Asset Searches - Bank and Investment AccountsWhat You Need to Know About Asset Investigations
We’re one of the top firms in the US that specializes in asset discovery, and we’d like to help you with your case.
Our SIU has special access to real-time intelligence for locating bank accounts, balances, investment accounts and other assets anywhere in the United States and Canada.
Whether it be for state or federal civil judgment enforcement, child support, identification of accounts and other assets during a divorce, or pre-litigation identification of assets for possible recovery, we are the experienced firm you can trust to complete a thorough asset investigation, no matter what the scope.
Justice Solutions Group is a private investigation firm with specific access to obtain detailed hidden asset searches in connection with judgment recovery or civil litigation. We are regularly asked to perform bank account searches, brokerage searches, and other financial workups to reveal information that is not ordinarily available to the public. We also have a network of certified financial fraud investigators and forensic specialists that can assist companies of any size with a fraud or embezzlement investigation.
Types of Asset Searches We Conduct
• Bank Accounts (US and Canada – ALL US Bank searches are National Searches)
• Stocks and Bonds (Brokerages / Investments)
• Employment Income and Retirement Income
• Corporations and Business Partnerships
• Real Estate Titles
• Automobiles, Boats, and Aircraft (Full Reverse-DMV Searches)
• Intellectual Property (patents, trademarks, etc.)
• Family Members and Spouses (including possible transfers of ownership, etc.)
• Hard inventory of a business and other assets.
• And much more – Call us for more information.
Flat Pricing / Per Search, Per-Subject – Asset Searches (Usually National Bank Searches or Brokerage Searches) are purchased on a per-search basis that is flat-rate, regardless of how many accounts are reported, or whether the accounts are open or closed. There are no hidden charges such as “report fees” or “research time”. We may need to identify a Social Security Number (SSN), Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN), or other detail in order to conduct the search, which we can do for an additional small fee.
By Package – If you are conducting a cursory, basic asset search for property, business affiliations, etc or if you need to go in-depth on a subject that may possibly have additional hidden assets with family members or in shell companies, we have a range of packages that fit 90% of our client’s needs.
Special Requests and Due Diligence – We also receive special requests for asset searches that are outside of our packages or flat rate pricing, and may require us to identify property in foreign countries, conduct surveillance, etc. For requests such as those and all other special requests please contact us so that we can discuss your case in detail.
For pricing information, please call us or use our contact form below to describe your case so that we can conduct the proper search. Consultations and quotes are free and there is no obligation to purchase an asset search: (800) 278-9329
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between Justice Solutions Group and other online “asset search companies”?
A: We have access to financial and intelligence sources most “investigators” don’t, because we’re not just a marketing website. There are many nameless and faceless websites out there that ask you to give them your money to conduct a search – without you ever knowing who you are talking to. We’re not one of those. We are a real investigative and intelligence agency staffed by real private investigators that use their real names. We have dozens of real positive reviews on Yelp and Google from years of providing results to our clients, and we work with some of the largest law firms and companies in the US to identify assets.
Our reputation relies on the results we have obtained for our clients. When you work with us you talk to a real private investigator who you will know that you can call or email anytime.
Q: How does the Judgment Collection process work? Does Justice Solutions Group do asset recovery and judgment recovery?
A: We do not conducting asset recovery or judgment collection for individuals, nor do we “buy” judgments. We are only in the business of identifying assets for recovery. It is often much easier than clients are aware of to collect civil judgments and we’re happy to point you in the right direction. For corporate clients and high net worth clients, we can assist and consult with recovery, depending upon the situation and amount owed, and what your attorney needs in regards to due diligence reporting.
Q: How long does a search typically take?
A: On average, searches normally take between 7-10 days. This is sometimes faster, depending on the nature of the case, what kind of assets we are looking for, etc. For difficult subjects, the average is 14 days. Searches can be expedited for an additional fee.
Q: Will the other person be notified know I am searching for their accounts?
A: No, the other party will not be notified or “tipped off” that a search is being conducted. Our searches are done discreetly and covertly, and the other party will not be notified. For more information about how we conduct our searches, please watch the video below.
Q: What are the most common reasons people conduct asset/bank account searches?
- To obtain Bank Account or Brokerage Account (Liquid Asset) information so that a civil judgment or child support judgment can be enforced by levy.
- To identify property that can have a lien placed against it in order to satisfy a judgment.
- To aid in determining whether or not to proceed with a lawsuit
- Identifying all non-exempt assets that can be used to satisfy a judgment (vehicles, watercraft, aircraft, etc)
- Identifying and confirming all declared assets in a divorce or bankruptcy
- Identifying and establishing admissible evidence that can later be used in a fraudulent action suit
- And much more
Q: Is doing a bank account or other type of financial search legal?
A: Yes, there are laws that allow for the legal discovery of assets in the US. Financial asset searches are covered by a set of federal laws known as the GLBA and FCRA. The following purposes are authorized under those laws:
- Legal/Litigation Purposes
- Debt Collection/Judgment Recovery
- Fraud Prevention or Detection
- Insurance (Approval and Investigations)
Q: What are some of the ways that people “hide” assets?
A: Individuals and companies can hide assets many different ways. The main reasons for this are usually to lower the chances of losing their assets in a court-ordered judgment, the evasion of federal or state taxes, or during divorce proceedings where property and spousal support are being determined by the assets declared by either party.
While creating off-shore or “shell” companies in small island nations are the most commonly-known way to “hide money” – more often, the subject you are trying to recover money from is likely not doing that.
Justice Solutions Group’s asset investigation methodology can include looking at family members of the subject in question, as many people attempt to hide assets for example by transfers of real estate, titles, boat, RV, aircraft titles and any other asset that can legally be transferred to the family member. Much of this information can be used to establish evidence that can later be used in a fraudulent transfer action.
Some of the most common ways individuals and small businesses hide money are:
- Opening an LLC/C-Corp and then closing it, but opening and keeping the bank account open. (The banks rarely ask for verification that the business is still open!)
- Opening a Business Banking Accounts as a DBA (Doing Business As) something other than a personal account.
- Running checks and deposits through a family member, who in turn gives the person cash or wires them money.
- Opening shell companies to accept payments and then paying for personal expenses out of that account. (comingling funds)
- Using pre-paid debit cards as a “bank”, where they can receive funds, and use the card just like any other traditional bank.
- Opening a business and claiming a “loss” every year, until they close the business and wash, rinse, repeat.
- Opening a small business and running two sets of “books” where not all cash is reported.
Assets are also hidden by changes in company structure, and most corporations have to be thoroughly investigated to see if there have been any recent principal changes or board member changes in a given time period. These changes are sometimes carefully constructed to camouflage the transfer of assets, and must be looked at carefully to determine when, how and why the change occurred. Often they involve multiple steps to hide ownership and control/interest of the property.</p
Benefits of Hiring Experienced Asset Investigators
The experienced asset investigators at Justice Solutions Group know where to look and how to look for hidden assets. More than just a records search, true asset investigations take time and careful documentation. Our asset investigations are utilized in high profile cases and lower court cases alike and can be used to enforce bank levy’s, the placement of liens, and other judgment enforcement actions.