Due diligence is the process of acquiring objective and reliable information, on a person or a company, prior to a specific event or decision. It is usually a through and systematic research effort, which is expended to gather the critical facts and detailed information which are most relevant to arriving at an informed decision on a matter of importance.
The due diligence process, whether outsourced or performed in-house, is an attempt to provide business owners and managers with reliable and complete background information on proposed business undertaking so that they can make informed decisions about whether to go forward with the business action. An efficient due diligence process can save companies from making costly mistakes that may have profound consequences for the firm's operational areas and/or its corporate reputation.
The due diligence process is generally applied in two basic business situations: 1) transactions involving the sale or purchase of products or services, and 2) transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships of corporate entities. The due diligence investigation can include an examination of contracts, customer agreements, compensation arrangements and track records of past operations or be as simple as a background check.
If you are you thinking about doing business with a person or business you have not done business with before, let the Law Offices of Paul Young look into them to determine if they are who they say they are. Knowing who you are dealing with before doing business can save you thousands of dollars in the future.
Background Checks Can Include:
- Identity and Address Verification – to establish whether the applicant is who he or she claims to be
- Character Reference Check
- Citizenship, Immigration and Legal Working Status
- Credit History
- Criminal Arrest, Incarceration and Sex Offender Records
- Driving and Vehicle Records
- Education Records
- Employment History and Employment References
- Licensing and Military Records
- Public Records
Public Records and SSN Scan
Simply researching public records will provide information on birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce documents, and death certificates. A Social Security Number scan can verify basic information, such as name, address, and age. A Social Security scan will also turn up an individual’s previous street addresses and places of residence. Social Security scans are typically completed through E-Verify, an Internet-based tool developed by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. E-verify is used mainly for employment verification purposes, especially for confirming information job applicants present on applications. If false information is given on a job application or in an interview, most of it can be confirmed or denied with a Social Security Number scan. A more thorough background check will provide a more in-depth look into a business or a person’s history.
Credit reports are another source often used in background checks. Like a Social Security Number scan, credit reports can confirm prior addresses, in addition to providing substantiation of an individual’s current financial situation, and how fiscally responsible they are. In addition to employers, credit checks are usually sought by property managers and landlords. Criminal Reports Criminal reports reveal offenses, warrants, and records of arrest or incarceration, and help determine the reliability of the potential employee. Companies examine county and federal records, and a thorough search often involves checking the various counties in which the person in question lived. According to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, members experience a 27% criminal hit rate on background checks they perform.
For Assistance in performing a thorough and unbiased Due Diligence process call the Law Offices of Paul Young today at 626-744-1838.
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Paul P. Young
Paul P. Young, Attorney/Private Investigator
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