Arm Yourself with the Facts
Parrent Smith Investigations has high standards for the background investigations we provide our clients. No stone is ever left unturned and nothing is "routine" for us. Unlike many investigative agencies, we provide our clients with well-written reports that include both a summary of significant findings, an analysis of the information we have uncovered and recommendations for further investigation when warranted, as well as a compilation of the information we have found in an easy-to-read format. Our cost-effective background investigations include comprehensive public records and database research, as well as in-depth personal profiles based on interviews with associates.
Types of Background Investigations
Our investigators have experience in conducting background investigations for a variety of purposes, including witness, plaintiff or defendant backgrounds in litigation - civil or criminal, background investigations for financial transactions and suspected fraud, and pre-employment background checks (see below for a special note on pre-employment background checks). To conduct a thorough background check, our investigators search online databases, review public documents at courthouses and municipal offices throughout the country and conduct interviews with a subject's professional and personal references. Except when prohibited by law (see below), we have the resources and know how to dig back through anyone's background to the very earliest years of their lives.
Some clients want to limit investigations to certain aspects of a company's or individual's history, while others want complete background information. Parrent Smith Investigations work with clients to provide a report that will fit with their individual needs and budgets.
Standard Background Checks on Individuals include
Company Reports can include:
A Note on Pre-Employment Background Investigations
There are many legal constraints, both state and federal, on how background investigations relating to employment are performed. Those laws apply to prospective employers using their human resources departments to perform the work, as well as to investigative agencies. For example, in California, the criminal history of a prospective employee can only be reviewed for the prior seven years, and reporting information beyond that legal barrier can result in the imposition of severe fines.
Parrent Smith Investigations and Research keeps abreast of all the constantly changing legal requirements surrounding these issues and works in a manner that never places our clients at risk.
See also our article: Not All Background Checks are Equal
J. Smith, CPP
CA Lic # 5617
548 Market Street #88333
San Francisco, CA 94104