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Frequently Asked Questions

Need a Private Investigator in St. Louis?

At Markell & Associates, Inc., we provide high-quality investigative services using the latest technology and careful attention to detail. Whether you are a company or individual that needs to locate a person or obtain information, our team is well-equipped to handle your needs. We have over 60 years of combined experience and have served St. Louis since 1978.

Our team is available to handle your request at any time of day or night, so don't hesitate to contact our office by phone or email. Our priority is to answer your questions and meet your needs to the best of our abilities. Start by getting answers to some frequently asked question about private investigations.

Call Markell & Associates, Inc. at (888) 658-8081 for your free consultation.

Do private investigators need to have a license?

Yes. Private investigators must pass a licensing exam and meet continuing education requirements. They must also submit to a background check and have insurance for professional liability. We have been in the investigation business for many years and are licensed both in the state of Missouri and Illinois!

Can private investigators enter buildings without permission?

No. A private investigator may not enter private property without getting consent from the owner.

Can private investigators carry a gun?

Private investigators may carry a weapon as long as they have a permit to do so. Their private investigator license does not authorize them to carry a weapon; they must obtain a license from the Sheriff's Office.

Can a private investigator find out if my spouse is cheating on me?

A private investigator is able to help spouses find out if their spouse is cheating on them, which may affect child support, property division, and other family law matters.

I don't think my employee is actually hurt. Can a private investigator help me prove it?

Most private investigators are equipped to help employers identify fraudulent workers' compensation claims and gather evidence need to prove the deception to the court. At Markell & Associates, Inc., we use the latest technology to capture subjects in situations that will prove they are not injured as they have claimed.

Contact Our Private Investigators in St. Louis

No matter how complex your situation may seem, you can trust our investigative team to help you get the information you need. Our founder, Mark Smith, has been in the business for more than three decades and is licensed by the state of Missouri and the St. Louis Sheriff's Office! Call our office or submit an online form to get started.

We have personally delivered hundreds of thousands of summons.

A Proven History of Results

  • “Mark at Markell found and served the guy within hours.”

    Mallory Merkel

  • “They are reliable, professional, prompt and fast.”

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  • “They are consistently professional, courteous and willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.”

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  • “Efficient and dependable.”

    Chris Smith

  • “Markell and Associates exceeded our expectations with professional and courteous service.”

    Elaine Dandaneau

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