N.L. Smith Investigations is a Sarasota based private investigations firm. We are dedicated to maintaining our well-deserved professional reputation as a results oriented private investigative agency. We offer our clients the best in the form of diligence, creativity and unique resources.

The team at N.L. Smith Investigations has years of legal experience assisting attorneys win the best possible outcomes for their clients. We have worked everything from high-profile voluminous litigation to small claims disputes. Give us a call and see how we can help.

Owner Nancy Smith grew up reading Nancy Drew novels and always dreamed of someday being a Private Detective. Her dream was finally realized when she started N.L. Smith Investigative Services in 2006. Smith has spent over 25 years in the legal field and graduated from El Centro College in Dallas, Texas. Nine of these years were at the Office of the Public Defender assisting the Capital Division on murder cases, both as a Paralegal and an Investigator.

Private investigators use a variety of means to determine the facts, customized for your individual needs. To carry out investigations, we use various types of surveillance and searches. To verify facts, such as an individual’s place of employment or income, we may make phone calls or visit a subject’s workplace. Our duties as investigators depend on the needs of our clients.

In other cases such as background checks, we often interview people to gather as much information as possible about an individual. In all cases, our investigators assist attorneys, businesses, and the public resolve a variety of legal, financial, and personal issues.

N.L. Smith Investigations offers many services, including pre-employment verification and individual background profiles. We also provide assistance in civil liability and personal injury cases, child custody and protection cases, and premarital screening.

Increasingly, we are hired to investigate individuals to prove or disprove infidelity. We perform physical surveillance, often for long periods in a car or van. We may observe a site, such as the home of a subject, from an inconspicuous location and obtain photos and video of their activities.

We also perform computer database searches which allows us to quickly obtain massive amounts of information on individuals, such as prior arrests, convictions, and legal judgments, telephone numbers, motor vehicle registrations, social media searches and other matters.

We can assist in developing a financial profile and perform asset searches. Our reports reflect information gathered through interviews, investigation, surveillance, and research, including review of public documents.

As legal investigators we specialize in cases involving the courts and are frequently employed by law firms. We assist in preparing criminal defenses, locating witnesses, interviewing prospective witnesses, and gathering and reviewing evidence. We also may collect information on the parties to litigation, take photographs, testify in court, and assemble evidence and reports for trials.