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6. Make ‘Em Pay
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5.0 from 41 reviews
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5.0 (41)

Private Investigation

  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Alpharetta, GA
I wish Thumbtack had more than a 5-star rating because TJ really deserves it, specifically, when it comes to going the extra mile. Serving someone to appear in court is not a pleasant thing to do, and for me it was the very first time...and hopefully the last. I initially used the sheriff to deliver court papers to the defendant - they attempted three times but were unsuccessful. So I started looking online and came across Make 'Em Pay. Bingo! From the very beginning communication was super easy and efficient, via online chat or email. I decided to hire TJ to serve the defendant's wife (turned out to be ex-wife) at the same address; not only was TJ able to make contact with her, but he was successful in getting a new address where the defendant now lives...eventually he was sub-served, which should be sufficient enough when I go to court. TJ immediately sent Proof of Service to court and did a follow up daily to see if the court received it. Very impressive, professional, and detail-oriented service that TJ has provided. He deserves a round of applause and a standing ovation. Should I need to serve someone in the future (hopefully not!) or am being served myself (fingers crossed), my choice is clear!

$130/hour

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$130/hour

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I wish Thumbtack had more than a 5-star rating because TJ really deserves it, specifically, when it comes to going the extra mile. Serving someone to appear in court is not a pleasant thing to do, and for me it was the very first time...and hopefully the last. I initially used the sheriff to deliver court papers to the defendant - they attempted three times but were unsuccessful. So I started looking online and came across Make 'Em Pay. Bingo! From the very beginning communication was super easy and efficient, via online chat or email. I decided to hire TJ to serve the defendant's wife (turned out to be ex-wife) at the same address; not only was TJ able to make contact with her, but he was successful in getting a new address where the defendant now lives...eventually he was sub-served, which should be sufficient enough when I go to court. TJ immediately sent Proof of Service to court and did a follow up daily to see if the court received it. Very impressive, professional, and detail-oriented service that TJ has provided. He deserves a round of applause and a standing ovation. Should I need to serve someone in the future (hopefully not!) or am being served myself (fingers crossed), my choice is clear!

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a private investigator do?

First and foremost, good private investigators follow laws. Unlike on TV, they don’t break in windows or hack into hospital computer systems to get you intel. When you hire a private investigator, you’re hiring a professional to gather facts and find information for you. Although they can’t obtain certain information (such as health records), they do have access to information that most civilians do not. Often private investigators are hired to perform surveillance or background checks or investigate cases such as adultery, child custody, missing persons, hidden assets, or debugging, and theft or other crimes.

Private investigators can be hired to interview people and provide that information to the client, perform photo or video surveillance, monitor activity at a location where you suspect criminal activities or questionable behavior, track a person’s movements, find missing people, do deep-dive background checks, and more. Private investigation can be helpful if you’re trying to get a court order but need evidence. Private investigators can also help find birth parents. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210 per hour.

What does a private investigator cost?

Private investigation isn’t just for blockbuster action movies. Hiring a private investigator can help in all kinds of situations ranging from finding a birth parent to improving personal security. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210, although pricing often hovers between $40 and $100 depending on the complexity of the services you need. Where you live in the country will affect your costs for private investigation; larger cities have higher business overhead and a higher cost of living, which in turn means higher service rates. The complexity of your case can also affect cost. A basic background check may have a flat rate, while hiring a private investigator to help with your child custody case may require more legwork and research, and therefore cost more. Some private investigators work on retainer. A retainer is essentially a nonrefundable deposit you pay to the professional — meaning you have retained their services — who then works against that amount. Here are some examples of average private investigation costs:

  • Hourly rate: $60-$70; costs can vary based on current fuel prices.
  • Flat rate: $100 for comprehensive background investigation services.
  • Retainer: $1,500 minimum retainer required by some pros before starting work.
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