fees regardless of whether or not I find the person, and many of the factors are not within my control.  Here is a short list of some of these factors that can lead to failure.

 

The party being sought moved between the time I found them and when the service attempt was finally made.  I often encounter cases in which the party has had more than five addresses in a single year.

 

The process server went to the wrong address.

 

The party to be served simply wouldn’t answer the door nor respond to messages left there.

 

The party answering the door lied to the process server.

 

The process server made little to no sincere attempt to actually serve the party, often relying on a name on a mailbox or a comment from a supposed unknown neighbor.

 

The party, for a variety of reasons, is intentionally avoiding service or contact.   

 

There are various groups of people that are typically more difficult to find than most others to include (1) People who are on the run from the law or avoiding debt collectors.  (2) People who are chronically delinquent with child support or taxes.  (3) People who are thought to be homeless.  (4) Those residing in medical or mental facilities.  (5) People who just moved recently, because it takes several weeks or months for most databases to update with new information.  (6) People who are in the military.  (7) People who are thought to be outside the US.  (8) People who are mentally ill or chronic substance abusers.  These groups are largely the reason that I only find 85% or so of the people I search for.

 

To do what I do, I had to be vetted to gain access to the latest information available such as through credit headers, and people in my business are legally required to comply with the GLBA (Gramm-leach-Billy Act), DPPA (Driver’s Privacy Protection Act) and the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).  It is also illegal to pay a police officer for information found in otherwise confidential law enforcement databases.  Depending on the purpose, there are limitations as to how far one can go to legally search for a person and many people have found themselves in hot water when they gained access to information they weren’t supposed to have.  That is a headache you don't need!

 

There are also myths out there about the kinds of databases that exist.  For example, many attorneys who call me are interested in the person’s place of employment.  Although I do occasionally find this during my lawful investigations, the IRS is the only organization that maintains an all-inclusive database on this topic, which is entirely off limits to the private sector.  Phone companies, medical facilities and companies, parole and probation and the like are bound by additional privacy laws that many are not aware of.  I know which information databases are helpful, lawful and appropriate. 

 

In closing, if due to a lack of time or knowledge you need assistance with locating a Missing Client, Heir, Witness or Defendant, I invite you to contact me at your earliest convenience to get started.