Reuniting with your family members can be a difficult and arduous journey. For some, the search is simple, quick, and easy. For others, it is a process-a long process, at that. Whether hiring a private detective is the first option on your list or the last option, here are some common questions to inquire about before settling on one private detective over another.
What resources will be used? Find out what methods he or she regularly employs to get the job done. Are you comfortable with all the methods or resources that may be used? Your private investigator should be able to talk in depth about each resource. Not only should you be comfortable with it, he or she should also be confident in each method.
What is your success rate? This is a natural question to ask, so don’t be embarrassed or hesitant to bring it up. Once he or she gives you a percentage or statistic, ask for references. Your personal investigator should not hesitate and be more than willing to provide you with names of numbers from previous cases.
If you are not successful, will I be charged a discounted rate? Does the provider have a “No Find, No Fee” policy? Some will and some won’t offer discounted rates, while others won’t charge you at all unless your search is successful. Whether you agree with this or not, it is best to be clear about expectations before entering into any agreement.
What is your experience level? How long have you been reuniting birth families and adoptees, specifically? Ask for specifics-perhaps even details on past cases: how long it took, the average cost, and so on. It is not unreasonable to also ask for references from past clients and while this can be a useful tool when selecting your paid searcher, it’s also a good idea to talk to and get feedback from others who have used the service, but haven’t been provided as a reference.
All in all, it comes down to research. Take the time to find the right private investigator for your search-one that you feel comfortable with and one that you trust. Be sure to ask any questions that come to your mind. It is essential that you have all the details and information before narrowing it down to your last choice.