who uses Lexis Nexis consumer reports, and for what reasons do they use them?
Question by slomoshn: who uses Lexis Nexis consumer reports, and for what reasons do they use them?
Answer by Freefromdrama
Child Support Enforcement
LEXIS-NEXIS’ person locator and public records data bases are very helpful in tracking down the hardest-to-find “deadbeat parents” who have refused to pay child support. .
For example, when a non-custodial parent leaves a state’s jurisdiction, the custodial parent usually bears sole responsibility for collecting court-ordered child support. By using P-TRAK to search on the ex-spouse’s social security number, a lawyer for the custodial parent or a government employee charged with child support enforcement can locate the non-custodial parent quickly, even though he or she may be actively disguising his or her identity.
2. Uniting Separated Families
P-TRAK, P-FIND and similar commercial locator data bases permit law enforcement personnel, lawyers for parents or children, and advocates for children to reunite family members. For example, customers have informed us of cases where they have used P-TRAK to reunite brothers who were separated for 17 years, and public records data bases to help a state agency locate a 10-year-old child’s aunt who at his request adopted him, avoiding the need to place him in foster care.
3. Locating Heirs To Estates
Social security numbers are often included in wills to offer assistance in locating beneficiaries. Commercial locator services offer a cost-effective means for the estate’s attorney/executor to locate the heirs even if decades have transpired since the will’s execution, heirs and witnesses have relocated or married and changed their names, etc. In one case,
P-TRAK was used to help locate a destitute Montana farmer who received a $ 4 million inheritance.
4. Pension Fund Beneficiaries
Pensions provide important supplemental income that permits millions of elderly Americans to continue to live a comfortable existence after retirement. Yet every year, thousands of pension fund beneficiaries are unable to receive pensions owed to them because the trustee or administrator of the fund is unable to locate them. Commercial locator data bases, such as P-TRAK and P-FIND, are used to help solve this problem by providing an effective and simple way for the trustee or administrator — who has the Social Security Number of the former employee on tax records, even though decades may have passed since the beneficiary left the company — to make sure that beneficiaries receive pension money owed to them. Indeed, federal law requires the administrators of certain plans to use commercial locator services to search for missing plan participants.
5. Locating Trial Witnesses, and Aiding Investigations and Criminal Prosecutions
Another significant use of P-TRAK and P-FIND is to help locate uninsured motorists, eyewitnesses to accidents, and other witnesses for civil litigation. For example, personal injury cases often take years to go to trial because they are usually filed one or more years after the accident, delayed in the judicial process, and compete for time on crowded judicial dockets. This means that in many cases attorneys have an “old” address for a witness. By using P-TRAK to search by name and prior address, these witnesses can be found years after the accident.
P-TRAK and P-FIND provide important tools to law enforcement officials for criminal investigations and prosecutions because they are ideally suited for tracking witnesses and investigative targets efficiently. Up-to-date information from these services has permitted law enforcement officials to locate and arrest significant numbers of hard-to-find criminals who often move and assume different names in efforts to evade capture. In addition, LEXIS-NEXIS’ public records products are used by law enforcement to track criminals’ commercial activities, such as land purchases, incorporation of corporate “front companies,” and to learn of criminals’ assets in preparation for criminal prosecutions or civil forfeiture actions.
Tracing the Influence of Money in Politics
Public record products perform an important function in advancing the transparency of government operations. A leading example is LEXIS-NEXIS’ data base of FEC filings, which affords the press and government watchdog groups, including Common Cause, as well as political parties themselves, easy access and flexible search capacity to review records of federal political campaign contributions. The data base has also been used in political corruption investigations.
Moreover, both the Democratic National Committee and Republic National Committee use LEXIS-NEXIS press articles and our public records data bases as a cost-effective way to run checks on political contributors. Indeed, the DNC recently resumed use of these data bases for this purpose.
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