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"I hired a Private Investigator who supposedly has 25 years of experience in the Greensboro area to locate someone and have them call me relating to a criminal case. This investigator dragged his feet for one month with no results. I called Graves-Wiley and Mr. Graves found my subject in 2 days! I appreciate your timeliness and professionalism."

— Attorney from Tallahassee, Florida

"I just wanted to let you know that I have settled my divorce case, and will not need you to testify. I want to thank you again for uncovering the truth about my ex. If I ever need any more investigating performed, I will certainly use your company again."

— Anonymous, Mississippi
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How to Hire A Private Investigator

A licensed investigator is a true professional who has worked hard to develop specialized skills through years of experience and many hours of training to achieve certification. While there are unqualified people out there who call themselves "private investigators," smart consumers should take time to do their research. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you compare options:

  • There are different licensing standards for private investigators in each state.

    For example, in North Carolina, you have to be licensed by the Private Protective Services Board, which issues each investigator a license as proof of certification. No matter what state you live in, there are similar requirements. Bottom line: Be sure your PI is licensed.

  • A true professional will have no problem providing certifications and proof of the training he or she has received.

    If an investigator claims to have expertise in a specific service, be sure that he or she has the documentation to justify the claim. Don't reveal confidential information to anyone who is unwilling or unable to provide proof of their expertise.

  • When choosing a private investigator, find out exactly what kinds of services he will provide.

    Be sure that the individual investigator you'll be working with is clear about what he or she can do for you, how records are maintained, in what manner and how frequently he or she will communicate with you, and so on.

  • Be sure that you have clear information concerning the costs associated with the services.
    Your PI should provide you with a written contract that is easy to understand and includes specification of any retainers required as well as an hourly rate for services. Sometimes an investigator can give you an estimate for a specific service. It is imperative that you have a clear understanding of the contract and billing to ensure that you receive the services you require at the price you expect.

Graves-Wiley IT Security & Investigative Associates of Greensboro, NC, is a team of licensed and trained private investigators who assist clients in High Point, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Durham, and surrounding areas with a variety of personal and corporate investigative and protective services. Call us today at 1-800-683-2173 to find out more about our qualifications and learn about how we can assist you.

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