Consider the international investigator as an integral part of your investigative team by taking the investigator into your complete confidence and providing all pertinent details surrounding your client’s request. This could require that the requesting investigator to obtain the client’s consent and having the international investigator execute a non-disclosure or non-compete agreement, if necessary.
The approach to information disclosure should be to “tell everything, as if you were handing over the case to a new investigator.”
This approach allows the international investigator who is uniquely acquainted with the local culture and bureaucratic structure to analyze the request and prepare an investigative plan in accordance with the laws of the foreign area. It is essential to solicit advice from the international investigator who may be able to provide direction to an area not known to the requester.
The agreement with the client should document the explanation of problems encountered in other countries, such as record-keeping systems, translation problems, and travel. The agreement should also specify the approximate turnaround time, costs and budget limits; reporting standards, in other words, need for official documents and signed statements, and translation responsibilities.
When considering time constraints, it is important to coordinate with the foreign investigator to arrive at a reasonable and manageable time line.
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