Relative Proof, LLC performs research and analysis at $40 per hour. Relative Proof's hourly billing rate does not include additional costs, which can include but are not limited to, vital record/document fees, microfilm rental, photocopying and scanning fees, parking fees, and/or postage for which the client is responsible. Any and all such charges will be communicated to the client for approval prior to any actions being taken. Before any research begins, the client will be asked to sign an engagement letter, and provide Relative Proof with any previous research, findings, or documentation he or she may have regarding the individual or family to be researched (aka the “Client Materials”). Review of “Client Materials" will be billed at $40 per hour, with the first hour of review being done at no charge. All new clients must provide a non-refundable retainer of 50%. Relative Proof will deliver the final work product only after final payment has been received. Please note, Relative Proof has a twenty hour minimum requirement for research projects with Relative Proof's time being reserved in five hour increments thereafter. Should a project be completed in less than twenty hours of work, the client will be charged for only the time used, but all initial engagements are for a minimum of twenty hours. Relative Proof will in turn develop an effective research plan, provide a research log of all resources and repositories searched, and present the correlation of all the collected evidence relative to the research goal in a documented, written format.
Document Retrieval The cost of document retrieval depends most heavily upon the amount of time it takes to retrieve the document(s) in need; therefore, how far away the repository is and whether or not the client knows the exact location/citation of the needed document(s) will determine the client's cost. Relative Proof charges $40 an hour for time spent retrieving a document. Parking fees, photocopying/scanning charges, microfilm rental, and local repository fees for the document(s) will be passed on to the client. Mileage is not charged to the client. Again, no such fees will be charged without first communicating them to the client for approval. Relative Proof has fairly easy access to Cobb, Dekalb, Forsyth, Fulton, and Gwinnett county repositories. Please mention if you are an active member of APG when inquiring about document retrieval costs.
Tombstone Photos Like document retrieval, the cost of taking a tombstone photo depends most heavily upon the amount of time it takes to find the tombstone(s) needed to be photographed; therefore, how far away the cemetery is and whether or not the client knows the exact location of the tombstone(s) of interest will determine the client's cost. Relative Proof charges $40 an hour for time spent taking the picture, which includes travel to and from the cemetery. Mileage is not charged to the client. Please mention if you are an active member of APG when inquiring about tombstone photo costs.
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