Legal Forms and Law-Related Documents for Private Detectives

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Following are descriptions of various legal forms that private investigators may use during the course of their work, or in running their own agency. Private Investigators use legal forms for a variety of reasons such as:

  • To form a legal business, such as to operate their private investigation agency, or partnership
  • Hire employees to perform investigations, research and administrative duties
  • Lease equipment, rent office space, and enter into various legal agreements

Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy occurs when individuals are unable to meet their financial obligations. It is often seen as a last resort, chosen only when no other financial resources are available to pay off debts or meet monthly budget obligations. The financial difficulties may be due to a variety of reasons. Difficult economic times, the loss of a job, or unplanned medical expenses can result in the need to file for bankruptcy. Both individuals and businesses can file for bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy forms are required by each state to file a legal request for bankruptcy. In some cases, you may not need an attorney to file in your state. You may be able to file the necessary documents on your own.

Following are the legal bankruptcy forms available for each state, including:

  • All official bankruptcy forms for filing bankruptcy
  • Official proof of claim forms used by creditors to file claims with the bankruptcy courts
  • Chapter 13 plan forms.

For more information on bankruptcy, see our bankruptcy information page.

With a bill of sale form, the seller agrees to sell to the purchaser certain items of personal property. Examples of personal property include: automobiles, motorcycles, jewelry, boats, and other personal property.  A bill of sale is a legal document made by a seller to a purchaser.

The legal document reports that on a specific date, at a specific locality, and for a particular sum of money or other “value received”, the seller sold to the purchaser a specific item of personal, or parcel of real, property of which he had lawful possession.

A bill of sale is a written instrument which evidences the legal transfer of title to personal property from the vendor (also known as the seller), to the vendee (also known as the buyer).

What Information is Required on a Bill of Sale form?

Most bill of sale forms require the following information to be included:

  • Amount of consideration paid for the transfer of title
  • Date the purchase occurred
  • Name and address of the 0Seller
  • Name and address of the Buyer
  • Specific information about the asset being transferred from the seller to the buyer
  • Guarantee from the seller that the item is free from all claims
  • Any representations or warranties
  • Signature of the seller(s)
  • Signature of a notary public

Business Incorporation

Private investigators are also business people. In addition to conducting background checks, performing surveillance and tracking down missing persons, private investigators have a business to run. They have to hire employees, run payroll, file tax returns, and meet legal requirements of the city, county and state in which they operate. In some cases, private investigators may decide to incorporate their business. Doing so not only formalizes the business entity, it also affords certain legal protections.

Some private detectives may elect to work with an attorney or legal firm to complete the process. Others may decide to purchase the necessary forms and complete the paperwork themselves. Many of the necessary forms are available for purchase online. One such company that provides the necessary forms is US Legal Forms.

Listed below are the necessary corporate legal forms to Incorporate a business in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. All business incorporation legal form packages include:

  • Corporate formation packages
  • Articles of incorporate
  • Pre-incorporation
  • Resolutions
  • Stock certificates
  • Step-by-step instructions for filling out and processing the forms

Whether you are incorporating a business, dissolving a corporation or managing business records, U.S. Legal Forms carries all of the corporate forms you need.  U.S. Legal Forms also carries special alternative document packages featuring business forms for Accountants, Architects, Attorneys, Chiropractors, Dentists, Doctors of Medicine or Surgery, Engineers, Pharmacists, Psychologists and Veterinarians.

Deeds

Deed – Deeds of Trust – Mortgage 

A deed of trust involves a third party called a trustee.  The trustee is usually a title insurance company who acts on behalf of the lender  When you sign a deed of trust, you are, in effect, giving a trustee title (ownership) of the property, but you hold the rights and privileges to use and live in, or on, the property.

The trustee holds the original deed for the property until you repay the loan.  Unlike a mortgage, a deed of trust also gives the trustee the right to foreclose on your property without first taking you to court.

Divorce and Separation

The state legal divorce forms packages listed below are for the sole purpose of obtaining an uncontested divorce in the United States. These legal divorce forms are only of use if both parties in the divorce are willing to agree to all of the terms and conditions of the divorce (e.g. they do not “contest” the divorce). This type of divorce is the quickest and easiest and the legal forms included below can help you get started with the filing process.

If you cannot agree to the terms of the divorce, you will become involved in what is known as a contested divorce, which is beyond the scope of the legal divorce form packages offered. If you are involved in a contested divorce, it is best to begin by hiring a qualified attorney.

Landlord and Tenants

A landlord is the owner of a house, apartment, condominium, or other type of real estate which is rented or leased to an individual or business. The term landlord is used most commonly, but the terms lessor and owner are sometimes use.

The term landlady may be used in some cases for female owners, but landlord can apply to both genders.

Landlord Tenant Legal Forms

The person or business who rents the property is called a tenant (also a lessee or renter).

The tenant is one who holds or possesses real estate or sometimes personal property (as a security) by any kind of right. The tenant is the individual who has the occupation or temporary possession of lands or tenements of another; specifically: one who rents or leases (as a house) from a landlord.

Landlord and Tenant Legal Agreement Forms can be used for everything from the creation of a lease to its termination, whether the application is commercial or residential.

Limited Liability Company

What is an LLC?

LLC stands for Limited Liability Company. A limited liability company is a form of doing business that combines limited liability for all owners (called members) with taxation as a partnership. An LLC is formed by filing articles of organization forms with an appropriate state official.

Rules governing LLCs vary significantly from state to state. If you are considering forming a Limited Liability Company in your state, be sure to check with the appropriate government agency to understand the laws. It is also a good idea to consult with an attorney who specializes in the formation of business entities.

Many private investigation agencies are formed into this type of business. Check with your state agency to understand if this form of doing business is right for your particular situation.

In addition to understanding this type of business for purposes of setting up your agency, it is likely that you will encounter situations and cases that involve such businesses. In such situation, it will be useful to have an understanding of this business setup and the legal aspects and forms involved.

Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) Formation, including articles, instructions, operating agreement and more.

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is usually a written instrument or document that authorizes a person, the attorney in fact, to act as agent on behalf of another person to the extent indicated in the instrument.  A power of attorney is invalid in some jurisdictions.

The are many different types of power of attorney designations, such as:

  • Durable power of attorney – Normally, a power of attorney becomes ineffective if the grantor dies or becomes incapacitated, However, under a durable power of attorney, the grantor can specify that the power of attorney continues to be effective.
  • Health care power of attorney – A health care power of attorney gives the agent the authority to make decisions related to health care for the grantor. The health care power of attorney also give the agent the authority to make decisions such as terminating care and life support.
  • Springing power of attorney – A springing power of attorney involves a power that takes effect only after the grantor becomes incapacitated.

Pre-Marital Agreements (Pre-Nups)

Premarital agreements can provide legal protection for both parties in a marriage.  These forms are often referred to as a “pre-nup”. Prenuptial agreements are most often publicized in relation to celebrity marriages, but they are not reserved only for the rich and famous. These legal agreements generally contain provisions pursuant to the Uniform Premarital Agreement Act.

The practice of using pre-nups has become much more popular in recent years, thanks to media coverage given to many celebrity marriages and break-ups. Anyone who has an interests in protecting their financial assets in a marriage may wish to prepare the appropriate legal documentation that stipulates how assets should be handled in the event of a divorce.

The legal agreement forms for each state includes the Pre-Marital Agreement and Financial Statements.

Please note that you may complete the necessary paperwork and legal documentation yourself, it is a wise practice to hire an attorney who specializes in this area of law. When it comes to protecting your money and assets, it is worth the expense to hire an expert up-front, before you get married.

Last Will and Testament

A will or testament is legal document that is used to regulate the rights of others over a person’s property or family after their death. A will is a general term, while testament applies only to dispositions of personal property.  A will is also used as the legal instrument in a trust.

Last Will and Testaments are an essential estate planning tool for everyone. All will forms may be downloaded in electronic format (Microsoft Word, rich text, plain text) or you may order the will form to be sent by regular mail. Free Law Summaries and previews are included.

Available will form and testament include:  Mutual will forms, divorced will forms, married will forms, single will forms, widow will forms, and other miscellaneous will forms.

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Terminology Used in Last Will and Testament Forms

  • Bequest – A bequest is a gift in the form of personal property
  • Codicil – An amendment to a will, or will form
  • Devise – A special gift of real property in a will
  • Devisee – A person who receives a devise
  • Legacy – A gift. Historically, a legacy has referred to either a gift of real property or personal property
  • Legatee – A person who receives a legacy
  • Demonstrative legacy (sometimes referred to as a specific legacy or specific gift) – a gift of a specific item of tangible or intangible personal property, such as a bank account, shares of stock, a bond, etc.
  • Testate – To die testate means having created a will before death. A person who has not created a will prior to death is said to be intestate.
  • Testator – a person who executes a will; that is, the person whose will it is. The antiquated English term of testatrix was used to refer to a female but is generally no longer in standard legal usage.
  • Executor or personal representative – The person designated to administer the estate, generally subject to the supervision of the probate court, in accordance with the testator’s wishes in the will. In most cases, the testator will nominate an executor/PR in the will unless that person is unable or unwilling to serve.

 

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