a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, and a great 2017!
We have brought answers to families seeking closure, and assisted attorneys in bringing their clients the strongest legal investigative and expert consultation skills and experience in traumatic Personal Injury, Negligence and Death / Serious Bodily Injury in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation. We also found a growing and renewed interest in our Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities investigations.
This month we are featuring the promised resources:
Time is Money - Multi-Tasking is Time Recovered!
Time is Money - Multi-tasking is Time Recovered
Time, education, training and experience are the key to the success of every professional - and professional investigators are one of the unique professions for this - together with attorneys, doctors, accountants and others.
We strive for more education and training, each passing day is another day of experience. However, time is a commodity which is a constant - it passes and renews each day. Time is never shorter or longer - unless we waste it or creatively make time our partner. Our time is either productive or not; billable or not.
Over the last 29 years we have seen many time-savers come and go. Some save time, others seem to take more time. From templates to texting, for better or for worse, technology is with us and impacts us 24/7. When Dean started the agency, in 1987, he had an answering machine which notified a beeper and then he used payphones or courtesy phones to return calls from the field. Later would come a fax and text paging - then email, followed by cell phones and mobile computing. By 1995 a complete mobile office as needed and Dean had mobile technology before law enforcement. From late 2012 through early 2015, while traveling in our RV, we learned how to be more mobile, more paperless, and more creative with our time.
What have we done to be more efficient?
Please visit this detailed article at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/time-is-money-multi-tasking-is-time-recovered
-- Wishing you a Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah!
-- NEW article - Time is Money - Multi-Tasking is Time Recovered!
-- Agency News and Updates
- Analyzing the Death and Investigation of Justice Antonin Scalia
- Special Announcement - Dean Beers Elected NCISS President 2016-2017
- NALI Editor Publisher Honorable Mention Award
- Investigator Ethics Involving Social Media
- GIMG.tv Facts & Forensics
-- Tidbits from Our Profession
-- Associations and News of our Profession
- News from PPIAC, NALI, NCISS and WAD, and your association news!
-- From the News
- 20 Ways to Bring Your Investigative Game to the Next Level
- Legal Basis in Family Law Investigations
- Private Investigator Rates in Colorado
-- Closing Thoughts - Thank You and see you in 2017!
-- AND MORE!
Together We're Better - Together We Make the Difference!
Associates in Forensic Investigations LLC is a Rocky Mountain West Agency owned by Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI and Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI.
We provide Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injury, Negligence & Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation. We are Subject Matter Experts in Equivocal Death Investigation and Analysis, Medicolegal Investigations of Death and Serious Bodily Injury.
Based in the Rocky Mountain West, we provide expert consultations nationally. Learn details at www.DeathCaseReview.com
Here is a video explaining what we do and why - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgsvtbSk8fg
Commentary from the blog archives of AFI-LLC - www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog.html
Keep up with the current events of our agency and profession through our blog. Dating back to the fall of 2011, there are dozens of articles, tips and resources for professional investigators.
Analyzing the Death and Investigation of Justice Antonin Scalia (from 2/22/2016)
With the recent death of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (02/13/2016), and the questions surrounding it, a real-world understanding of death investigations is needed. Death investigation is not limited to homicide investigations, and is best conducted by trained medicolegal death investigators overseen by a forensic pathologist. What makes us qualified to evaluate the death and investigation, as reported, of Justice Antonin Scalia? Below is a summary of our experience, with a detailed experience following this article.
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/analyzing-the-death-and-investigation-of-justice-antonin-scalia
Special Announcement - Dean Beers Elected NCISS President 2016-2017 (from 4/17/2016)
Dean most recently served as 1st Vice President, and previously as both 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents, as well as Secretary, Regional Director and Membership committee during his membership with NCISS.
NCISS Wunder Award
In addition to his election as NCISS President, Dean was also the recipient of the The Wunder Award (2nd highest NCISS honor). He has previously been the first recipient of the 3rd highest honor, The Vinson Award.
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/special-announcement-dean-beers-elected-nciss-president-2016-2017
NALI Editor Publisher Honorable Mention Award (from 5/12/2016)
Our agency is very proud to announce that NALI has, for the third time, honored Dean with a publisher's award. This is a great honor to be recognized by your peers. This article will be in a future edition of Dean’s next legal investigation book. His current book - Practical Methods for Legal Investigations: Concepts and Protocols in Civil and Criminal Cases was published by CRC Press in February 2010 - www.PracticalMethodsForLegalInvestigations.com.
“An Expert Consultation May Save the Day” was published in the Fall 2015 issue of The Legal Investigator, official journal of the National Association of Legal Investigators. Dean is also a co-editor for the Forensic Focus section.
Continued at www.deathcasereview.com/afi-llc-blog/nali-editor-publisher-honorable-mention-award
Investigator Ethics Involving Social Media (from 7/18/2016)
Emerging technologies - from drones and GPS to social media and cloud storage - they may help or hinder our investigations, and become the subject of laws, regulations and ethics. Ethics are the moral fiber of a profession. Ethics are not optional - they are as required as laws and regulations - and violating them may lead to administrative punishments from fines to license revocations. The actions of a private investigator, particularly when retained by an attorney, are guided by our own ethics and that of attorneys - and any violations can impact the attorney. Ethics are promulgated by the American Bar Association, and also by the individual state bar associations. It is important to know those applicable to the states in which you conduct business.
Each month Dean host a podcast featuring topical information in the areas of legal investigations and forensic investigations. He is joined by his wife and business partner, Karen for 'Conversations with Karen' on special topics of interest. Dean closes each episode with a 'Special Guest' who is an expert in a forensic specialty. Tune in this, and every, month!
All shows are posted at http://gimg.tv
We believe that medicolegal investigation and consultation is a team effort. Stephen Cina MD, Harold Schueler PhD, and our agency are affiliated as experts in our respective fields offering our clients comprehensive medicolegal services.
Dr. Cina has returned to Colorado and is the former Chief Medical Examiner of a large metropolitan area in the upper mid-west. Dr. Schueler is the Chief Forensic Toxicologist of a large mid-Atlantic metropolitan area.
Contact our office to consult on medicolegal death and injury causation. The CVs of both Dr. Cina and Dr. Schueler are available by Contacting Us
We are proud of our working relationship with Dr. Cina, since 2002 and Dr. Schueler since 2010.
Lobbyit's November activity consisted almost entirely of talking to numerous congressional offices about what would happen as 2016 comes to a close, and what we might expect in early 2017.
As NCISS members know quite well, many of our primary policy concerns related to a series of Department of Labor rules (Overtime, Persuader, Micro-Union, Joint Employer, etc. - all the subject of earlier NCISS dispatches).
What is clear for next year, however, is that legislation is going to move. In most cases, these measures will be wide ranging and complex, like an overhaul of the tax system.
As such, the coming Congress presents both promise and peril. While NCISS might see problematic issues like data broker and gun regulation recede from the agenda, much legislation will be moving, which presents both opportunities to add NCISS priorities, but also the surety of the law of unintended consequences. NCISS and Lobbyit will be busy scouring these legislative materials to ensure that provisions don't pop up which could inadvertently hurt our profession.
Please see the full Lobbyit Monthly Report for November at http://conta.cc/2gPkQPj
NCISS Legal Alert - Overtime Rule Blocked!
Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas imposed a nationwide injunction against the Obama Administration's "overtime" rule (the subject of prior NCISS issue alerts). Judge Mazzant held that the Labor Department regulation exceeded the authority granted it by Congress, which he said gave Labor the right to define which workers are considered salaried but only based on the duties they performed, not by how much they made.
This full NCISS Legal Alert is available at http://conta.cc/2ggBg2W
Professional Private investigations Association of Colorado ( www.PPIAC.org) Monthly meetings are the first Wednesday of each month, usually in the Denver metro area. PPIAC will begin holding training sessions specific to the new licensing program.
Elections were held at the November annual meeting, we congratulate the following:
- Board Chairman - Steve Davis
- President - Ryan Johnston
- VP of Membership - John Castellano
- VP of Training - Stason Ikenouye
- VP of Legislative Affairs - Andrea Orozco
- Treasurer - John Morris
- Secretary - Jennifer Brown, JD, CLI
- Sr. Board Member at Large - Heather Cohen
- Sr. Board Member at Large - Bob Wall
- Sr. Board Member at Large - Rodney Gagnon
- Sr. Board Member at Large - Tan Smyth
- Associate Board Member at Large - Annie Shay
National Association of Legal Investigators (www.NALI.com)
NALI is the premier association for legal investigators for civil plaintiff and criminal defense, and oversees the prestigious Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) program. Experience is required to join and all members are subject to a background check.
The current issue of NALI's official journal - The Legal Investigator - is now available online at www.nalionline.org/publications.htm
National Council of Investigation and Security Services (www.NCISS.org)
Each day we find an increasing number of problems confronting the orderly growth of our profession. These problems include, among others: overly restrictive legislation regarding training and standards, proliferation of legislation requiring local licensing, public misunderstanding and misinformation on the role and contribution of private investigators and security services, and an uninformed media. It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.
The current issue of NCISS's official journal - Your Advocate - is available online at www.nciss.org/your-advocate
World Association of Detectives (www.WAD.net)
W.A.D. is a global alliance of investigators and security professionals with origins dating back to 1921 and formalized in 1925. W.A.D. is the longest established and largest association of its kind in the world.
Karen is the W.A.D. Administrative Manager, and Dean is the Governor of the Americas (North, Central and South America). Together we work to further the mission of W.A.D. and provide resources to clients needing assistance in these regions. The W.A.D. magazine,
The current issue of WAD's official newletter - Beyond Global - is available online at www.wad.net/newsletters-beyond-global
Additional memberships include FALI, TALI and CALI state associations, as well as specialty specific national associations (see below). If your association has news, please send it to us for inclusion in our newsletter.
- 20 Ways to Bring Your Investigative Game to the Next Level
20 concise points - a good read, all very good advice from Brian Willingham is obsessed with self-improvement. Maybe we all should be. His tips for staying sharp in a competitive field at http://pursuitmag.com/20-ways-to-bring-your-investigative-game-to-the-next-level
- Legal Basis in Family Law Investigations
Private investigators oftentimes have the stigma of taking on any case for any reason. Advanced Professional Investigations has worked hard to change that perception through educating the public and clients on what a professional investigator does and how we think. We do, however, still get the calls from individuals that want their husband or wife followed to see if they are cheating or find out if we can bug their cell phone or computer. In our office, the protocol is to determine if the case has a legal basis or is purely need to know. As Colorado is a no-fault state for divorce, the only time we accept a domestic case is if there is an attorney involved and if the attorney feels our help is not only warranted, but also beneficial to their legal case.
Continued at www.advancedprivateeye.com/news/legal-basis-denver-co-family-law-investigations
- Private Investigator Rates in Colorado
Having worked full time as a Colorado private investigator for nearly 15 years, and for over 10 years as a business owner, I’ve been able to experience the ebbs and flows – the ups and downs of the profession. Over those 15 years, I’ve had the opportunity to network with hundreds of practicing private investigators, both full-timers as well as part-timers, and I’ve also guided aspiring private investigators who were looking at gaining entry into the profession. Those hundreds of PI’s that I’ve met have come from many walks of life. Some had prior law enforcement or military experience. Others came into private investigations with criminal justice, investigative journalism, or even law degrees under their belts. Still others started out by taking an online private investigations course, or perhaps attended one in person. Others were introduced into private investigations having had no previous exposure to any type of investigations.
Continued at www.advancedprivateeye.com/news/private-investigator-rates-in-colorado
Skills Appropriate for the Assignment
Law firms and medical offices specialize - Professional Investigators also specialize. Their casework and continuing education should also be in your specialized areas.
Experience and Knowledge
Professional Investigators strive to maintain and further these. All professions have requirements of continuing education. The CLI and CCDI programs both require extensive compliance with continuing education.
Responsible and Ethical Conduct
Every component of the investigation has evidentiary considerations. Professional Investigators hold themselves to a higher standard and leaves no question as to the admissibility of their evidence. Information without ethics is not evidence.
Professional Investigators maintain communication with the attorney, client, witnesses, and other key persons in the investigation. Moreover, reports are the product of an organized investigation and should reflect the work product you expect.
Keyword - 'Professional'
Honesty, Integrity & Intelligence. These define Professional Investigators and gives you the confidence that your case is in competent and skilled hands.
Thank you for being part of our family - many from our earliest beginning to those joining us this year!
Our passion is working with attorneys, PIs, and families.
See you in 2017!
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Specializes in the Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injuries, Negligence and Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation.
We provide investigations and consultations of any death or serious bodily injury case nationwide with the conveniences of modern technology and assistance of our local professional friends and colleagues.
In addition, we continue to provide Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities for your Civil, Criminal, Probate and Domestic Relations litigation. Additional information at www.deathcasereview.com/general-services.html
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Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI and Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI
Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC - Associates@DeathCaseReview.com
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