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Does anyone owe you money? Are you in a business transaction where someone may owe you money soon? Asset searches make sure the borrowing party has the necessary assets to ensure you will be paid in full. Asset investigations occur daily to help individuals and companies satisfy their due dilligence, settle personal injury cases, collect debt, hire the right employee, and verify financial statements during a divorce or child support case.

What is an Asset Investigation?

Common Reasons for Asset Checks

Asset Search

  • Personal Injury Cases
  • Motor Vehicle Cases
  • Business Due Dilligence Compliance
  • Collection of Debt Matters
  • Colleting Unpaid Child Support
  • Divorce Cases

Asset investigations (a.k.a. Asset Search, Asset Check) involve a nationwide search of public records to locate personal property or real estate held by a person or corporate entity. These searches will uncover value and any potential liabilities tha may be tied to the property.

How Does an Asset Investigation Work?

Asset investigations can be completed in a number of ways, all focusing on pieceing together the puzzle of an indivdual or company's financial puzzle. Depending on why you need an asset check, the investigation can include a basic background check, a computer investigation, surveillance work, or a financial or business background check. Asset investigations basically work by uncovering exactly what sorts of collectible assets someone has. Whether you're investigating a business or individual, an asset investigator will determine how likely you are to get money in a court case. An asset investigation can also tell you how secure someone's assets are - before you trust a company or individual with your business.

Only an asset investigation conducted by a qualified private investigator can find out whether a business or person is using a fictitious business name, is using fraud, is hiding assets, or has multiple judgments or a track record of fraud against them. Knowing this can not only help you in court, but can also give you the information and facts that you need to do everyday business.

Types of Asset Investigations and What They Uncover

Corporate Asset Search

  • Real estate and deeds
  • Available mortgage information
  • Corporate Filings
  • Judgments
  • Bankruptcies
  • Federal and state tax liens
  • Corporate officers, members and other responsible associates
  • Dunn and Bradstreet records
  • IRS 500 employee benefit information
  • Uniform commercial code liens (UCC Filings)
  • Current contact information (addresses and phone numbers)
  • Registration information for any associated motor vehicles

Individual Asset Search

  • Real estate and deeds
  • Available mortgage information
  • Motor vehicle registration and liens
  • Watercraft registration and liens
  • Aircraft registration and liens
  • Judgments
  • Bankruptcies
  • Criminal Records
  • Uniform commercial code liens (UCC Filings)
  • Federal and state tax liens
  • A.K.A.s (also known as) or D.B.A.s (doing business as) of the individual

Other types of asset searches

Liabilities (judgment, liens and bankruptcy search), civil/criminal record search and missing person search. For more types of asset investigations, contact a private investigator in your area.

Do I need an asset investigation?

Here's a simple way to tell:

  • Are you employed? Do you own a business? Do you do any business with any companies or people? An asset check can let you know what a person's or company's assets are like. This can tell you what their financial status is. If you work for a company or doing business with someone, it is crucial to know the state of their assets. This is simply the only way you know whether someone is financially trustworthy or not.

  • Are you owed money? If yes, an asset check or asset investigation can tell you whether there's any point in going to court to get your money back. If someone has claimed that they cannot pay you, an asset investigation can tell you whether this is the case. If you want to go to small claims court or a collection agency, an asset investigation can tell you how many collectible assets of person or business has and where you stand in relation to other creditors who may be suing the same debtor.

  • Are you the victim of fraud? If someone is not paying you because they claim they do not have the money, an asset check can quickly reveal whether they are being honest. An asset investigation can give you the proof you need to show that someone has assets that they are simply not declaring.

We all do business with individuals and companies on a daily basis. Without understanding the state of someone's assets, there is no way of knowing whether we are being defrauded or not. Only an asset investigation by a qualified private investigator will tell you what you need to know about a business partner's financial state or about a debtor's real financial status. An asset investigation can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees and can give you the evidence you need to confront a debtor or company.

Use the search utility on the top of this page or select from a state listed below to find an investigator for an asset search, or give us a call at (888) 997-4669.

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