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What is an Asset Search?

In our experience, "Asset Investigation" is somewhat of a generic term which encompasses different definitions.

One lawyer might  consider an "Asset Investigation" a search for a person's bank accounts.  

Another lawyer might consider it a review of a person's tangible assets  such as real estate and vehicles. 

Like the latter, we use  the term in the context an "Asset Investigation" is a search for the  person's tangible assets and liabilities. Tangible assets such as real  estate, business interests and vehicles; liabilities such as loans  encumbering real estate, current tax liens and pending lawsuits.

We prefer to call a  search for bank accounts just that – a "Bank Account Search." Similarly,  we call a search for a person's employment a "Place of Employment"  search. Both these items are treated as separate and individual  investigations

Asset Research

Before initiating any  type of asset investigation it’s important to discuss with the  investigator the expectations, goals and purpose for the investigation.  With the goal and purpose clearly defined, we can choose the best course  of research and investigation to achieve the desired result.

Of course, you can add  any other investigation component to our basic asset investigation. For  example, if you need the basic asset investigation to identify real  property assets and liabilities, but also need to know the current  employer, then we add a “Place of Employment” search to the basic asset  investigation at a discounted price.

Asset Check Cost

Budget consideration  also plays in an important factor in asset investigations. Not everybody  has the budget to conduct a comprehensive, all-inclusive asset  investigation. Then again, sometimes an all-inclusive investigation  might not be needed.

For example, there’s a  huge difference in content and price for an asset investigation  conducted to assess a subject’s financial worth BEFORE entering into  litigation; as opposed to an asset investigation conducted for  post-judgment collection purposes. In this example, bank account  information might not be relevant or even necessary to the  pre-litigation asset investigation.

We offer several  different levels of asset investigation, each structured to give you the  most research for your budget considerations. We suggest establishing a  budget, and within that budget amount we prioritize items you identify  as significant, and omit those you feel are irrelevant or less  important. This ensures we are focusing our time and energy on the  correct resources to find the answers you need.

And of course, as mentioned, a comprehensive, all-inclusive asset investigation is also available.

Beyond Basic Asset Investigations

There are also those  cases where traditional methods of asset investigation will not work.  Sometimes it’s necessary to engage other professionals who specialize in  finding hidden assets. Assets hidden in areas like offshore bank  accounts, nominee bank accounts, sham trusts, shell companies, fake  businesses, fake employees, fake vendors, tax refunds, insurance  policies etc.

Other times, human  intelligence and even trash runs might be necessary to uncover the  hidden assets, or at least leads to the assets. In those instances we  suggest calling our office to discuss the matter in detail.

Legality of Our Asset Investigations

Please note our asset  investigations are conducted by licensed investigators and are  considered “legal” investigations. They are conducted in compliance with  the provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB), the Fair Credit  Reporting Act (FCRA), and the California Consumer Credit Reporting  Agencies Act (CCCRAA).

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Our legal and "above  the board" Asset Investigations contain the following components, which  can be tailored or customized to fit your specific needs.

What You Get:

  • Complete identification of subject, includes:
  • Names -  First, Middle, Last Name Any known AKA’s Spouse name Date of Birth  Social Security Number Verification of Social Security Number Driver’s  License Number Possible Relatives Possible Associates Ten year address  history Reported phone numbers California Department of Motor Vehicles  Driving Record
  • Filings used to assess current, past or future performance:
  • Current  and Past Civil Litigation Search in Metropolitan area where your  subject resides. (In Southern California, includes Los Angeles, Orange,  Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura Counties)
  • Consumer Public Filings
  • Bankruptcies, Tax Liens, Judgments, Notices of Default
  • Business Filings:
  • Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Partnership Filings with the Secretary of State UCC Filings
  • Foreign Corporations
  • Board of Equalization Sales Tax Permits
  • ABC Permits
  • Fictitious Business Name Filings (Often referred to as “d.b.a.’s”)
  • Department of Consumer Affairs (Professional Licenses, approximately 96 Vocations)
  • Internet Domain Ownership
  • Ownership Filings:
  • County Assessor – Secured/Unsecured Rolls
  • California Department of Motor Vehicles Name Ownership Search
  • Watercraft including USCG Documented Vessels, Boats, Sea-Doos, Jet Ski’s
  • Recreational Vehicles including Motor Coaches, Motorhomes, 5th Wheel/Toy Box Trailers
  • Real Property - A comprehensive Statewide/Nationwide search, includes:
    • Name search
    • Spouse name search
    • Relatives name search
    • Reverse search by address Income property search
    • Vacation property search
    • Grantor/Grantee Index (Recorded Deeds, Trust Deeds, Reconveyances, Tax Liens, Judgments, Lis Pendens, etc)
    • Copies of all relevant Grant (Vesting) Deeds and Trust Deeds
    • Comparable Sales Equity Valuation
    • Assessor (Parcel) and Street Maps

Typical Cost of Asset Investigation $650 - $800*

* Depending upon degree of  difficulty encountered, options ordered, type of surname (common or uncommon name),  volume of information found, and other variables.