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Practical Methods for Legal Investigations
Dean A. Beers, CLI
Visit www.PracticalMethodsForLegalInvestigations.com to order the hardcopy, eBook or individual chapters for reviews, research, instruction and investigations.
Professional Investigations: Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities
Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI
Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI
Visit www.ProfesssionalLocateInvestigations.com for details and to order this eBook.
This is an expanded and revised update to the 2006 original 'Professional Locate Investigations'. This is a simply, straight to the point, guide to learning to conduct any type of skip tracing investigation, and use those skills and resources to also conduct any type of background records check or investigation, as well as assets & liabilities records check or investigation.
Professional Investigations: Ethical Considerations for the PI (FREE)
Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI
Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI
This chapter of all of our books is so important to our profession that it is FREE! Download the version for your eReader at http://ethics.privateinvestigations.org
This is not the tell-all of ethics in the profession of private investigations. For that, please see the book by Kitty Hailey, CLI under the 'More Books' navigation tab from Amazon.
This covers some of the more basic principles of investigations and often forgotten issues. This has been reprinted in several state association newsletters and magazines.
Training and Education
Death Investigation for Investigators
Dean A. Beers, CLI, CCDI
Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI
This online continuing education was developed by death investigation subject matter experts for PIs.
Visit www.MedicolegalDeathInvestigations.com for details and ordering.
This continuing education based death investigation course is a basic introduction into the concepts of the official investigation of death, such as by a coroner or medical examiner office, and the role that the private investigator may play in an equivocal death investigation.
S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute
Offered by Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC in partnership with S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute. These courses are specifically geared for the busy working professional who doesn't have the time to travel or the time to sit in a classroom all day. For budget-conscious organizations, our online courses also offer a cost-effective way to train personnel without incurring travel expenses or lost productivity due to training time.
Visit http://s2institute.forensic-investigators.com for details.
Learn About the PI Profession
Be a Private Eye is the premier resource for private investigator training, information and education. This online private investigator course will teach you how to become a P.I.
Its an easy and inexpensive way for someone to find out what being a PI is about, what it takes to get involved and gets them started on the basics.
If you're interested in what it takes to be a PI, review a free chapter of this online course, developed by a PI for PIs
Visit http://pitraining.privateinvestigations.org for details and ordering.
Tools and Resources
Monthly Newsletter and blog of AFI-LLC
This newsletter is emailed monthly to subscribers. Each month are updates in the investigative profession, news of interest, and information about your association events and conferences.
View the archives and subscribe to receive the latest issue each month.
To subscribe - go to http://newslettersubscribe.forensic-investigators.com
The agency blog is updated weekly and monthly with tips, tricks and news at www.MedicolegalPI.com
Associates in Forensic Investigations LLC on Facebook!
Facebook is not just the place for personal social networking, but also business networking. AFI-LLC posts daily and weekly updates on news, information and resources for and from PIs.
theInvestigators Yahoo Group
A self-moderated group of professional investigators in the private sector. Those that cannot reach to that professional level will be warned and then removed, or suspended for a period of time.
This group is to network, build professional relationships, share stories and advice - all the things that listserves did many years ago, but has lost for various reasons. Almost any professional investigator is welcome - you must provide complete business and professional information (do I really need to explain this?). Email me privately if you have any questions or concerns. My only intent is for this to be a fair and supportive group.
To join - go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/theInvestigators/join
The Case File for Investigators
For all investigators and security personnel - private and public sector!
Detail, organization, standardization, and adaptability are requirements of any system designed to help investigators improve the efficiency of their efforts, to be more organized and professional, and to increase their financial bottom line. Designed by an investigator for investigators, "The Case File" more than meets those requirements.
Detail with Simplicity
Though forms-based, the "Investigator Package" is NOT a collection of random forms, but a comprehensive system composed of over 110 pages of detailed and professional worksheets and data forms that make up interrelated sections of a highly functional yet simple to use investigation / case management system.
The Attorney Case File
(and investigators or paralegals managing complex litigation)
The Attorney Case File System is the "Ultimate Case Management System" This product is the only one on the market offering full user customization in a three-component package focused on actual law office work and not just simple filings or invoicing alone.
Case / Client Workbook
The case revolves around the client and their needs. This workbook makes sure you gather every detail about your client, their needs, and every associated step, billable hour, and nuance of the case itself.
Many cases will involve an investigation. If you rely on in-house staff, this workbook is their "investigation in a box."
Regardless whether your day in court is a simple hearing or a criminal or civil trial involving a jury, the Trial Notebook will help ensure you have all details accounted for.
Your State Association
If you are a PI, security professional, process server, etc. - make sure you join your state association (any you work with). This is important if the majority of your networking and work is in-state, and it keeps you up on legislative issues in your state. If you're work includes other states, or you are licensed in multiple states, consider joining those also. Finally, don't just join - be active. The best learning and networking comes from meeting people in person at conferences in meetings. Together We're Better.
National Association of Legal Investigators
If you are a legal investigator - working cases for civil plaintiff or criminal defense, you should seriously consider joining the National Association of Legal Investigators. This is a group of seriously knowledgeable investigators, great networking and conferences. You should join your state association -- and a national association that includes your areas of specialty, NALI is for for you. Details are online at www.NALI.com. They are also on FB at www.facebook.com/NALIonline. Did I mention great people? Together We're Better!
National Council of Investigation & Security Services
If you are an investigator or security professional, being in business means keeping government out of our business. But, that won’t happen – so we are forced to work with legislators for to stop what negatively impacts us. NCISS is on top of that and supports both state associations and other national associations in these efforts. Please consider joining the National Council of Investigation & Security Services. This is a group of investigators and security agencies working together for our profession. They also have great networking and conferences. Like I said, you should join your state association, and a national association that includes your areas of specialty, and include the association that has been our support in DC for 35 years. Visit them online at www.NCISS.org – Together We're Better!
World Association of Detectives
If you are a private investigator or security professional - working cases for civil, criminal, probate, insurance, missing persons, domestic, surveillance, etc., you should seriously consider joining the World Association of Detectives. This is the oldest and largest group of international professional investigators with extensive networking reach and a conference annually at an exotic international location and a second in the United States. Our profession is more than just in the United States – it is ‘Beyond Global’ (the quarterly association magazine). Details at www.WAD.net. They are also on FB at https://www.facebook.com/pages/World-Association-of-Detectives – Together We're Better!
All professions and occupations have specialties – and professional investigations is no different. To learn and network in your specialized areas you should consider associations that for your expertise. This includes fraud, fire, social work, etc. This may also include causes that you believe in for the work you do – such as charities, innocence projects, etc. We are part of the National Association of Medical Examiners, National Defender Investigators Association, Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council, International Association for Identification, Mensa and National Association of Professional Women. Our profession is more than investigations – it is about expertise, learning and networking – Together We're Better!
Two highly recommended for criminal defense investigators are: Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (CDITC) and National Defender Investigator Association (NDIA).
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