Document Examination Expert Witness FAQ Part 1

On his website, document examination expert witness Richard T. Picciochi answers the following questions:

How can forensic document examiners help attorneys?

A forensic document examiner (FDE) can assist clients by resolving a variety of disputed signature, handwriting and document problems including contested wills, deeds, contracts, mortgages, insurance forms, nuptial agreements, forged checks and altered medical records. An FDE can offer oral or written opinions, provide litigation support and testify as an expert witness.

Is graphology the same as forensic handwriting examination?

While both disciplines involve the analysis of handwriting the principles and methods are quite different. Graphology attempts to predict personality profiles while forensics involves scientific method to compare questioned and known writing characteristics to identify or eliminate an author. Unfortunately, there are some graphologists who claim to be forensic scientists.

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