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Advocate Investigation Services Limited was founded in 1966 as an agency to specifically cater to the needs of the legal profession. Due to its low profile and professional manner, it quickly developed corporate and private clients, and is now recognized by the most distinguished law firms and insurance companies.
Advocate is fully licensed and bonded in the Province of Ontario.
Staffed by former police investigators, Advocate maintains a diverse group of fully licensed male and female investigators with different backgrounds, and the ability to speak various languages.
National affiliates in the United States and connections overseas in Europe, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and South Asian further extend the number of people involved in Advocate, as well as expands on available resources.
Advocate's success is attributed to its ability to clearly recognize a client's objectives and focus on the most efficient and cost effective means of achieving them.
Advocate is responsive, service oriented and provides clear and factual reports.
Corporate Intelligence and General Research
Locates, Tracing and Missing Persons
Due Diligence Inquiries
Financial Background Investigations and Asset Tracing
Electronic Countermeasure Examinations
Theft and Fraud Investigations
Intellectual Property Investigations
Advocate provides a full line of services geared toward the insurance industry.
If an individual is receiving benefits, resulting from a reported injury, and it is suspected that the claimant may be exaggerating or feigning the extent of the injury, a period of select, discreet surveillance can often reveal a claimant's true maneuverability. These observations may also reveal if the claimant, while collecting disability benefits, is involved in any other employment that is generating undisclosed income. Video taped evidence obtained, following the guidelines of the Ontario Workplace and Safety Board, accompanies our detailed written reports.
Announced or un-announced visits made by a member of our staff to a benefit recipient can not only update a claimant's current general status, but will allow the investigator an opportunity to discreetly observe the claimant's maneuverability in the home environment. These visits can also include a visit to one or two of the claimant's neighbours, where other information relating to a claimant's ability to perform outdoor household maintenance can be determined.
Following the death of an insured, the insurance carrier may wish some follow-up investigation to interview the deceased's physician to obtain information relevant to any treatment the insured may have been receiving. In cases of suspected suicide, an investigation can determine a possible motive and may confirm if the facts support the claim.
Advocate has a broad range of clients throughout North America and Europe, with their own individual requirements.
Although much of the work we undertake can be categorized under specific headings, there are certain assignments which may simply be grouped under the general heading of Corporate Intelligence and General Research.
Advocate is fundamentally an intelligence gathering organization and will endeavour to meet the requirements of each individual client.
Advocate has a department dedicated to the locating of individuals which can be for various reasons including:
Heirs to an estate,
Reuniting family members and old friends,
Locating an individual to effect service,
Advocate's extensive database and resources, enable effective successful traces worldwide.
Company Directors have a legal obligation to exercise due diligence in carrying out their duties. These duties are particularly important in relation to corporate acquisitions or mergers. Advocate will conduct inquiries into the background of companies and their directors, in support of a client's professional advisers, to meet these obligations.
Before proceeding with litigation, it is important to know whether the subject of litigation will be able to satisfy a judgment in the client's favour.
Advocate conducts covert investigations using an international network of databases and contacts, combined with creative research to provide detailed and factual intelligence. This enables clients to make informed decisions on whether to proceed with litigation and presents the opportunity to execute judgment on identified assets.
The ability to locate deliberately concealed assets is a core element to the successful conclusion of litigation. Advocate has unparalleled resources and expertise vital to the success of such investigations.
The sophistication of covert listening devices and the ease with which they may be obtained and installed poses a very real threat to companies of every description. Clients are particularly vulnerable at times in impending corporate change such as mergers, acquisitions, expansion, contract renewals or product launches.
Advocate constantly monitors the technological advances made by the manufacturers of surveillance equipment. Our technicians, equipped with the most modern detection equipment available, will carry out technical inspections of offices, boardrooms, conference facilities and residences to detect the presence of unauthorized audio transmitters, power line carriers, hard wire microphones and telephone listening devices. These are supplemented by comprehensive physical inspections.
The success of a surveillance is dependent on the professional ability of surveillance agents and the sophistication of their technical equipment.
Static surveillance is usually carried out from a specially equipped vehicle dedicated for this purpose and enables the photographing and video taping of activities at a single target location.
Mobile surveillance is carried out by experienced teams which can comprise of an assortment of vehicles, cyclists and foot personnel equipped with covert communications equipment and surveillance cameras.
Technical surveillance involves the legal installation of covert video or audio equipment, at a clients own business premises. These can assist in the investigation of internal thefts, unauthorized access, industrial espionage, information leaks and conflicts of interest.
Advocate also possesses a unique system whereby special tracking devices are utilized which allow us to follow the trail of contraband shipments during our investigation of smuggling and gray marketeering cases.
Great emphasis today is placed on workplace safety and that of the safety habits practiced by the workers themselves.
Many business operations function with fewer supervisory personnel when working evening and night shifts, and it is during these hours of operation that opportunities can arise where workplace safety monitoring the workplace for:
Safety regulation violations,
Mischief to company property, sabotage,
Effectiveness of supervisors,
Attitude of workers toward supervisors and management.
Advocate's skilled undercover operatives come from various ethnic backgrounds who can quickly evaluate a clients workplace and promptly identify and report any areas of concern.
A company that has been the subject of a theft or fraud, may have no alternative but to instruct a firm of corporate investigators to assist. A police prosecution could well generate adverse publicity or loss of public confidence in a company that has been targeted. Because police resources are stretched, they are frequently reluctant to devote time and effort required for a successful prosecution, particularly where a complainant has been unable to quantify losses or explain how they occurred.
Advocate provides clients with solutions tailored to their requirements thus enabling them to:
Identify culprits with sufficient evidence to terminate their
employment while being mindful of client protection from wrongful
Introduce measures to prevent such losses recurring.
Advocate has staff who are specialized in fraud investigations and are recognized by The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners of Austin, Texas, with the earned designate of, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Advocate has extensive experience in the investigation of patent, trademark and copyright infringements. Such inquiries range from routine investigations into the background and structure of a company and its use of a trademark, to complex investigations of copyright infringements which traditionally have no international boundaries.
The most prevalent of domestic investigations are those where a spouse detects some sign with his/her mate that arouses suspicions of infidelity. An investigation that confirms such a suspicion can be helpful to the inquiring spouse toward, repairing the relationship, or utilizing the information in preparation for what might eventually lead to a break up in the relationship or marriage. Legal consultation at an early stage can prepare a protective shield especially where children are involved.
In matters where a break up in a relationship has led to the children residing with one parent, the other parent may, through circumstances, have suspicions that the children of the relationship are being neglected in some way. Small children may be being left at home unattended for unreasonable lengths of time or they may now be living in an environment where substance abuse is affecting their well-being and upbringing. Evidence obtained that support any of these suspicions, could well bring about amendments to an existing custody order.
A spouse, who has been ordered by a court to provide financial support to a former partner and/or the children, may make claim to the court that he/she is impecunious in an effort to reduce the financial obligations. In reality, the individual may have in contravention to a court order concealed assets and may have arranged for employment where he/she is being paid in cash, which is undeclared income. Assets which have been unlawfully concealed can be traced and confirmation of employment can be investigated.