How much does it cost to hire a private investigator in China

Private Investigator cost

How much is a PI in China?

Private investigators in China charge varying amounts, based on the location and the difficulty of the case.  We find that most private investigation companies in China charge flat fees for a case, or to achieve a milestone.  We don’t do that.

We approach billing differently.  Each case is different and each case requires a different approach.  So charging a flat fee does not make sense.  Very often, the amount of work that will be required to achieve the case goals is unknowable at the start of the case.  Other investigation companies often charge a flat payment for the case means that the investigator may receive more money than the value of the work.  Or, when the investigator feels they have spent too much time on the case the investigator may start taking short cuts, or stop work and communication.

How do we bill for time and expense?

We bill by the hour for most cases.  The hours break down to increments of 1/10th of an hour (6 minutes).  So an hour is 1.0.  A half hour is .5 hours.  Our hourly rate is slightly higher in a few cities, in which the cost of doing business and running investigations is higher.  To get a quote for investigations in a certain locations, we ask that you contact us for a free consultation.  We can discuss the case and arrive at a strategy and budget that works for you.

We keep track of our time and keep you up to date about what we are doing.  We keep track of costs and provide receipts for out of pocket expense, whenever possible.   Some examples of costs… bridge / road tolls, parking, mileage and with your approval, club entrance fees and food or bar tabs for some types of surveillance.  We will talk with you ahead of time about the expected costs and get your approval for any costs above and beyond what is expected.

We understand that different clients have different budgets.  Our goal is to find the best way to accomplish your case goals within the budget you set.  We will never charge more than you approve ahead of time.  We do what we say we will do.

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What We Can and Cant Do

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What we can and can’t do

Here at Asia Investigation / China Investigator, our company motto is “Do the right thing for the right reason.”  When you contact us, the first thing we do is to inquire about the type of information you need so we can figure out the best way to get that information.  We also ask about the nature of your case, as it is important that we do our investigations for a legitimate business or legal reason.  In some instances, we politely turn down cases and explain why we can’t help.  If the reason for the investigation is unclear, underhanded or illegal, we will not get involved.

Phone / Bank Records

Some people contact us with pre-conceived ideas about what they need done.  For instance, we are sometimes asked to check the phone records or bank records of others and we have to tell those people that checking those private records is illegal in China.  Our business is obtaining information and with our experience we can often recommend other methods to achieve the case goals that are legal, ethical and yet effective.

We don’t work with “Confidential” clients:

When we work with a client, we need to have an open relationship.  We need to know who the person or business is and what their true goals are.  At the same time, you need to know that we will act professionally and with your best interest at heart.  You also need to know that we will handle your information confidentially and with complete discretion.  Once we feel comfortable that we know who you are and what you really need and you feel comfortable that we will be able to provide you with the work product you require while keeping all information private, we can then work together effectively.

Conflict of Interest:

With new cases, we always review the information and parties involved to make sure there is no conflict of interest.  An example of a conflict might be that we already have a current or former client relationship with another party in the case.  In the vast majority of cases, there is no conflict.  But if there is a conflict, we will advise the client with the new case of this and we will either refer them to another investigation company, or we will ask the client (and the former client) if they agree to our being hired for the case, if appropriate.

Our clients need to have a direct relationship with the Subject of the investigation:

In the majority of cases, this is not an issue.  There usually is a business or legal relationship between the client and the Subject.  For instance, a company selling a product has a legitimate purpose to determining whether or not that same product is being knocked off and sold by another party.

In cases where there is not a direct relationship, we have to decline taking the case.  An example of this can be found in domestic surveillance cases.  We are hired by a wife to determine whether or not their husband is cheating on them.  There is a legitimate legal reason for conducting the surveillance… providing her with the information she needs to decide whether or not to divorce.  And there is a direct relationship between the client and the Subject.  After the surveillance is complete, we are occasionally asked to conduct a background check on the “other woman”, with whom the husband is cheating.  We explain that we cannot do this because there is no direct relationship between the wife and the other woman.

Another example is when we are asked to help locate missing family members or friends.  People have many different motives for not keeping in touch with each other, so we need to be sensitive to the privacy of the Subject, as well as the needs of the client.  In these more personal cases, where we are locating someone and there is not a direct business or legal relationship, we must also respect the privacy concerns of the Subject.  So we always advise the client in these matters that we will be happy to locate the person.  We will give them your letter or message, or we will make an in-person request for them to contact the client.  We have sometimes called the client and put them on the phone with the Subject.  But in this type of case we cannot provide the Subject’s address without their permission.  Of course, most cases have a strong business or legal purpose and personal privacy is not at issue and the Subject’s address is provided with all of the other information developed.

We use a variety of sources and methods when investigating cases and the key to our success is creativity and resourceful use of our connections with people in many industries.  It is also important to always follow the law and to get the information our clients need for legitimate reasons, without compromising anyone’s privacy.

Kunming Investigation

Kunming Private Investigator

Asia Investigation provides investigation in Kunming, for our attorney, business, insurance company and individual clients. We provide factory checks, background checks, due diligence, interviews, inspections, cheating spouse investigations and other types of investigation.

Please contact us regarding your investigation case in Kunming. We will recommend a strategy that fits your budget and provides the answers you need. To speak with a Kunming private investigator, contact us for a Free Consultation

Information About Kunming, Yunnan Province:

Kunming, Yunnan Province will, is a national historical and cultural city. As the only large city in Yunnan Province and the fourth largest city in the western region (second only to Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an), Yunnan Province, it is the political, economic, cultural, technological, transportation center, is an important tourist, commercial city, the western region’s key cities, urban agglomerations is Yunnan’s inner circle! In addition, it is for China to Southeast Asia, South Asia open gateway hub for the ASEAN is China’s only city. Due to summer heat and winter cold, the climate pleasant, temperate climate with the typical characteristics of urban temperature between 0-29 ℃, the annual temperature for the national minimum, so that the climate in the world has few features to make Kunming a “Spring City” The renowned Chinese and foreign.


Area (,473
Population (Mil.):6.25
Airport:Kunming Wujiaba International Airport
Railway Station:Kunming Station
Attrctions:Stone Forest, Chui Lake, Zhen Chi
Area Code:0871

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Kunming City Map

Yunnan Province, China

Business Asset Check

China Business Asset and Credit Checks

Asia Investigation / China Investigator usea a broad range of investigative resources to develop business asset information. We compile the most complete reports possible on business and corporate assets. Please contact us to discuss specifics regarding a China business asset check.

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Family Law / Divorce / Child Custody

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China Family Law Investigation

Asia Investigation / China Investigator assists you with the investigation of family law matters, here in China.

China Divorce

For divorce, we can help you to confirm background, assets, current activities, business affiliation, previous marriages or divorces, children, criminal or civil history.

China Child Custody

For child custody matters, the issue is normally the location or health and safety of a child, while with a parent.  We know what to look for and how to best document these issues.  We understand how important it is to a parent that their child is safe and happy with the child’s other parent.  Let us assist you in getting the evidence you need, to put your mind at ease, or to use in court.

We also can assist with missing person cases, in which a non-custodial parent takes a child without permission.  We follow leads, conduct surveillance, canvass neighborhoods and work with police and the media to safely locate missing children.

Asset Check

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Asset Research in China

Asia Investigation / China Investigator diligently locates personal and business assets. In China, we use the most effective methods possible, within the limits of Chinese law, to develop accurate and reliable asset information.

Much information is protected by privacy laws and is unavailable, bank accounts for instance.  In addition, there is no way to search for real estate by name.  But ownership can be determined for a known address.  Because of these restrictions, we often need to use other methods to identify real estate, vehicles, businesses, water vessels, bank, securities and other assets.  All information is gathered in the most effective legal way.

Please call us to discuss case strategy for your matter.  Request for Free Consultation

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Document / Evidence Retrieval

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Document Verification and Retrieval in China

Let Asia Investigation / China Investigator help you to collect, inspect, organize, document and provide documents and evidence to you quickly and reliably.  When you need a discerning, professional review and collection of documents, we can help.

We will help you cut through the red tape.  We will find the best, legal way to obtain the documents you need and take the steps necessary to get them to you quickly.

Give us a list of the documents you need. We know how to obtain and certify them as quickly as possible. Official documents in China are often un-indexed and sometimes hand written, making the adulteration of documents easier and more common. We verify the authenticity of official records.

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Background Investigations / Background Checks

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China Background Check

Asia Investigation / China Investigator conducts background checks for our attorney clients to uncover personal, professional and financial backgrounds for legal purposes.  Legal access to information varies by the type of information and by the location of the Subject / city in which he or she resides and has history.  For that reason, we don’t offer one size fits all background checks.  We need to talk to you about what information you need.  We then look at what information is available in that jurisdiction and how to best obtain that good, reliable information.  We then recommend a budget and turn around time for you to approve.

In China, it is important to follow privacy laws, while at the same time getting the best information available.  For that reason, background checks in China are more of an art, than a science.  What we can promise you is that we will get the best information available

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