Strategies for Locating People Online for Paralegals

The Paralegal Resource
June 20, 2013 — 1,208 views  
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Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in the past few decades, and one of the best outcomes of this is the free sharing of information. Before the age of the internet, obtaining personal data involved weeks of digging through legal documents and bills in order to glean the slightest information. Nowadays, paralegals can quickly obtain the information they need by doing a simple web search.

Tools you Can Use to Track People Online

There are several tools available that allow you to search for and track people online. Just remember to be patient and use all the resources available. The best place to start is of course Google. Google does a lot more than search engine for websites. You can use it for locating people on Google maps, finding their phone numbers, and even images associated with them.

Zabasearch is another reliable search engine for tracking people. It provides a lot of personal information and is completely free. Zabasearch is pretty reliable because they constantly update their databases with new information available on public domains. 

Pipl is a search engine that allows you to do “deep web” searches to find information. Pipl can give you a lot more information than a simple web search because it searches the so-called invisible web to get information from personal pages and mentions in the press.

Nowadays everybody has an account on a social networking site like Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. Wink is a search engine that allows you to search these sites to find the people you want. You can narrow your search my mentioning cities, states, or countries. Finally, Facebook itself is a great resource because a surprisingly large number of people share their own private information.

How Paralegals can Benefit from This

It is a paralegal’s job to gather all pertinent data for legal purposes. So, they can benefit greatly from online tracking tools because of the mountain of data it yields. Some people may balk at the idea of online tracking, but it is important to remember that none of this illegal. Online tracking tools don’t help you to “hack” into an individual’s private devices and steal their information. Rather the information gathered is freely available in the public domain. It is a just a matter of finding it and gathering all the data in one place.

Search engines are powerful tools for tracking and finding people. The most important thing a paralegal must have is patience. Although information can be obtained by typing away in front of your computer, it does take time and a lot of effort. It works best when you use tricks to narrow down your search and confirm that you have located the right person.

Paralegals have an obligation to be thorough in their searches. There are plenty of opportunities to miss a lot of crucial information. Online tracking tools allow paralegals to verify their information by cross-checking with multiple sources. This ensures that the information obtained is mostly accurate.

Finding different kinds of information requires the use of different tools. While people search sites are great for finding people, if you want to find out their exact location then you are better off using Google maps. If you want to find a cellphone number then you will need to do a special kind of web search. Employment information can obtained from sites like LinkedIn and ZoomInfo (that specializes in job-centric information). In short, be sure to use the correct tools for best results.

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