Get a preliminary picture to see if the case is worth pursuing, and potential for post judgment collection.
Confirm the right parties so you can win an enforceable judgment for your client, or find additional defendants.
Obtain statements that corroborate your client's account of events, or alert you to discrepancies.
Get photos, leads and other on-site information to determine what happened and how to proceed.
Check out the credibility of complainants, witnesses, clients and potential defendants.
Find the current whereabouts of potential defendants, witnesses and third-parties.