Find People of Interest and All Their Available Public Records Plus Another Hot Product
July 25, 2019
Today's TechnoLawyer Hot Product is an online public records research service with a new Comprehensive Report and which combines white glove customer service with low prices. In addition, you'll find links to many previous TechnoLawyer Hot Products, including our coverage of an online research service for verdicts and settlements, including new charts for quickly assessing a case's value, prevalence, and odds of success.
Find People of Interest and All Their Available Public Records
What you don't know can hurt your cases. When you need to find facts beyond the reach of your client or discovery — locate a witness or find impeachable admissions, size up your jury, explore whether a party owns lucrative assets, or even investigate a potential client before agreeing to representation — you need to search public records. But which of the many services offers the best mix of customer service, low prices, and high-quality data?
Tracers in One Sentence
A pioneer founded 23 years ago, Tracers is an online public records research service with a unique pricing model that encourages high usage while simultaneously providing white glove support from trained experts.
The Killer Feature
After logging in, the Tracers dashboard lists all the available search types organized by category — People, Profiles, Assets, Court Records, Businesses, and much more. Lawyers often use the Premium Profile (a.k.a. Comprehensive Report) because it enables you to search for a person's public records across most of Tracers' databases.
You initiate a Comprehensive Report search on someone by entering their social security number or in its absence Tracer's Person ID. Tracers assigns a Person ID to every individual, which you can find using the Premium People search (more on this below).
The Comprehensive Report lists a person's assets, birth, marriage, and divorce records, arrests, indictments, convictions, and sex offender status, business affiliations, licenses, etc. A navigation panel of record types on the left side enables you to filter the results. Select records of interest and generate a report with your logo and a table of contents (choose from PDF, Word, or Excel format).
The Premium People Search in Tracers locates people of interest and links to their corresponding Comprehensive Report.
Other Notable Features
Tracers offers concierge service to all customers regardless of volume because finding public records sometimes requires experience in the field. You can obtain help via email or telephone (the email help tool includes your search query to provide context).
As noted above, you may first need to find someone using the Premium People search. In addition to social security number and Person ID, this search also lists the person's address history, cities and counties of residence, mobile and other telephone numbers, and possible relatives. The search results also let you know what type of public records exist for this person with indicators as to whether they're positive or negative. Using hyperlinks, you can explore records of interest individually or run a Premium Profile search.
Tracers' Social Media search offers another way to find people not to mention potentially useful admissions. This search lists photos, addresses and street maps, phone numbers, and links to each social media profile. Tracers includes Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter but also many smaller social media networks.
When you need to know the latest information, Tracers offers realtime public records searches, including visiting courthouses and other government offices for records not yet online.
Tracers contains administrative tools so that you can empower select users at your firm to conduct searches, including restricting which types of public records they can access. Users can enter a client or matter ID for each search for cost recovery purposes. You can download invoices as well as view the search histories of each user.
What Else Should You Know?
Unlike competing services, Tracers doesn't charge a per user fee. Tracers offers unlimited plans if you conduct a high volume of searches. Alternatively, Tracers offers a low monthly minimum against which your searches apply. Tracers discloses the price of each search before you commit. Explore Tracers and bookmark the website.
Another Hot Product
See What Cases Are Really Worth and the Likelihood of Success
Experienced litigators develop instincts that often serve them well. But increasingly data science can provide affirmation or prevent well-intentioned mistakes. One such area concerns damages in practice areas with highly repeatable facts such as employment law, medical malpractice, and personal injury. If a chart could help you achieve a more favorable result, wouldn't you want to take a look at it? Part of the Lexis Advance platform, LexisNexis Verdict & Settlement Analyzer recently modernized its graphs to help litigators better leverage its database of more than 1.3 million verdict and settlement documents …
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Neil J. Squillante is the founder and publisher of TechnoLawyer, an award-winning network of free email newsletters for lawyers and law office administrators. Many consider TechnoLawyer the only email subscription they need. Previously, Neil practiced commercial litigation at Am Law 100 firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. He received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law and his B.A. from Duke University.
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