We are all ready to put 2020 behind us – it was not the ‘2020’ vision we asked for at the beginning of the year!
There are lessons to be shared and learned, for any business and areas of business. In the areas of jurisprudence and investigations those were as varied as the areas of investigations – from criminal defense and civil litigation, to individual locates and backgrounds, and even surveillance to due diligence. What we did know was Experience is Prepared. Being able to adapt quickly and seamlessly for clients was important.
Having started at a time when advanced technology was an answering machine and a beeper, and office equipment was a word processor and fax machine – and knowing where to find what the client needed was important. The resources so very common today – online records from state and local governments, and private resources aggregating records – did not exist. We had to know who to call and where to send requests, by mail, and receive them in a timely manner. Providing uninterrupted services to clients – or at least uninterrupted on our end, and navigating interruptions on the other, is why clients turn to us. A new sense of ‘patience’ was re-learned, as was using the phone and mail more. We fielded calls from other investigators in this business less than 10 years who were literally lost on what to do. Some of our clients asked if we would still be able to handle the task – absolutely!
Although patience was needed as many things were slower, those are almost to normal – and we are always prepared with the experience of boots on the ground and technology. It will take more than an inconvenience to disrupt the important work we do for our clients.
As most civil cases are held over to 2021, and anything not of time-sensitive necessity in criminal cases was on hold, what could be done? Prepare! This is the first step in our Practical Methods for Legal Investigations. Nothing else happens if we are not prepared. Witness interviews are still conducted – and reaching witnesses has never been easier, and will be for the upcoming future. Depositions can be prepared for. Witnesses can be located, and background investigations completed. Negotiations for pleas and settlements can enhanced with pre-litigations investigations.
Now is the time to find witnesses, find assets & liabilities, and build up case dossiers which will have impact in the beginning of 2021 when negotiations, filings, hearings, and trials begin anew.
Together We’re Better
With a personal network of over 2,000 known investigators nationwide, hundreds internationally – and many more through state, national and international associations instantly available – we have continued to help clients and colleagues find assistance at any time where needed – even if it is not us directly. The ability to work with clients and meet their needs without interruption or delay has always been our goal.
Being prepared to do so, and with the education, training and experience our clients and colleagues have expected and received for over 30 years is rewarding. Being part of the support of a large network of thousands will always be who we are.
To our clients and colleagues – we wish each of you and your families the best as we begin to put 2020 behind us and look to 2021. Now is the time to prepare and we have the experience to work with you in making 2021 successful for you and your clients.