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DO YOU NEED A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR OR A LEGAL INVESTIGATOR?
April 8, 2015
While it is true that all legal investigators must first become licensed as a private investigator, a legal investigator is a very specialized field of investigation.
Legal investigators work closely with attorneys and are trained in techniques of fact finding and forensic procedures. The legal investigator must interview prospective witnesses and possible parties to the litigation, always searching for facts and evidence that the attorney can use to represent his client in the best way possible. The legal investigator must remain unbiased and present only the facts even if it might not be favorable to the attorney’s case.
Probably the most famous fictional legal investigator was Paul Drake played by William Hopper in the great detective series “Perry Mason” which ran for 9 seasons from 1957 to 1966. Paul owned the Paul Drake Detective Agency and was always digging up evidence and finding the facts Mason needed to clear his client. Paul was always well dressed, polite, and very professional, unlike other TV private investigators who wouldn't think twice about inventing a false premise or even breaking the law to get their information. The legal investigator is held to a higher ethical standard by our legal system and must not resort to shady shenanigans, even if they're legal.
There are no state or federal licensing requirements to be a legal investigator; however, the trend is for PIs who have worked in this capacity for several years to become certified by a professional association like the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI). To find a Certified Legal Investigator (CLI), go to the NALI website at: www.nalionline.org.