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Intial Investment as low as        $199.00*



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 Serving Lawyers, Attorneys, Firms, Businesses, Individuals, and the Legal Community Since 1986



   110% SIGN UP RATE!**

You represent victims! Don't be a victim yourself of the prospective client "GENERAL FALL OUT RATE."  The "GENERAL FALL OUT RATE" if you are a sole proprietor, or don't have an experienced field representative on your side... most likely

OVER 35%

And they don't simply "FALL OUT", they "MIGRATE" to your competitors.  Most likely your "FALL OUT RATE" is over 35% when using inexperienced individuals to meet with your prospective clients.  AND that means you too!  Yes YOU.  How many claimants have you signed?  Do you have a 100% signup rate?  Can you meet with a prospective claimant at night, at their home in San Diego, or on the weekend while you are on vacation skiing?  I didn't think so.  But I CAN sign up that claim for you.  If your prospective client is seriously injured or this is a wrongful death claim, and your prospective clients are "interviewing" attorneys, the fall out rate is MUCH higher when using inexperienced individuals. When Schwalbe investigations is on the case, we have a


By that we mean that we often learn of a new personal injury or other new legal matters for the attorney to handle while we are meeting with the victim.  We have often learned of catastrophic injuries at the meeting with the prospective claimant, which the attorney, or their office staff have not inquired about.  So, in reality, on one specific claim, we can turn a minor rear end accident claim into a HUGE windfall for your office, and better yet, a claimant will obtain an adequate recovery with you on their side.  Why do we do this?  Because we LOVE to help consumers.  Victims of insurance ignorance or even arbitrary or capricious behavior seems to be as prolific as ever. Consumers need to understand their rights.  Rights that attorneys protect and inform about. 


We will meet attorney's client(s) at:




















We are available to sign up clients in Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara County, San Diego County, Imperial County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County, San Luis Obispo County, Monterey County, Kings County, Tulare County, Kern County, Inyo County, Fresno County, Madera County, Merced County Mono County, Mariposa County, Stanislaus County, San Benito County, Orange County and all of Southern California's beautiful cities.  Please contact us to discuss your needs.  Heck, get me a plane ticket and I'll sign your client anywhere.



Call or CONTACT us TODAY to discuss this offer at our email 

We will call you ASAP to discuss a new relationship.


"Only $199 to sign up my new clients?  Tell me MORE"


This Initial Investigation includes, but isn't limited to:

   - Meeting with your personal injury victim clients and/or family

  - Signature on retainer and authorizations, if they sign

  - Attorney accident intake campleted, if information available

  - Digital imaging and measurement of injuries, accident scene, property damage, documents or other, providing no further time or travel involved

  - Hard Copies delivered to your office via email/fax and/or USPS, and original delivered ASAP.

  - Email delivery of digital images, or direct download of images to your computer (if you have set up a station for this)

  - Notification of prior or existing claims, other claims, and legal matters discovered




Other services available upon request:


- Background checks of client

- Defendant Background checks

- Witness background checks

- Employee background checks

- Service of Process, including, Difficult service of process

- Location of defendants, clients, witnesses, or evidence

- Scene photographs, diagram, and measurments

- Video of scene, client, defendant, claimant, and evidence

- Property owner verifiation for real estate

- Escorting client to and from court, depositions, medical appointments

- Medical records copying at doctors office, hospital, or records storage facility of your choice.

- Departments of Motor Vehicle (DMV) information

- Accompany/escort claimants to court, doctors apppointments

- Defense/Independant medical examination observation and/or recordation

- Expedite any action necessary from claimant, such as records retreival

- Expedite claimant's signature on releases, motions, verifications, and/or checks



Our hourly rates are
$100.00 per hour,  $ .75/mile,  plus costs, and expenses including out of the area sign ups. 
This includes travel.  While we are driving to your claimant we can't driver to others!
Time and half for weekends, evenings, double time for holidays. 
Out of area sign ups will often be signed same day as assigned!

All areas other than the OC are hourly +mileage +costs+ expenses


Why the name "Freepi"?

Because its "free private investigation" in the long run.  You pay Schwalbe, you recover that which you paid us from the client's proceeds!  Ergo, there's nothing out of your pocket on a viable claim!

Our E-mail is the best contact method

Questions, please contact us to set up a telephone interview and establish a relationship, we are happy to help.

Please ask any questions you might have.



License number: CA PI-15716, Established last Century!


* This price includes up to 1 individual for claims arising out of the same incident who attend the same meeting.  Additional claimants cost $29.00 each.  Wait time is billed hourly for claimants who show up late. Independant claims for any one or all of the individuals are $199.00 per claim. We reserve the right to refuse service to any attorney based on a liteny of reasons.  We charge a fee for our service, which is not contingient upon your prospective client signing documets.  Client must be told that they will be visited by an agent of the attorney's office and that that agent is there to have prospective new client sign the retainer and authorizations as well as any other documents, so the attorney may represent them in a legal claim or prospective legal claim.  Failure of claimant to sign is not the responsibilty of this highly trained investigator or his employ. Premium charges apply after hours, weekends, and holidays, mainly due to negotiating the rush hour traffic, missing family functions, or cutting short vacations and down time.  Additional investigations at another location or scene will be charged at the hourly rate, plus mileage.  All costs, such as toll road fees, parking fees, copy, fax, meals for clients, and other incidental fees will be charged to the file/attorney/claimant.  Bills will incude such costs and should be deducted from clients cost ledger as they are incurred.  Attorney agrees to mark clients cost ledger immediatly for any work assigned so as not to settle any matter prior to dispensing outstanding investigation fees.   **General fall out rate to your competitors is most likely over 30% when using inexperienced individuals to meet with your prospective clients. If your prospective client is seriously injured or this is a wrongful death claim, and your prospective clients are "interviewing" attorneys, the fall out rate is MUCH higher when using inexperienced individuals. When Schwalbe Investigations is on the case, we have a 110% sign up rate. By that we mean that we often times learn of new personal injury or other legal matters for the attorney to handle while we are meeting with the victim. We have often learned of catastrophic injuries at the meeting with the prospective claimant. So, in reality, on one specific claim, we can turn a minor rear end accident claim into a HUGE windfall for your office by connecting a unrepresented victim to your office for consumer aid and advice. Why do we do this? Because we LOVE to help consumers. Victims of insurance ignorance is prolific. Consumers need to understand their rights. Rights that attorneys protect, inform, and educate about.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

QUESTION: Should I have a LIVE person answer my incoming phone calls?
Answer:  YES!!!

Let’s talk about answering machines. But, first let’s look at your costs of life. You spend at least two bucks a day buying a coffee drink such as a Starbucks, Peet’s, or at your local donut shop, right? That’s at least $40 a month, without that delicious bagel. No coffee or bagel? You’re weird, and probably have a smoothie, which is even more expensive. I’m weird.

When you go out for drinks you spend at least $50 bucks a night, right? If you go out twice a week, Saturday and Sunday, that’s $100. Times four for each weekend a month! $400. Now look at that VISA bill, it is actually more isn’t it?

How about lunch? Even a basic meal at McDonald’s is $5! And I know you attorneys aren’t eating at McDonald’s, are you? That’s a minimum of $100 a month for lunch. For McDonalds, I mean. And who eats there every day, other than that movie maker

Now, about your sports club. 60% of paid health club memberships NEVER get used. That means that out of every 100 of you attorneys, only 40 percent EVER use the membership at all, yet keep paying the monthly bill. Let me blow your mind again. Only SIX percent of paid memberships get used regularly. That’s right! So you’re wasting money there.

Gas is OVER 4 bucks a gallon. You are using your fair share I am sure, zipping around town to get your Lattes at Starbucks, eating lunch alone, and avoiding the gym. And, some of you are still signing up your own claimants in other counties. Ouch.

And the car you put the gas in better not be a junker (we’ll talk about that in a later blog). Most likely not a Toyota Prius, I hope. Have some class, right? Beemer, Merc, Cadi, or some 4X4 to haul yourself out into the wild on the weekends. Payment is probably over $600 a month, right, not counting the boat? I mean my car payment is more than that.. And we all know I don’t make anywhere near your kind of money.

All these things are important to you. You must enjoy and be comfortable in your life. So you spend on all these “necessities”.

Now, let us talk about your office. The lawyer’s office. Nay, the counselor’s office. Yes the counselor. Well, that is what the prospective client is calling about. They want to be counseled on their case. Know why? Because of your ad. What am I talking about you say? Well, your ad says “FREE CONSULTATION”. That is why they are calling. For the FREE offer you have put forward. They want the free consultation by the counselor at law. They certainly aren’t calling to pay you money. Not yet anyway. They want the FREE stuff first.

Now I want to talk about answering machines. Or rather, whom, or what, answers your phone after hours. How do you handle the phones after hours? Do you pay a live person to sit at your office to answer the phones all night? Do you forward the phone to your personal cell phone? Do you have an answering machine pick up messages? That’s the most common. But, if you are a solo practitioner, you may not have anyone or anything answer the phones. That’s right, it just rings and rings, ad infinitum. That is the death knell to obtaining that case. How do I know? Because I signed up that case for another attorney, who had a live person answer the phone. I asked that client why they chose this firm. They said, “A live person answered the phone when I called. The other 12 firms I called had an answering machine or it just rang and rang.”

Now, for those answering machines. How much do you spend per month on advertising? And do those ads only reveal themselves between 9am to 5pm? No. Google, Bing, and other internet ads are 24 hours a day. Yellow pages can be opened whenever. Is your website down or turned off at night? No. Radio and TV ads play when contracted of course. But even those ads can be valuable if a listener jots down your number and talks it over with family later that day.

It costs only around $30 a month for a LIVE person to answer your phones at an offsite professional answering service for after hour calls. Do at least that. Have that receptionist call you immediately, or have someone in your office assigned to receive that message from the live answering service. Preferably within minutes. Know why? Well, those yellow pages are still open to the Attorney’s page where other attorneys are listed. And the Google page? Yes, your competitors are listed just underneath yours. Or to the right. And believe me, that injured person will be calling around.

Here is what victims commonly say to me when I meet them:
“You are the only firm who returned my call.”
Guess what? The other firms will call back, just not as quickly as I do. That is why my attorney clients use my services over the next investigator.

The best option? Someone actually from your office answering the phone after hours. And be sure to trade that task around the office. Don’t saddle one person with this basically 24/7 job. They will go crazy. I’ve seen it. I’ve almost done it.

Certainly you can afford the basic $30 per month answering service so your prospective client feels comfortable and enjoys their FIRST contact with your office. That first “touch” is like the first touch of a first date of a new relationship. This is a RELATIONSHIP unless they don’t want it. The average small case is worth $5000 in attorney fees, or so I am told. And there is that “retirement case”. Do you want to risk losing that for $30 per month? That is only $360 per year to have the solace and comfort that a live person is making the first contact with them in their time of serious needs. Check these two services out, though there are lots more:

Claims to charge $1 per call:

This is your typical monthly service charge company:

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