background checks

Whether for business, legal, personal, or insurance purposes, background checks are an important investigative tool in numerous situations. Putting a person in the context of their personal history can help you verify information and base your decisions on facts rather than feelings.

Employee background checks give you the opportunity to evaluate both potential and current employees depending on your needs. You can also order a background check on a business partner.

Personal background checks uncover information about a person’s character and past. Often used in dating and prenuptial situations, a background investigation tells you if someone is being honest about their past or if they are lying about it. They are also used for domestic help screening such as nannies, housekeepers, and personal assistants.

For attorneys and legal or insurance purposes, a background investigation can give you the best information available to judge the opposition and assess their past, helping you win your case. Read more about each area we cover below.


Business and Employee Background Checks

If you are interested in researching a potential or existing employee, or if you just need to verify information on a potential business partner, a background check is your best bet.


Personal Background Investigations

Research on someone’s background in your own life can offer you peace of mind when making decisions about the future. All background checks are confidential; the person being investigated does not find out about the investigation.

What can be learned when performing, for example, a background check on a nanny or new boyfriend? The starting point includes information such as their age, marital status, address histories, criminal prosecutions and convictions, and their driving record. You can also find out if there have been debt problems in the past, including bankruptcies, tax liens, judgments and notices of defaults. We find out if they are using false Social Security numbers or if they have aliases or AKA’s (“also known as”). We can also identify past lawsuits, whether they are suing others or if they have been sued in the past.

The deeper levels of background investigations include contact with neighbors and associates to find out about personal habits, dating history, alcohol or drug use, personal lifestyle, social status and civic and community affiliations. All this is conducted using pretexts, so no one knows the investigation is being conducted.


Legal Background Investigations

For attorneys and insurance purposes, the legal background investigation starts with confirming information such as name, date of birth, Social Security number, drivers license number and last known address. From there, it reveals whether the subject has aliases or false Social Security numbers. It identifies any criminal history, including prosecutions and convictions. The driving record is ran to identify DUI convictions, moving violations and prior accidents.

One of the most important aspects of the legal background investigation is a thorough search for prior litigation. This includes cases where the subject is either plaintiff or defendant. This may include searches in several jurisdictions in the event the subject has moved frequently. Also important is such information as whether the subject has bankruptcies, tax liens, judgments and notices of default in their records.

The more in-depth, background investigation addresses the overall personality of the subject, personal habits, dating habits, family situation, divorces, substance abuse issues, standing in the community, civic affiliations and other such personal information.


The chart below describes the various services we offer for background checks. Note that the last category on the chart describes the Background / Asset Combination. Choose this search if you want to conduct a personal assets investigation in addition to researching someone’s background. For a free consultation or to get started right away on your project, call us for service throughout Illinois and the US at (815) 282-2822 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Background Investigation Options

Search Level Description Cost
Level One Background
  • Name and Social Security number verification
  • Age and year of birth scan
  • Local court search for misdemeanors
  • Countywide search for felonies
  • Countywide search for superior court civil cases
  • Department of Motor Vehicles driving record
  • Employment verification and education verification
Fixed Fee – $*
Level Two Background
  • Includes fraud scan for aliases and false Social Security numbers
  • Address history with dates of residence
  • Also includes bankruptcies, judgments, foreclosures, evictions, tax liens and many other indicators such as civil cases, divorces
  • Countywide court search for misdemeanors
  • Statewide felony search in Illinois
  • Local search for municipal civil cases, statewide superior court civil cases in Illinois
Fixed Fee – $*
Level Three Background
  • Includes Level One and Level Two Background Investigations
  • Education, business and professional history, military service
  • Source of income, and business affiliations
  • Includes confidential source information
  • Family background and marital history
  • Search for Federal criminal cases
  • Nationwide bankruptcies and tax liens
Average Cost $ and up
Background & Asset Combination
Background & Asset Combination
  • Combines Level Two Asset and Level Two Background Investigations
  • A complete wide-ranging profile of your subject
  • Asset portion gives a broad asset profile to gauge net worth; including real property, vehicles, business affiliations and ownership, liabilities, bankruptcies, etc
  • Background portion gives personal profile, including criminal research, (felonies and misdemeanors), civil cases, divorces, driver record, age confirmation, aliases, relatives, address history and false Social Security numbers
  • Often used for business due diligence, prenuptial, dating and executive pre-employment

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