FAQ

Q: I am an attorney. My client brought me a document and said he did not sign it. Do you handle this type of case?

A: Yes, I do. I have examined thousands of signatures.‚Äč

Q: After you examine the documents do you have something I can present to the court?

A: After examining your documents, I will give you a written report that will state my opinion.

Q: What if the case goes to trial? Have you testified in court?

A: Yes, I have provided expert testimony in more than 80 cases. I am court qualified and speak in terms a jury can understand..

Q: Do you do court exhibits?

A: Yes, I will prepare exhibits that will strongly support my findings and visually prove why I came to my conclusion. Most of my cases settle out of court after my report is issued.

Q: How long have you been doing Questioned Document Examination?

A: I have been a document examiner since 1989.

Q: Are you certified?

A: Yes, by the Institute of Graphological Science.

Q: Someone sent me an anonymous note and I want to know who did it. Do you handle things like this?

A: Yes I handle all types of handwriting identification cases, including anonymous letters and notes, sexual/racial harassment and threatening letters.

Q: I have a (will/contract/promissory note/check/credit card charge/employee evaluation form/insurance form/etc) with a signature that I know is not authentic. Do you analyze signatures?

A: Yes I specialize in signature comparisons.

Q: What do I need to give you to compare the signatures?

A: You need to do the following:

  1. Give me the original document if it is available, and keep copies for yourself. If the original is not available then you need to get a first generation copy (a copy made from the original).
  2. Gather as many original documents that are dated as close to the date on the questioned documents as possible (within 6 months if possible) with genuine writing of the person whose name appears on the questioned document.
  3. Keep all documents as clean as possible (Do not write on them for any reason) Use post it notes to label the documents as Q for questioned writing, and K for known writing. Attach the note near the signatures but not directly over them.
  4. Inform me of any conditions such as illnesses, old age, drugs, and so on which could influence the writing.

Q: I did not sign this (contract, promissory note, etc) What can I do to prove I did not sign it?

A: Submit several samples of your handwriting from as close as possible to the date on the document in question. I will compare those samples to the document in question, to determine whether the signature is authentic. I may ask you to provide additional samples. Then I will examine all the writing and give you an unbiased opinion in the form of a report, or affidavit. I like to prepare an exhibit for court that will prove visually how I came to my conclusion.

Q: My client says the medical records were altered. Do you handle this type of case and what is the next step to prove it?

A: Yes, I handle altered medical records cases. To begin with, you will need to get good quality copies of the records. After I have examined those, if it looks as if there have been alterations, then you will need to arrange for me to see the originals.

Q: My client claims some corporate minutes were backdated. Can you prove it?

A: Yes, I handle altered medical records cases. To begin with, you will need to get good quality copies of the records. After I have examined those, if it looks as if there have been alterations, then you will need to arrange for me to see the originals.

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