There are several names given to experts that study handwriting and the examination of questioned documents. The Handwriting Expert studies and primarily works with handwriting. The Forensic Document Examiner may investigate typewriting, charred paper and paper history, erased or obliterated writing, inks, the reading of burned or charred paper. The use of chemicals, ultraviolet radiation, infra-red and color photography and many other processes can be employed to reveal facts about a document.
The study of handwriting is and will be the fundamental part of this profession. The signature is the most important part of any document because it represents the will, the approval and acceptance of the person who signs the document. That is why we use signatures on documents instead of fingerprints. If a person is drunk, insane or drugged there is no will. There is a difference in signing your name and writing your name. That difference is the intent and will of the writer.
2007 to Present
Member and Participant in Katherine Koppenhaver weekly audio/visual teleconference; regarding advanced topics in forensic document examination
Document Examiner Seminar, Katherine Koppenhaver, Baltimore, MD 20 hours CEU
Miami/Dada Metropolitan Police Institute, Forensic Digital Imaging,
Miami, Florida, 40 hours CEU
National Association of Forensic Documents Examiners Annual Conference,
Tucson, AZ 26 hours, CEU
East Tennessee State University, Dept of Criminal Justice Criminology, 4 hours CEU
2006 to 2007
Continued Education with School of Forensic Document Examination
Document Examination Conference, Dallas TX also guest presenter at the conference
International Coaching Certification, 2 year program, NLPCA, San Francisco, CA
Certified Neuro Linguistic Practitioner, NLP Comprehensive, Boulder,Colorado
1980 to Present
President/Owner of Solutions for Success, Inc
Prudential Insurance Company of America, Omaha, Nebraska
Handwriting and Forgery Detection Training with Dr. Marie Cassil, Kansas City, Missouri (includes a 2 year apprenticeship in Forensic Document Examination with Dr. Marie Cassil )
Over time, I have conducted hundreds of examinations and generated reports concerning questioned handwriting and signatures and have received letters of commendation regarding my work. In addition, I have worked with attorneys in the design of deposition questions that focus onoutcome specific results.
I have qualified as a Handwriting Expert and Forensic Document Examiner in Nebraska and Iowa courts; giving testimony in Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Sanders, Montgomery and Pottawattamie Counties. I have worked with attorneys on State as well as Federal cases. In addition, I have worked with fraud and legal departments, attorneys, investigators, government agencies, teachers, insurance companies, universities, banks, business owners, as well as individuals and families concerning many issues regarding handwriting. In addition, I attend forensic seminars and courses for continued education.
I have designed and taught hundreds of students Forgery Detection and Handwriting Analysis, through Metro Community College, Southeast Community College, Clemson University. I have worked directly with Physicians Mutual and Woodmen of the World Legal Department to train hundreds of underwriters basic forgeryindicators as well as teams from various business organizations, businesses and groups. I have presented “Forgery Red Flags” to numerous groups including the Nebraska Bar Association and Eastern NE Anti Fraud Association.
I am affiliated with TASA, Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys, as a Handwriting Expert/Forensic Document Examiner
I hold memberships in the following organizations:
- International Coaching Federation
- Handwriting Analyst of America
- Nebraska National Speakers Association
- Eastern NE Anti Fraud Association
- Coalition of Handwriting Analysts International