Electronic Contract Agreement

Shadow Company Investigations

Chief Investigator Michael Bland, State License #2014011905

I, the employing Client, do hereby engage Shadow Company Investigations LLC, a Missouri Limited Liability Company (hereinafter “SCI”) to perform the requested Private Investigation services, as described in my initial email to SCI and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions as of the date of my paying the online PayPal Buisness invoice with limited terms & conditions due to character size and its referring to this full size legally binding contract. 

  1. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

A:  Upon signing, digitally or otherwise, and or Initialing this electronic document, the Client acknowledges they have read and agreed to the following Terms & Conditions; wherein the Client recognizes this electronic document (or printed version when required) as a legally binding document between SCI and Client.

B:  The Client thereby acknowledges that for ease of both the Client and SCI that SCI provides fees at a flat rate.  Client agrees to pay the flat rate fees on Private Investigation Services in the amount(s) deemed relevant to their investigation needs.   Upon special and explicit request of Client and written acknowledgment of SCI, SCI may offer hourly rates as discussed in Section II(2).

  1. FLAT FEE STRUCTURE

Client agrees that for the sake of consistent billing that Client is

  1. Fees are agreed upon as follows in the payment form of “Flat Rate Fees”

Rates are a Fixed Flat Fee of $2000.00 per week = 5 Business days Monday – Friday 9-5

There is a 5% Credit Card Processing Fee on top of the Fee. This fee is not required if you pay via Cash, Money Order, or Check. 

  1. Special Circumstances are as quoted and specially requested according to the following categories

a: Special Circumstances – I.

Hourly Rate, $100.00 Fees/ Fees for Priority Services requested DURING Normal Office Hours. DURING Normal Office Hours are as defined by 9am – 5pm; Monday – Friday, excluding holidays)

b:  Special Circumstances – II.

Hourly Rate, $250.00 Fees/ Fees for Priority Services requested AFTER Normal Office Hours. AFTER Normal Office Hours are as defined by any time between 5:01pm – 8:59am; during Monday – Friday and any time over the weekend between 5:01pm Friday – 8:59am Monday

c: Special Circumstanes, IIISpecially quoted rate/Hour Fees/ Fees for Priority Services requested; which shall be established by SCI and Client prior to signing of contract; or during a time of renegotiating the Priority of Investigative Services.  Such negotiated rate shall become a part of this contract as Fee Exhibit A.

All fees are considered earned at the time of Employment and Client acknowledges that flat fees are based on an estimated 20 hours per week, however this is an estimation and amounts of time per week may vary between 14 and 30 hours, and may include the time to prepare reports and additional conversations with Client.

Cases under a Week & Last Minute

Cases involving

  • Last minute
  • Only a few hours long or few days etc.
  • No time for planning
  • No information on subject to be watched like hotel, destination, vehicle type, or itinerary

Fully understand Shadow Company Investigations typically recommends a week minimum for cheating Spouse Surveillance, 2 weeks for Child Custody, and even loner for other cases. Our cases often take planning, time, and sometimes several hours, days, or weeks to get desired results for any type of Private Investigation. Therefore, I realize doing a case under a week minimum may greatly diminish the results I receive during this last-minute investigation. Knowing this as it has now been explained to me by shadow Company Investigations I would like to proceed and hope for the best outcome on my case.

For these cases we charge the hourly rate of $250.00 Hourly with a 3-hour minimum which is billed up front with no refunds and all terms & conditions on the Website and condensed version on PayPal still apply.

III. FINDINGS

Client acknowledges and agrees payments are for investigative services conducted by SCI, its Employees and Subcontractors.  SCI will prepare a written report which will summarize the results of SCI’s investigative services. Client thereby acknowledges and agrees results of an investigation will vary from case to case and are in no way guaranteed.  Such report and evidence collected will be collected and provided in a form SCI believes to be the best available way.  Client agrees that if Client needs evidence or a report in a specific format or of a specific quality that such requests have been made and agreed to in writing prior to the signing of this Agreement. Client acknowledges and agrees the services rendered and investigative evidentiary based fact findings provided by SCI, its employees and Subcontractors, during or at the close of the investigation, as to have met or exceeded the Investigative Industry Based Standards of Services Rendered and all payments(s) for said concluding evidentiary based fact findings and services rendered are NON-REFUNDABLE.

  1. DISPUTES REGARDING THIS AGREEMENT

Client thereby acknowledges and agrees any dispute, failure to pay, or charge back claims, whether they are legitimately arisen; or fraudulently accusatory, decided in favor of; or against the Client or SCI, will result in ALL case notes, including names, addresses and phone numbers, phone records, evidentiary based fact findings and surveillance monitoring, as-well-as, surveillance photos and documentation of any and all sensitive and non-sensitive investigative material having to be made public information within accordance of the law to the private efforts to establish a ruling on the claim or recapture expenses incurred during the case.   Client shall not

Client agrees that a charge back or failure to pay shall constitute a material breach of this Agreement.

If any party to this Agreement institutes any legal cause of action—including arbitration or fee dispute through a credit agency—against another party arising out of or relating to this Agreement, the prevailing party will be entitled to the costs incurred in conducting the cause of action, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, collection fees and costs and court costs.

  1. CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

Client agrees that any of the following will materially jeopardize an investigation and constitute a breach of this contract:

  1. CAUSES FOR IMMEDIATE BREACH OF CONTRACT

    Client jeopardizes case by telling anyone at all about the investigation in anyway whatsoever unless authorized with the investigator.

    Client begins investigating the case in any capacity that SCI has been retained for by making inquiries, conducting research, conducting any surveillance, intelligence, or anything that can be taken as information gathering on the targets of investigation.

    Client hires another Private investigation Company while also having retained the services of SCI,

    Client displays any concerning behavior such as Insinuating about threats, making threatening comments, stalking, threatening, or dangerous type behavior toward person, persons, company, or any subject under investigation

    Client lies to or withholds any information whatsoever from SCI about the subject of investigation or Client’s relationship to subject of investigation, or any other ulterior motive for hiring SCI.

    Client lies about having a previous Private Investigator on the case or that anyone like a family member, friend. or Private Investigator had been caught conducting investigations, surveillance, or any other type of investigating at all

    Threats toward SCI staff verbally, physically, or even insinuating,

    Blackmail, Bribery, or Extortion towards SCI staff regarding threatening complaints, lawsuits, or sabotaging SCI online reputation if fees paid for the job are not refunded to provide a free job.

    Client lying about the use of Ex-Parte (Restraining Order) being in place stating they are permitted from stalking the subjects that they want investigated, watched, or monitored.

Client acknowledges that breaching the contract will constitute a complete forfeiture of any amounts paid under this Agreement, and Client will be held responsible for additional damages caused as a result of Client’s breaching action or omission. No reports, photopgraphs, or any other investigative findings will be provided when a Breach of Contract occurs.

  1. GENERAL MATTERS

a.      Governing Law; Venue; Submission to Jurisdiction

This Agreement is governed, construed, and administered according to the laws of Missouri, as from time to time amended, and any applicable federal law.  No effect is given to any choice-of-law or conflict-of-law provision or rule (whether of Missouri or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the law of any jurisdiction other than those of Missouri.

A cause of action arising out of this Agreement includes any cause of action seeking to enforce any provision of or based on any matter arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or the transactions contemplated by it.  The parties agree that any suit, action, or proceeding—whether in contract, tort, or otherwise—arising out of this Agreement must be brought in a state or federal court or courts located in the State of Missouri and in the county of or nearest to SCI’s principal office if one of these courts has subject-matter jurisdiction over the suit, action, or proceeding.  Any cause of action arising out of this Agreement is deemed to have arisen from a transaction of business in Missouri.

Each party irrevocably consents to the jurisdiction of these courts (and their respective appellate courts) in any cause of action arising out of this Agreement.  Each party irrevocably waives—to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law—any objection that it may have now or later to the venue of any action arising out of this Agreement in any of these courts, including an inconvenient forum petition.

  1. Severability

The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement does not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement.  If a court of competent jurisdiction determines that any provision is invalid, the remaining provisions of this Agreement are to be construed as if the invalid provision had never been included in this Agreement.

  1. Entire Agreement

This Agreement constitutes the sole and entire agreement of its parties with respect to the Agreement’s subject matter.  This Agreement supersedes all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations, and warranties—both written and oral—with respect to the subject matter.  As between or among the parties, no oral statements or prior written material not specifically incorporated herein shall be of any force and effect. The parties specifically acknowledge that, in entering into and executing this Agreement, each is relying solely upon the representations and agreements contained in this Agreement and no others.

No provision of this Agreement may be amended or modified except by a written instrument executed by all parties to this Agreement.

*** NO SIGNATTURE IS NEEDED BY AGREEING TO PAY THE PAYPAL BUSINESS INVOICE YOU ARE AGREEING TO THIS LEGALLY BINDING CONTRACT.

 

If Meeting Client in person please sign and date below:

Shadow Company Investigations – Investigator Michael W. Bland

Signature_____________________________

Date___________________________________

 

Client Signature __________________________________

Date_______________________________________

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