Lawyers and other professionals contact our office every day and ask whether it is permissible for an asset search company or private investigator to conduct bank, stock, bond or mutual fund account searches on a subject. The short answer is “no”.
Not only is conducting a bank, stock, bond, or mutual fund search considered to be an invasion of privacy, but it is also considered to be an unfair and deceptive business practice. More important, any company that claims to be capable of conducting bank account searches in this day and age, (and there are a number of them) is doing so by using false pretenses. If that was not enough, the Board of Bar Overseers has also come out and stated that an attorney, who has a bank account search conducted on their behalf, could be held vicariously liable. Finally, the Attorney General’s offices, in a large number of states, have aggressively sought and obtained injunctions and heavy fines against asset search companies who conduct bank account searches.
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