Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the hourly rates & fees for investigative services?
A. Our hourly rates and fees are subject to change and are as follows:
- Administrative: $50/Hr - 1 time "Account Set Up Fee", for new client due diligence
- Basic Background Check: $100* - Basic Backgrounds - individual only *fixed flat fee of $100
- Staff / Due Diligence Researcher: $75/Hr - In House Research, Account Changes, User Changes
- Management/Investigative Services: $90/Hr - $410 retainer required, 4 Hr min +$50 admin fee* ($360 + $50) *Required for ALL new clients
- Senior Investigative: $100/Hr - Investigator has *20+ years in the investigative industry
- Consulting / Online Security/ Pre-Emp: $75-150/Hr - $1000 retainer required, *4 Hr min per consultation (*Business Backgrounds/Corporate Research)
- Expert Witness: $275+/Hr - varies depending on area/individual's expertise
- IP/Email Tracing: $300/Hr - $1200 retainer required, *4 hour minimum in most cases
- TSCM (Electronic Bug Sweeps): $Per sq ft/As Quoted upon inspection - $600 retainer required, *2 hour minimum in most cases
Additional fees may include mileage at $.535 per mile, copies at $.11 per page and any necessary expenses incurred. This may be subject to change as gas prices do fluctuate.
Q: Your website advertises a no cost, no obligation consultation. Is there really no cost for this?
A. Yes. It is important to know that if your case is taken by Right Path Investigations and you are approved as a new client by our Director of Operations, then there is a non-refundable $50 administrative fee to conduct a quick background check on all new clients in the event that Right Path Investigations deems it appropriate to refund of any or all of the retainer deposit. Right Path Investigations reserves the right to refuse service at any time if and when this is necessary. (Example: Client has criminal history, there is a conflict of interest, client activity is deemed unethical, illegal or unsafe to him/herself or others.
Q: How long does it take for my account to be set up?
A. Usually this can be done within 12 to 48 hours. In some cases, up to 72 hours depending on when contacted.
Q: What is the normal turnaround time on pre-employment backgrounds?
A: In most cases turnaround is 2-3 business days as courts often close during regular scheduled holidays.
Q: How much do your Pre-Employment Screening services cost?
A: Prices vary depending on the searches conducted. Basic searches can be as little as $50 for ID/SSN Verification and a basic criminal check & verification. Our designed packages begin at $65 (basic criminal) and range up to $1000 based on the intensity of the Pre-Employment Background Investigation requested. To open up an account for Pre-Employment Screening a minimum deposit of $600 is required.
Q: What is the required minimum deposit or retainer to get started?
A: For Criminal, Insurance and various General Investigation Services the minimum is ($410) There is a $360 (4 hour minimum) at the Management Investigative rate of $90/Hr. + a 1 time $50 administrative set up fee. For Background, ,TSCM (Technical Surveillance Counter Measures) & Pre-Employment Background Investigations the minimum is ($600),which also includes the 1 time $50 administrative fee (for account set up & due diligence), for Full Intensive Business & Individual Background Investigations, Consulting & Security/Protection Services the minimum retainer deposit is ($1000.00). We can tailor a plan and user agreement to fit your business or individual needs, simply let us know what you need and general time frame for these services. *$50 administrative set up fee is waived for deposit retainers of $1000 or more.
Q: What do I need to get started?
A: You need to sign a client service agreement (CSA), make a payment for the retainer/deposit of $410, $600, or $1000 minimum (depending on what investigative services you will need) and sign up to be an online user and be approved by the Director of Operations. Once approved, you will be assigned a login and password to start sending Investigations Requests (IR's). Go to the "Account Setup" tab in the top menu and enter your contact info to get this process started. All requests after hours may be processed on the next business day. *A premium fee ($100) may be assessed in the event urgent requests are needed after regular business hours (M-F 9a-5pm) excluding common national (US) holidays.
Q: What type of investigations do we specialize in?
A: Subject/Asset Locates, Criminal, Civil and Insurance Investigations, Pre-Employment Screening, and Background Investigations
Q: What are the C.R.A.W.L. , S.W.O.T. , V.C.A. , S.C.A. and C.A.R.A. investigative research and analysis techniques that Right Path Investigations uses and are described on your home page?
A: These are acronyms for specialized and effective research & analysis techniques used by Right Path Investigations and leading Investigative Professionals in the industry *including US Special Agents & Law Enforcement Personnel. Here is what the acronyms stand for:
- C.R.A.W.L. (Communicate, Research, Analyze, Write, Listen)
- S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)
- V.C.A. (Value Chain Analysis)
- S.C.A. (Supply Chain Analysis)
- C.A.R.A. (Characteristics, Association, Reputation, Affiliations)
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Q: Do I need to set up an account to request services?
A: Yes, new clients must request a confidential client interview to discuss the services requested with one of our Field Investigators or the Director of Operations. All new business and clients must be approved by the Director of Operations. We will not begin investigations without a completed Client Service Agreement (CSA) on file. You must also accept the terms of the online CSA or User Agreement.
Q: What form of payment do we accept? Do we accept a personal check?
A: We accept cashiers checks and money orders from reputable financial institutions. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express (Credit Card payments are processed exclusively thru PayPal - www.paypal.com.
No, we do NOT accept personal checks. We will accept cash in the form of a cashier's check or money order and will issue a receipt for all cash transactions (cashier's checks & money orders only- no exceptions). On all credit transactions client(s) will receive a secondary electronic receipt via email thru PayPal.
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