Do you need the originals?
While original documents are preferred, we can work with photocopies, if they are of good quality.
How many samples of signatures do you need?
You can generaly give an opinion with as little as 2 or 3 samples, but more samples and close to the date of the questioned signature, is always better.
Will your professional opinion be accepted in a court of law?
All forensic document examiners have to qualify each time in a court of law by decision of the judge. Once the court accepts an expert’s qualifications, their opinions are admissible as evidence.
What is the difference between document examination and handwriting analysis?
Handwriting analysis studies personality traits, where a document examiner uses scientific methods to evaluate handwriting for forensic purposes. They two different fields.
What types of equipment do you use?
It depends on the case. Magnification is almost always used, whether with a computer program or a stereo microscope. We also use photography, and various lighting and measuring techniques and equipment.