I examine handwritings in cases where fraud, forgery, falsification
might be a factor. As a Forensic Document Examiner it is my job to determine whether a
handwriting is authentic or forged.
Forgery, falsification ?
It is frequently necessary to determine if a particular handwriting is
carried out by a certain person, as in cases of suspected fraud, forgery or falsification:
Wills, contracts, agreements, (travellers') cheques or
other documents in cases where the authencity of the signature might be uncertain.
Anonymous letters (of intimidation) where I can identify or eliminate
a particular suspected person.
Or a "friend" might use your signature for his own
purposes, e.g. if he is caught on the bus or train without a ticket.
In such cases, as a handwriting expert and graphologist and with the
proper material in hand I would be able to determine who has written the questioned
The material to be used for the examination consists of:
The questioned document, i.e. the signature or the textsample, which
is to be determined
Material (samples of handwriting) for comparison, which if at all
possible was written with no suspicion of future examination.
It must be ample and should (as a minimum) contain several of the same
letters and figures as the text to be determined. It should also show the same type and
style of handwriting: i.e. capitals and lowercase letters.
If the examination is a part of a forensic investigation it is
necessary that original material is used. Photocopies can be used only in cases where the
original material has be presented.