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Challenges for an Investigator in Finding Hidden Financial Assets

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Hidden Assets are often an issue in litigation proceedings especially involving The Bankruptcy process as intended to allow debtors to reorganize and to establish a plan to repay creditors, or enable an orderly liquidation of the debtor's property. Often, debtors are tempted to hide or not disclose assets in order to avoid losing the asset to credi...
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Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Due Diligence

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What is due diligence? The due diligence process allows potential buyers and investors to learn about the company in question with a signed full disclosure. The information requires precision and investigation for structuring a fair deal, for all involved stakeholders. M&A attorneys create a comprehensive checklist of requirements, and accounta...
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14 Places Where People Hide Assets

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Hiding assets is a game people play to keep their money out of the hands of creditors. The actual financial hiding places are usually straightforward, as opposed to stuffing money in a mattress or hiding it in a tin can buried under a tree. Common Hiding Places Home Mortgage PayDown--A favorite tactic in Texas which has strong homestead protection ...
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What is Computer Forensics?

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Technology is a daily part of our lives, making it more convenient. For the investigator, technology presents challenges as well as opportunities. Not only does a good computer forensics investigator need to have a pedigree of technical savvy in terms of certifications, background, skills, network and a cadre of hardware and software investment; he...
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List of Audio Surveillance Laws by State

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List of Audio Surveillance Laws by State Why was Linda Tripp indicted for recording Monica Lewinski's confession of her affair with Bill Clinton which caused his impeachment? Because she did not have both party consent to the recording and the call was made in Maryland. Had she been in Virginia or DC, perhaps the recording would have been admissibl...
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Lessons Learned from the Robot Army

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 Foreground My last position at the FBI was Chief of the Technology Innovation Section within the Information Management Division.One of my key responsibilities was overseeing the development of the FBI's new Central Records Complex, a $220 million facility.This project combined a construction project with new as well as legacy IT systems, a h...
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How to Password Protect a MAC Folder

How to password protect a folder on Mac: Assigning a password to files and folders hides/locks the contents of your file or folder from anyone wanting to open it and thereby secures it with a password. ***Please note--once you have a password protected folder or file, don't forget it, because there is no way to recover it. There are different steps...
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What is Bankruptcy Fraud?

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What is bankruptcy fraud? The definition of bankruptcy is a legal proceeding involving a person or business that is unable to repay their outstanding debts. The bankruptcy process begins with a petition filed by the debtor (most common) or on behalf of creditors (less common). The majority of people who do file for bankruptcy are transparent w...
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Computer Forensics vs. Phone Forensics

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What is Computer Forensics? Computer forensics is a branch of digital forensic science pertaining to evidence found in computers and digital storage media. The goal of computer forensics is to examine digital media in a sound manner with the aim of identifying, preserving, recovering, analyzing, and presenting facts and opinions about the digital i...
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Four types of surveillance explained

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For investigative agencies, surveillance is categorized into either physical or electronic. Physical surveillance entails putting "eyes on" a subject, and observing that person's locations, movements, and actions.Electronic surveillance employees a variety of devices to monitor the subject.Whether physical or electronic, each method can also be fur...
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Part III: You Have Executive Support. Now What?

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Act like it is going to happen In Part I, I mentioned making executive support public.For any complex project, it is important to develop a constituency – a group of stakeholders who will benefit or play a role in the initiative's success.The broader your initiative's constituency, the better its chances for success.Part of building a broad constit...
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Part II: Maintaining Executive Support for Your Initiative

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 Hold regular meetings Once you have the attention of your executive, it is important that you keep that attention.Set a meeting schedule and stick to it. This helps set a battle rhythm for your project to keep things moving. For a major project I managed, I set meetings every other month. As the project neared its delivery date, I moved to a ...
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Part I: Obtaining Executive Support for Your Initiative

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Obtaining leadership buy-in is essential to move forward any major project or initiative forward.Whether obtaining needed resources or changing workplace culture, leadership support is critical when venturing into new territory or making significant changes.But how do you get that support? Align with organization priorities (what does the executive...
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The Importance of Keeping Security Controls Up to Date

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Today I am visiting the DMV for the second time in my quest to exchange my out of state license for a Texas driver's license. Like many others, I didn't have all the required documentation with the during the first visit.Part of Texas' licensing process is to verify the applicant's SSN.Acceptable documents included a Social Security Card and variou...
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Nine Ways to Safeguard Your Family Gatherings During COVID

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I was surprised to learn recently that the majority of COVID-19 infections now occur at home.With the recent surge of new cases and the upcoming holiday season, here are some alternatives for reducing transmission risk during holiday family gatherings. The official CDC guidance is available here, and it has updated information for Thanksgiving gath...
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6 Reasons Why We Should Be Willing to Return Our Client’s Money

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Bawn is making a bold statement to its attorney clients: if they are not satisfied with our investigative work, we will return their funds. The initial response wasn't exactly resounding: "Are you crazy?" When we outline the reasons why we should hold ourselves to this standard, we feel it is the best course of action for both Bawn and its clients....
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Information Sources of the Private Investigator

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A large portion of investigative work today is done online, making use of various databases and services to put together a picture before initiating interviews or some form of surveillance.An experienced analyst will ferret out small items within these online resources to separate the signal from the noise, and provide a thoughtful report upon whic...
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Bawn Commences Operations in Austin, Texas

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Bawn LLC is pleased to announce the opening of its headquarters office in Austin, Texas. Bawn is an investigation and security agency focused on supporting the needs of legal firms and private industry. Comprised of former federal law enforcement, military, and intelligence professionals, Bawn provides sophisticated investigative services to addres...
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How Leaders can Foster a Culture of Innovation

Throughout private industry and government, employees and managers are constantly being exhorted to be innovative. We set up innovation teams, labs, and contests to encourage employees to do more with technology. They are told "Be Innovative!" and to go forth a create the next market disrupting idea.

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