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    Legality of Digital Forensics Critical for Admissible Evidence

Legality of Digital Forensics Critical for Admissible Evidence

Right now there is a big controversy stewing regarding whether or not authorities have the right to seize computers at the borders of the United States. There is a “border search exception” regarding the seizure of physical objects from travelers and some say it should extend to computers.

The final decision on the legality and practice of computer forensic analysis in that situation is still pending. What is not pending is that in order to conduct a computer forensic examination or a cell phone investigation, digital forensics firms or labs must have either the permission of the owner, a court order or subpoena for the device.

That means that you cannot casually pick up someone’s phone, computer or tablet and bring it to a forensic computer [...]

Infidelity is Not Just in Marriage

When the topic of infidelity comes up, almost without pause, people think marital infidelity. Cheating wives. Cheating husbands. But, in reality, the potential for a cheating boyfriend or cheating girlfriend is just as, or more, likely. Perhaps it is because there is less of a commitment, less of a financial investment that secret affairs are really less discreet affairs.

Relationships between a boyfriend and a girlfriend can be as long-lasting and as intense as a marriage – and as difficult to break as a marriage. We know from experience here at International Investigators that these breakups can be as contentious as the most hostile divorce.

It’s not uncommon for our digital forensics and the cell phone hack detection or spyware detector services on computers to center [...]

Be Proactive When it Comes to a Fair Divorce Settlement

It’s not always at the divorce table that potentially ex-spouses try to hide money and assets from each other. No, at International Investigators we have learned that many married people have secret accounts and other financial activities that their spouse does not know about – sometimes even throughout the entire span of the marriage. Every marriage is different and each spouse is unique, so we don’t rule anything out.

In a divorce situation, attorneys generally pursue complete disclosure of the financial assets, but clients are forewarned to be proactive and expose any hidden money, locate hidden stocks or missing assets that should clearly be included in the deposition of assets in divorce.

Being aware of some of the methods and resources used by International Investigators, individual [...]

Deadbeat Dad Revealed Through Investigation

Soon after her husband started making lots more money in his business, he left Cathy with four very young children to raise alone. For nearly a decade, Cathy occasionally heard tidbits about him, that he visited his mother one afternoon or met an old friend for coffee. No one seemed to know where he lived. Cathy was always told that her ex-husband had likely lost his business since he no longer had an income. In fact, he was destitute.

But Cathy never believed these slivers of information. After all, she knew her ex-husband very well. She knew how much he enjoyed driving sports cars and dining out in popular restaurants. She knew he would never fare well without flaunting his fortune. All along, she suspected [...]

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    Be ‘In the Know” in the Beginning Because Breaking Up is Hard Enough

Be ‘In the Know” in the Beginning Because Breaking Up is Hard Enough

Have you ever heard the nursery rhyme about the little girl with the curl in the middle of her forehead? There’s a line that says:

When she was good, she was very, very good, when she was bad, she was awful!

Aren’t most things like that? People are happy and excited and get married, or go into business together and everything is roses, giggles and rainbows.

Then, when things get tough, it gets, well, awful. And much of the “awful” stems from one side of the differences being more aware or in control than the other. Let me explain.

Take a divorce situation first. For some spouses, it doesn’t matter what is in the bank account or what assets are where or whether there is retirement, life insurance, [...]

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    Investigators Provide Information and Evidence that Reduces Vulnerability in Divorce

Investigators Provide Information and Evidence that Reduces Vulnerability in Divorce

Mary’s attorney contacted International Investigators and explained that she was in the midst of a contentious high-stakes divorce proceeding. Several million dollars of her company's money was at stake.

When Mary met with the investigator, she held nothing back. She said Steve, her soon-to-be ex, had never been the kind of guy to break a sweat. He worked menial jobs for a while, quit, and vacationed until Mary threatened him with divorce. And then the cycle started all over again. She was tired of it.

For months, Steve had depleted joint bank accounts and had no explanation for what he did with the money. Mary surmised that he was hoarding as much cash as he could and he was hiding it because it was obvious – [...]

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    If You Think You Need to Talk to a Private Investigator, You Probably Should

If You Think You Need to Talk to a Private Investigator, You Probably Should

Years of experience has taught a few things to the professionals at International Investigators. And one of the top rules of thumb we encourage you to follow? Well, we suggest that if you're thinking that you should speak to a private investigator, chances are good that you should do exactly that.

In our business, we've often seen that when a person has a hunch, it's for a good reason. Even if you can't quite verbalize what you think is out of place or wrong or not honest, always listen to your intuition. In the opinion of International Investigators, that sixth sense or intuition or whatever you choose to call it … well, it's rarely wrong. Around our office, we have lots of respect for intuition. [...]

Child Custody Battles Don’t End with the Divorce

A decade ago, when Carlotta left her marriage with Ed, their only child was a toddler. There had been not child custody investigation or battle. Ed was given regular visitation rights in the divorce. Through the years, Ed had moved out of state to live with his parents and contact with the baby was sporadic. Actually, their child, Elicia, had seen her father less than five times in her entire life.

So, Carlotta was very upset when Ed's family filed suit against her for grandparents' rights. Ed's parents had seen Elicia even fewer times than her father had seen her. Carlotta was stunned that, all of a sudden, Ed and his parents had an interest in getting to know Elicia, who was now 11 years [...]

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    There is no Run-of-the-Mill or Routine in Good Investigative Work

There is no Run-of-the-Mill or Routine in Good Investigative Work

Ethics is a constant priority at International Investigators. Our professional reputation among law enforcement officials, government officials, lawyers and international business men remains untarnished. With every case we accept, our ethical pursuit of the truth is highly respected. Our clients never have to question the level of our confidentiality and integrity. They never have to question whether our investigative team has the skills to swiftly address the specifics of their case.

Variety is one of the reasons why International Investigators produces good results.

Some private investigators work on capital punishment and other criminal defense cases with defense attorneys.

Others investigate questionable insurance claims and overt insurance fraud.

Before the term 'no-fault divorce' entered the court system, investigators were often hired to provide evidence of extramarital affairs or other [...]

Cell Phone Forensics: We’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

When you’re talking cell phone forensics, a cell phone is a cell phone, right? Whoa! Nothing could be further from the truth.

The brand or manufacturer is one variable, but so is each model produced. So to say you have an iPhone is only touching the tip of the information that a cellphone expert needs to successfully complete a mobile phone forensic analysis. With the growing number of manufacturers and models, cell phone forensic tools must adapt and evolve as well. Sim card forensics from a year ago are not sim forensics needed in mobile forensic tools today to keep up with the new technology.

Of course, professionals on the cutting edge of cell phone investigation maintain not only a library of data mining software and [...]