Forensic Document Examiner – James A. Green
Forensic document examiners play an integral role inside and outside of the court system. They serve as specialized experts for attorneys and individuals, determining if documents have, or have not, been fabricated, altered or ‘forged’ in some manner. If evidence is recovered, supporting a client’s case that is in litigation, the document examiner will serve as an expert witness during the trial.
Document examiners are trained to conduct a variety of analyses, but are commonly retained to examine signatures and hand written text in question. As a result, a document examiner is commonly referred to as a handwriting expert or signature expert. Proficiency as a handwriting expert requires years of training and experience to acquire the skill necessary to recognize individual writing patterns and characteristics, allowing the examiner to differentiate between genuine and simulated signatures.
Mr. Green is well trained and experienced in handwriting and signature examinations. His examination results are documented in a detailed report prepared for his clients.
In addition to signature and handwriting comparisons, document examiners are regularly tasked with comparing inks, papers, recovering indented writing, examining fonts, printing types, writing instruments, etc. Another common request is related to the examination of documents purportedly the result of a ‘cut and paste’ fabrication.
Clients frequently contact Mr. Green for his services to:
Examine signatures to determine if they are genuine or the result of a simulation, tracing or ‘cut and paste’ process. Common documents submitted include wills, contracts, titles, checks, deeds, etc.
Examine hand written text in documents such as threatening or harassing notes, wills, ledgers, time sheets, loan documents, etc.
Analyze suspected alterations of entries in medical records, contracts, accounting ledgers, checks, receipts, etc.
Determine if a page substitution occured within a multi-paged document.
Determine the original text beneath obliterating fluid, ink or other substance.
Recover and decipher the non-visible, indented writing on paper.
Compare inks of questioned entries on medical files, ledgers, contracts, etc.