April 2016
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The National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) will host its annual conference in Atlanta, April 28-30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Midtown. A pre-day seminar on "Cyber Intelligence" on April 27 is free to those who attend the conference. On Friday, April 29, the "Exponent Day" will feature sessions by the forensic engineers and scientists of this well known consulting and research firm. Continuing education credits have been granted for attorneys, paralegals and legal investigators from Georgia and surrounding states. Complete conference details can be found at www.nali.com. Early registration rates end on April 7. Trace Investigations' owner, Don C. Johnson, CLI, is National Director of NALI. If you any questions, contact Don at don@traceinvestigations.com.


A man with money is no match against a man on a mission. ~ Doyle Brunson

We are grateful to have the opportunity to provide you this valuable information. We take special care to ensure the information we provide you in "Tracings" is the latest and most current information available. In this edition we discuss how we identified a responsible party in a personal injury case and how we conduct asset investigations.

The goal of this e-newsletter is to provide you with critical information that will help you prevail in your business affairs wherever fact finding is an essential component. We will share what we have learned in our 30+ years as professional investigators and intelligence analysts.

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The Trace Team

art1 Haste Makes Waste: Identifying a Responsible Party...
Personal injury attorney Jon Singleton's client was a mother and her young daughter, who had been knocked down and injured when a woman exited from a public building in a hurry and quickly left the scene without offering assistance or phoning an ambulance. Jon asked Trace Investigations to track down the woman, using a license plate captured on a security camera, and establish what assets were available to compensate for the medical expenses and loss of income suffered by his client and her son. We traced the vehicle to a man who lived nearby, who refused to cooperate with our investigation. He denied any responsibility and refused to identify who was driving his car that day. Further investigation led to us identifying his mother as the driver, and we found a witness who had seen her leave the scene of the accident. We developed a financial profile on her and her son, and our client filed suit leading to a settlement before trial.
The investigation assisted our client in winning compensation for the injured mother and her son, offsetting her loss of income and covering all medical expenses. Mother and son eventually recovered from their injuries, without the additional hardship of severe financial loss.
If you need to identify a subject or establish assets available call Trace Investigations at 800-310-8857.

art2 Asset Investigations: Where's the Money?
We regularly receive calls to conduct asset investigations on adverse parties in a civil case. The target of our investigation could be a responsible party in a serious automobile accident or a judgment debtor from a small claim action or a complicated tort involving a failed business enterprise, for example. Occasionally in family law investigations for counsel we have found financial assets that were fraudulently conveyed in anticipation of a divorce filing.
We can never exactly anticipate what information is available in an asset investigation. In the absence of a subpoena, there are federal laws that prohibit searching for banking and investment assets using pretext, an old investigative technique. However, financial profiles can be developed on a subject by an exhaustive search of possible civil and criminal filings in state and federal courts. It is also critical to research county recorders offices and other agencies, at the local and state levels, where liens and other filings are maintained. Further information can be gleaned in an old fashioned "gumshoe" approach: talking to individuals who might be willing to share what they know about the subject, ex-business partners, ex-spouses and other litigants, for example.

When you need to find the money, call Trace Investigations at 800-310-8857.