Locate heirs and beneficiaries. Martin Investigative Services.

Locating heirs and beneficiaries

During the past three years we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of locate requests from attorneys representing clients in trust, will, and estate planning matters. There are a few reasons for this occurrence. First, many clients do not provide sufficient identifying data about the subjects named in their living trust. Even more puzzling…

Hollywood myths about private investigators

Hollywood myths about private investigators

Jim Rockford. Thomas Magnum. Philip Marlowe. Each of these fictional private investigators has helped to ingrain numerous myths about private investigators in the eyes of the public. Yet, clients are often disappointed to learn that their case is more like an episode of Colombo with the drudgery of following the leads, doing hours of surveillance,…

Manti Te’o catfished: Tips to avoid being duped online

Manti Te’o catfished: Tips to avoid being duped online

In the wake of the Manti Te’o scandal, it’s easy to fear being duped by an online relationship. The Notre Dame football star, Manti Te’o, has become the center of a fierce debate in recent weeks for his either naiveté or willful deceit surrounding his fake girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. The tragic three-year romance made national…

Online dating: Tips from a private investigator

Online dating: Tips from a private investigator

Online dating services have grown in popularity over the past several years. From general dating websites like eHarmony.com to more specific services like ChristianMingle.com, the dating scene has taken to the Internet as the second most effective way to meet the love of your life after meeting people through friends and family, according to a…

888USUNITE: The free resource to locate friends and family

888USUNITE: The free resource to locate friends and family

My firm receives between 10 and 15 calls per day from people looking to locate friends, a missing family member, or reunite with a lost love. Whatever the circumstances are the decision to find someone is an important step. Over 15 years ago, we launched 888USUNITE as an alternative to conducting an individual’s own personal…

Investigator Confidential A free, online e-book. This site is the full text of Thomas Martin’s book, If You Only Knew, now online for free. This book teaches you how to find lost people, prove and disprove infidelity, avoid scams, and more.

Investigator Confidential: The free online e-book

Fifteen years ago, I wrote a book on being a private investigator called “If You Only Knew…” as a reference guide for people with questions about private investigation. This book contained my advice from over the years on how to feel safer, live smarter and succeed in relationships at home and at work. Writing the…

Locate people, find missing persons, runaways and old friends

Locate friends and family with a private investigator

In the United States, about 2,300 people are reported missing daily. This number doesn’t include the countless thousands who remain unreported by friends and family. Annually reports of missing persons have increased, from roughly 150,000 cases in 1980 to about 900,000 cases in 2011. It is often challenging to locate friends and family. Locating missing…