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Online Discovery: Home

What is Pre-Discovery Research

Pre-discovery happens before the case is filed.

Primarily fact investigation:






[And sometimes] Why?

You can get most of this information during discovery, but researching before litigation begins can be beneficial.

Types of Discovery

Discovery starts with people or businesses. You might want to search the public records of the plaintiff, learn about the Judge presiding over the case, or learn about the assets of a debtor.

Some of this information can be found on the internet from various free and paid services. Beginning your searches early can save time and money for you and your clients.

For example, you could search for the following information:

Public records;



Expert witnesses;

Information about businesses; and

Court documents.

WestLawNext & Lexis Advance

       Westlaw Next
  • –Directories
  • –West Legal Directory
  • –Westlaw Profiler: Attorneys, Judges, & Expert Witnesses
  • –Business Law Center
  • –Company Investigator
  • –SEC Filings
         Lexis Advance
  • –Public Records
  • –People, Businesses, Property, Licenses, & Court Records
  • –Expert Witness Analysis
  • –Dockets
  • –Directories
  • –Company and Financial