Audio CD + Course Book

Your Do-it-Yourself Guide to Legal Investigations

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

77544CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing education credit
is not available on this program.


  • For additional questions regarding
  • continuing education credits,
  • please contact us at 866-240-1890
  • or credit@nbi-sems.com
From Event: Your Do-it-Yourself Guide to Legal Investigations, held December 2017.

Program Description

Hiring outside help to investigate case facts is not always feasible (or practical). That's when being able to artfully find and examine information yourself becomes crucial. Whether you're locating people, searching social media, getting background information or analyzing financials; identifying potential smoking guns is essential to ensure your client's best interests. Filled with real-world examples, practical tips and fundamental tools, this guide will show you the best ways to obtain, dissect and interpret information from common sources available to you... and recognize key findings. You'll learn time-tested techniques you can start using right away to put yourself steps ahead of your colleagues and ensure your clients are receiving favorable outcomes - order today!

Course Content

  1. Laws Governing Investigations
  2. Finding Free Legal Research and Free Case Law
  3. Searching Social Media
  4. Obtaining Information from Mobile Devices, Computers and Laptops
  5. Searching Records and Locating People
  6. Gathering Background Information and Interviewing Techniques
  7. Accounting 101: How to Analyze Financials
  8. Ethics of Legal Investigations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
For additional questions regarding continuing education credits please contact us at 866-240-1890 or credit@nbi-sems.com.

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Laws Governing Investigations
    9:00 - 9:40, Written and Presented by Andrew J. Pulliam in Knoxville and Nashville.
    1. Stalking, Online Harassment and Cyberstalking
    2. Wiretapping and Recorded Calls
    3. Privacy Rights Violations
    4. Trespassing Missteps
    5. GPS and Vehicle Tracking
  2. Finding Free Legal Research and Free Case Law
    9:40 - 10:25, Written by John M. Cannon. Presented by John M. Cannon in Nashville and Andrew J. Pulliam in Knoxville.
    1. How to Search Google Like a Pro
    2. Finding the Shortcuts to Legal Research
    3. Finding and Using Free, Full-Text Case Law Sites
    4. Sample Briefs, Motions, Complaints and Settlements
  3. Searching Social Media
    10:40 - 11:25, Written by John M. Cannon. Presented by John M. Cannon in Nashville and Andrew J. Pulliam in Knoxville.
    1. Common Social Media Sites and Where to Find Useful Information
    2. Locating Hidden or Private Accounts
    3. What to do When You Can't Get Into an Account
    4. Friending/Following to Gather Evidence
    5. Recovering Deleted Data
  4. Obtaining Information from Mobile Devices, Computers and Laptops
    11:25 - 12:05, Written and Presented by Ben Raybin in Knoxville and Nashville.
    1. Pulling Information from Devices
    2. Retrieving Information from Third Parties
    3. Using Apps to Collect Evidence
    4. Preserving Evidence Obtained
    5. Authenticating Essential Information
  5. Searching Records and Locating People
    1:05 - 1:50, Written and Presented by Eric M. Beasley in Knoxville and Nashville.
    1. Searching Public Records and "Publicly Available" Information
    2. Finding Vital Statistics: Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Records and More
    3. Secrets to Obtain "Difficult to Get" Records
    4. Reviewing Crucial Records
      1. Real Property and Title Searches
      2. Professional Licenses
      3. Hospital Records
      4. Business Records
      5. Employment Records
      6. Criminal Records
  6. Gathering Background Information and Interviewing Techniques
    1:50 - 2:35, Written and Presented by Eric M. Beasley in Knoxville and Nashville.
    1. Evaluating Credibility of Experts and Expert Witnesses
    2. Recognizing Behavior Patterns and Habits of Witnesses
    3. Collecting Information on the Opposing Party
    4. Uncovering Important Information on Opposing Counsel and Judges
    5. Assembling Information on Jurors and Potential Jurors
    6. Interviewing Witnesses: Savvy Techniques
  7. Accounting 101: How to Analyze Financials
    2:50 - 3:30, Written and Presented by Joshua E. Hedrick in Knoxville and Nashville.
    1. Key Terms and Definitions
    2. Documents Necessary for Analysis - Overview and Checklist
    3. Reviewing Income Statements, Tax Returns, Investment Records and More
    4. Uncovering Hidden Income, Interests or Assets
    5. Identifying Bookkeeping Inconsistencies
  8. Ethics of Legal Investigations
    3:30 - 4:30, Written and Presented by Eric M. Beasley in Knoxville and Nashville.
    1. Professional Conduct
    2. Attorney-Client Privilege
    3. Work Product
    4. Unauthorized Practice of Law
    5. Attorney Fees
    6. Investigating Minors

ERIC M. BEASLEY is a sole practitioner in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. He practices in the area of civil litigation, focusing on automobile injury cases. Mr. Beasley is a frequent lecturer for National Business Institute. He is an inductee for the National Order of Barristers; and a member of the American and Tennessee bar associations, and the Tennessee Association for Justice. Mr. Beasley earned his B.S. degree from the University of Houston and his J.D. degree from Texas Tech School of Law. (Knoxville and Nashville locations)

JOHN M. CANNON is a sole practitioner in Nashville. His practice areas include mediation, personal injury and contract law. Mr. Cannon earned his B.A. degree from Belmont University, his J.D. degree from the Nashville School of Law, and his M.A. degree from Middle Tennessee State University. (Nashville location)

JOSHUA E. HEDRICK is a senior manager with Kraft Analytics, LLC, an affiliate of KraftCPAs, that focuses on valuation, forensic and transaction advisory services. Mr. Hedrick’s valuation experience includes business valuations, equity interests, debt instruments, intellectual property, and other intangible assets for investment, lending, managerial planning, compliance, accounting, tax, marital dissolution, restructuring and litigation purposes. His forensic experience includes working with attorneys related to valuation issues, transactional disputes, economic damages, intellectual property, corporate investigations, employee fraud and insurance coverage. Mr. Hedrick’s transaction advisory experience includes valuations, fairness opinions, due diligence and transaction structuring support related to business sales, asset sales, M&A transactions, equity investments and lending transactions. Mr. Hedrick is a certified valuation analyst (CVA) and he received his M.B.A. degree from Appalachian State University, and his post-masters certificate in financial analysis at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. (Knoxville and Nashville locations)

ANDREW J. PULLIAM is a partner with the law firm of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, where he handles litigation matters, including pre-litigation work and negotiations, litigation, arbitrations, and mediations in state and federal courts. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and all federal and state courts in Tennessee. Mr. Pulliam has handled matters including claims for breach of contract, UCC sales, negotiable instruments, and secured property claims, accountant and actuary malpractice, receivership actions, construction claims, misrepresentation actions, covenants not to compete, and tortious interference with contracts. He also has experience with financial institution claims, lender liability claims, real property claims, adverse possession claims, easement and condemnation actions, wrongful foreclosure actions, and insurance defense work, including wrongful death claims, insurance coverage disputes, bad faith litigation, probate cases, and administrative board review claims. Mr. Pulliam has handled qui tam actions, class actions, health care liability claims, employment law claims, ERISA claims, intellectual property litigation, Tennessee Consumer Protection Act claims, Tennessee Trade Practices Act claims, Fair Credit Reporting Act claims, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims, and collections work related to recovery of judgments. He has written the article titled, "Toward the Creation of Federal Bioethics Commission and Model Rules of Bioethical Conduct: A Proposal of Legal and Ethical Guidelines for the Rapidly Expanding Medical Genetics Field," 19 Med. L. Quarterly 1 (Parts 3 & 4 1995). Mr. Pulliam earned his B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. He is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee, American and Federal (past president, Nashville Chapter) bar associations. (Knoxville and Nashville locations)

BEN RAYBIN is an attorney with the law firm of Raybin & Weissman, P.C. in Nashville. Mr. Raybin has defended hundreds of clients against various misdemeanor and felony charges, and has also worked on several civil cases involving personal injury and civil rights matters. He has briefed and argued cases before the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Mr. Raybin has appeared multiple times in both television and print news giving interviews on trending legal cases and issues. He received his B.A. degree from The University of Chicago and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. Mr. Raybin is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. (Knoxville and Nashville locations)

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