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    And If Hiding Assets Wasn’t Bad Enough, He Also Bugged Her Phone

And If Hiding Assets Wasn’t Bad Enough, He Also Bugged Her Phone

It was on a rainy day in March when Cleo realized something just wasn’t right with her phone.  She had been on various websites throughout the day looking for ideas for her newest project and the phone kept getting bogged down; this was the way she described how slow the phone reacted to surfing the web.  She also stated at times the phone would get hot to the touch and the battery life kept getting shorter and shorter, even though she had made sure the battery was almost drained before charging it.

When Cleo brought the phone to our office she informed us she was in the middle of a child custody case and was sure her ex-husband had a hand in the mysterious events [...]

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    A Good Attorney Never Asks a Questions without Already knowing the Answer

A Good Attorney Never Asks a Questions without Already knowing the Answer

They depend on us, experienced private investigators, for the answers.   We are seekers of the truth, and that’s what the Judges and Juries want to know in order to make informed decisions.  Attorneys are only as good as the information they have to work with.   Sometimes their clients and the witnesses involved, have trouble providing exact accounts of pertinent circumstances involving the incident at hand.   Our databases and information sources are usually more sophisticated than the ones available to most law firm’s investigators and paralegals. In most cases, the information is obtained quickly.

Our investigators are equipped with high-tech video and audio recording equipment that can memorialize statements and activities for evidence.  We have specialists on staff that are experts in the field of computer [...]

Custody in Divorce or Change of Custody Investigation

Many times parents involved in a custody battle come to us and want us to prove their spouse is unfit to care for their children. And many times, that is the case, but we don’t report false information so that custody can be awarded to one party or the other. International Investigators, Inc only reports the facts. If you have been following our blogs, you know that we document our activity, we verify our information and we are constantly updating our software in our forensic field. We don’t for any reason report false information.

As a child custody investigator, it is imperative that our findings are reported as observed in a surveillance type investigation. Custody cases are delicate, the work conducted could possibly separate a [...]

February 22nd, 2017|Child Custody|

It Pays to go that extra step in Investigations

Hiding assets in divorce is probably the number one strategic plan of someone with wealth to do. Hidden assets can be money, property or anything of value you want to keep from your spouse. Good financial investigators can find hidden assets. An asset investigation begins with obtaining information from the Client on the Subject. Investigative companies are asset search companies as they have the tools to delve into someone’s financial profile. If you feel your spouse or significant other may be hiding parts of their financial wealth, the best avenue is to contact a company, like International Investigators, Inc.

Jackie was in the process of a divorce from her husband of 15 years. They were fighting over who was to retain custody of their three [...]

Investments aren’t always Investments

We have all thought “What would have happened….if”, and never gave it a second thought. But in our business, we never wonder “what would have happened” we think “what did happen”.

We had a Client whose best friend recommended an unusual investment opportunity to her. She had dabbled in gold dust outside of the US, specifically in Africa with a small Investment Company out of California and had some pretty good returns. She had been bragging about getting a 35% return on her initial investment of $20,000 and then a 20% return on her second investment as well. When she received her second check, she was asked if she knew anybody who would be interested in turning their dollars into gold, and of course she [...]

Finding Hidden Assets after a Relative Dies

A colleague was sharing a story the other day about an old women who was dying and had only a few weeks to live. However, the women absolutely refused to create a will or even reveal her assets to her family. Even though her children treated her well and never asked her for any money, she was convinced that if she revealed her financial situation that it would ensure her untimely death. While her family was in the process of paying her bills, they discovered a checking account that contained a significant amount of money. This made them wonder what other unknown assets their mother had that they didn’t know about.

Most people know it’s important to have a will, but many people never get [...]

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    Do You Suspect Assets are Hidden or Missing as You Face Divorce?

Do You Suspect Assets are Hidden or Missing as You Face Divorce?

Sadly, statistics reveal that more and more couples in their 50s and 60s are ending their marriages. This is such a prevalent occurrence that it has now been dubbed “gray divorce.”

In many instances, the wife has spent the marriage as a stay-at-home mother, also providing emotional support for her professionally busy spouse. Very often, in gray divorce, the wife is the identified victim, suffering long-term post-divorce financial struggles. Many of the women in these divorce situations have limited work skills and limited education. Their ability to grab good-paying jobs after divorce is fairly non-existent. Lack of education and job experience work against them, as well as their age.

A level of naivety is also seen among women in their 50s and older. For most, if [...]

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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    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 – [...]