Pre-Litigation Asset Search
When you want to file a lawsuit, it doesn’t matter how much you testify to the facts of the case, evidence is necessary. Attorneys regularly call on private investigators to support the intelligence their research has already uncovered. In some instances, the conclusion will be that a lawsuit isn’t worth your time, money, or effort. Save yourself the expense of hiring an attorney and start with your own private pre-litigation asset search conducted by the experienced, licensed investigators at ASG Investigations. Find out, before you take legal steps, whether the lawsuit is worth pursuing at all.
The Importance of Conducting a Pre-Litigation Asset Search
You have your reasons for wanting to file a lawsuit. Often, people want to get justice, to see that the person responsible for the things that have hurt them is properly punished. Just as often, lawsuits are filed to get compensation for an accident, injury, or wrong. But if the person you’re suing doesn’t have any assets to give, is it worth the fees you will pay to an attorney if, ultimately, no money will be recovered?
You may believe that the person you want to sue has money to spare, but their bravado and appearance may hide the real story of their financial standing. Through a thorough pre-litigation asset search, you can find out the truth behind their finances and uncover hidden assets.
Most importantly, a professional asset search identifies where you might fall in the debtor’s list of payments owed. If you feel you have been wronged and want monetary compensation, your target’s existing liabilities and lack of funds to pay them mean you’ll be in the red for your own attorney’s fees with nothing to show for it other than a symbolic win.
What Can a Private Investigator Uncover in a Pre-Litigation Asset Search?
If your potential target suspects that they will soon be on the receiving end of a lawsuit and know you will be seeking money, they may attempt to conceal or move some of their assets. Through a pre-litigation asset search, you will find out the truth about their personal and business assets, including:
- Homes or other real estate.
- Motor vehicles, including boats and planes.
- A trust.
- Corporate affiliations.
- Shell companies.
- Brokerage accounts.
- Retirement accounts.
At the same time, liabilities will also be uncovered. You may discover that your debtor has:
- Other civil litigation in progress.
- Judgments against them.
- Tax liens.
When you know what you’re up against, and whether there is any financial gain to be had, you can make an informed decision about whether your best move is to file a lawsuit or let your matter go. Rely on the resources and abilities of a private investigator to give you accurate information about your debtor.
What You Need to Know About Your Debtor?
Whether you are suing a person or business, you know what you want – financial recourse. What you need to know to determine whether a lawsuit is worth your while is the following:
- What are their tangible assets?
- What are their intangible assets?
- Can you collect from them?
- Is it possible for misappropriated funds to be recovered?
- Is there capital to support a loan?
- Can assets be authenticated prior to a merger or acquisition?
- Can funds be recuperated?
Even if your pre-litigation asset search does reveal significant assets, enough to make it seem like your lawsuit is worthwhile, you still might never see a penny of what any judgment may deem you to be worthy of. Filing a lawsuit that has money at the heart of it is always a risk. All you can do is go into your decision knowing as much as possible and being aware of all potential outcomes. A private pre-litigation asset search conducted by a trained investigator will give you the information you need.
Hire ASG Investigations to Conduct a Pre-Litigation Asset Search
Make the smart choice: Hire a private investigator to do a pre-litigation asset search so you have all the information you need when going to an attorney for a consultation about your potential case. At ASG, our investigators are thorough, discreet, and ready to aid you in your pursuits. Contact us today to learn more about our pre-litigation asset searches.