Asset Investigations

Standard Asset Investigation - One Individual $1,025

Requires full legal name and social security number. A current residence address is not required but could help in choosing local banks for the search so a locate investigation should be considered. 

In one state we will probe for real property and real property sold, lost or transferred in the last couple of years.  We will identify employment or primary business interest.  Conduct a standard bank search, identify corporate records, business names, uniform commercial code filings, judgments, liens, bankruptcies, foreclosures, evictions and relevant professional licensing. One first name alias can be included in the main research. Each additional first name alias is $150. Each additional surname alias will require an added fee of $275. A second state can be added for a fee of $750.

We reserve the right to limit results on common names. If a search results hundreds of records then we may limit results to county-wide or city-wide parameters.  Some of our databases refuse to provide any information when results reach a thousand records or more.  Usually, we will provide as thorough a search as possible within the budget and include a fee estimate in the report of the costs to obtain and review large database results.

We also include a preliminary database  vehicle ownership in many states.  Some states such as California are conducted directly with DMV and are limited to one name/address search combination.  Additional name/address combinations in California are available for $35 each in California.

Asset Investigation results that are prioritized in 4 business days costs an extra $300 plus $200 for the second state. The Pandemic has impacted turnaround time and not all inquiries may be completed by the rush deadline.  Some information may arrive a day or two later via a supplementary memo.

Standard Asset Investigation - One Business Entity $1,075

Requires full legal name and federal employment identification number. A current address is not required but could help in choosing local banks for the search. 

In one state we will probe for real property and real property sold, lost or transferred in the last couple of years. We will identify primary business operations. Conduct a standard bank search, search for corporate records, business names, uniform commercial code filings, judgments, liens, bankruptcies, foreclosures, evictions and relevant professional licensing.  Each additional tradestyle included in the research will add $250 to the fee. A second state can be added for a fee of $750.

We also include preliminary database vehicle ownership in many states. Some states such as California are conducted directly through DMV but are limited to one name/address combination. Each additional name/address combination costs $35 each in California.

Asset Investigation results that are prioritized in 4 business days costs an extra $300 plus $200 for the second state. The Pandemic has impacted turnaround time and not all inquiries may be completed by the rush deadline.  Some information may arrive a day or two later via a supplementary memo. If is necessary to develop the FEIN that will delay results another day.

Nationwide Asset Investigation - One Individual $2300

Requires full legal name and social security number. A current residence address is not required but definitely helps in choosing local banks for the search.  Nationwide we will probe for real property, employment or primary business interest, corporate records, business names, uniform commercial code filings, judgments, liens, bankruptcies, foreclosures, evictions and relevant professional licensing. In some states we provide a preliminary database vehicle ownership search.

We reserve the right to limit results on common names.  The nationwide effort is not a full search of public records in each and every state.  It is a suite of general national database searches supplemented with additional individual state agency record searches.  Some states provide little or no information on officers in corporate records to the public.  If the name is too common, then we will require an identification search to obtain an address history and date of birth to aid in the search.  The bulk of the efforts are focused on those states where the target has a history of activity.

We will probe nationwide the 40 largest nationwide banks dealing with the general public plus about fifteen local financial institutions where recent addresses were reported for the target. We focus on developing approximate balances and if required for levy, branch addresses.  If the target is active in several states then we may choose to only do 20 of the largest nationwide banks dealing with the general public and about thirty-five local financial institutions.  One first name alias can be included. Each additional first name alias is $300. Each additional surname alias is $700 each. A 5 business day priority turnaround will add $500. Not all inquiries may be completed by the rush deadline. Some information may arrive a day or two later via a supplementary memo.

 

Business Customers Probe - One business entity $650

Requires full legal name and current business address.  We research public records and conduct discrete inquiries to try and identify three to five of the largest customers. Normal turnaround time is ten business days. Five business day priority turnaround with an added fee of $300.

If you do not have the current business address than a Standard Locate Investigation is required with a fee of $225.

 

Nationwide Asset Investigation - One Business Entity $2400

Requires full legal name and federal employment identification number. A current address is not required but definitely helps in choosing local banks for the search.  Nationwide we will probe for real property and identify primary business operation.  Obtain corporate records, business names, uniform commercial code filings, judgments, liens, bankruptcies, foreclosures, evictions and relevant professional licensing.  In some states we provide preliminary database vehicle ownership searches.

We reserve the right to limit results on common names.  The nationwide effort is not a full search of public records in each and every state.  It is a suite of general national database searches supplemented with additional individual state agency record searches.  The bulk of the efforts are focused on those states where the target has a history of activity.

We will probe nationwide the 40 largest banks dealing with the general public plus local financial institutions where recent addresses were reported for the target. We focus on developing approximate balances and if required for levy, branch addresses. If the target is active in several states then we may choose to only do 20 of the largest nationwide banks dealing with the general public and about thirty-five local financial institutions.    Each additional tradestyle can be included with an added fee of $600. The tradestyle cannot be a separate legal entity. A 5 business day priority turnaround will add $500.  Not all inquiries may be completed by the rush deadline.  Some information may arrive a day or two later via a supplementary memo. If it is necessary to develop the FEIN that will delay results another day.

 

Business Accounts Receivables Probe - One Business Entity $1500

Requires full legal name and current business address.  We research public records and conduct discrete inquiries to try and identify three to five of the largest customers.  We then work to determine the current monies owed to the target firm. Normal turnaround time is twelve to fifteen business days. Six business day priority turnaround with an added fee of $400.

If you do not have the current business address than a Standard Locate Investigation is required with a fee of $225.

 

Business Customers Probe - Field Surveillance $1750

The two business customer probes above are telephone and public record research efforts.  The investigation can be significantly enhanced with two partial days of field surveillance.

 

Discount Asset Investigation - One Individual $475

Requires a full legal name and social security number.  In one state we will probe for real property, corporate records, business names, uniform commercial code filings, judgments, liens, foreclosures, bankruptcies and relevant professional licensing.  Can include one first name alias.  An additional surname alias will require an added fee of $225.  We can rush the results in 3 business days for a fee of $150.  This search does not include employment, banking or vehicles.

 

Discount Asset Search - One Business Entity $500

Requires a full legal name and current or recent business address.  In one state we will probe for real property, corporate records, business names, uniform commercial code filings, judgments, liens, foreclosures, bankruptcies and relevant professional licensing.  One tradestyle name can be included with an added fee of $250. We can rush the results in 3 business days for a fee of $175.  This search does not include employment, banking or vehicles.

 

Background Investigation $375 - $900

The basic background investigation involves the research of civil court indices, corporations, uniform commercial code filings, business names, judgments, liens, bankruptcies and identification databases.  It can also include criminal records, licensing, federal civil court indices, certified document retrieval and confirmation of business activities.  Inquiries and research can be structured to focus on pre-investment, pre-employment or before proceeding with litigation.

Important - Asset Investigation Parameters

All investigation fees are non-contingent on positive results.  Normal turnaround is now 9 to 12 business days due to the Pandemic.

We provide a flat-rate fee schedule to maintain a low-cost structure for clients.  To comply with these fees, we limit most database search categories to 10 to 15 years of data.  Initial research results are provided by online commercial databases. These searches allow us to access numerous categories of information in a cost-effective way.  In addition, the database companies have compiled the information to aid in locating relevant results.  One example is how the California Secretary of State can provide excellent details on corporate filings online but you must provide the name of the business entity.  There is no capability to request all corporations in California under the name of "John Doe" via the Secretary of State office. However, commercial database aggregators have downloaded the files and created name fields to search by president or registered agent name.  This gives us the ability to mine relevant filings for each case.  The downside is that glitches in software or mistakes in data management can create some inaccurate results. We cannot guarantee that our efforts will develop positive results in your matter.  However, we work very hard to try and identify relevant information and cases with negative results always require more effort on our part to make sure we are not missing significant data.

We reserve the right to limit research results when a very common name is the target.  Some of our databases will not provide hundreds and hundreds of results in one state.  Searches sometimes have to be limited by county or even city.  We strive to provide all known business affiliations and real property holdings within a targeted state.  But if we are retrieving a voluminous amount of  public records under the subject's name then we will not have the budgetary resources to supplement those results with additional database and Internet research to identify those filings that actually involve the target. These fees are fixed to provide clients with a limit on costs.  If too many records are found then a report with as much relevant data will be supplied within the budgetary limits of the assignment.  It will include an estimate of fees to continue retrieving all the relevant research.

Our definition of "primary bank affiliation" is the first banking organization where we develop deposit accounts. Our definition of "secondary bank affiliation" is the second financial organization where we develop deposit accounts. There is no way to predict where a target will maintain the most valuable deposit accounts and we do not guarantee our search will identify that relationship. However, in the vast majority of cases deposit accounts found at two different financial organizations usually include the most valuable deposit accounts. Most targets do not maintain deposit accounts with three or more banking organizations. If one is interested in searching and obtaining details on deposits at more than two banking organizations we can price the investigation for that purpose.

Standard Financial Searches are structured to identify up to two active banking affiliations.  It costs much less to probe an institution and find negative results than to develop active bank deposit accounts.  The cost in developing the account title, approximate balance, and branch address to effect a levy consumes much of the budget.  As bank deposit accounts are found fewer institutions are searched.  If the client is already aware of two banking affiliations and they are still active, then probing those two banks will consume the bulk of the budget.  One can either increase the budget so additional banks can be searched or bypass the two known banks so the original budget can focus on new banking affiliations.

Trusts require a separate budget.  If we are already searching under the individual's SSN and the trust uses the same SSN as the primary tax identifier, we can add the trust for an additional 50% fee.  One can try searching both under the individual's name and the trust name for one fee when they are using the same SSN as a tax identifier.  But we do not guarantee the results will be as comprehensive as when a separate budget is provided. If the trust is using a FEIN than a separate budget is required to search that entity.

When the husband and wife are ordered simultaneously you will receive a 12% discount on each fee and the results will be provided in one report.  Spouses have to be using the same surname and primary residence address to qualify.  Our asset investigations do not include skiptracing. Choose a state to focus the investigation. If you need a confirmed address then add the appropriate Locate Investigation. It will be discounted 25% when combined with a Banking/Employment/Asset Investigation.  The discounted locate fee cannot receive an additional 12% spousal discount.

All financial searches require a full legal name and social security number (SSN) or federal employment identification number (FEIN).  If you do not have the SSN the fee is $35 if you can provide the current or previous residence address and full name, otherwise the fee is $85 to $185 depending on the data you can supply us.  If you do not have the FEIN the fee is $150 minimum if you have a current or previous business address and full name.  Otherwise, the fee is $200 to $350 or more depending on the data you supply us and the state where the business originally filed registration.  The fee to develop a full legal name is $50 provided you can supply us with the appropriate address.  The fee to develop address data is $50 to $100.