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Handwritten items and/or altered documents. This includes but is not limited to last will and testaments, trusts, contracts, divorce papers, prenuptial agreements, titles, deeds, immigration papers, loan documents, and anonymous letters/handwriting. Almost anything to do with paper, pen and ink and the identity of a person writing on it, or altering it via typewriter, Photoshop, or some kind of photocopy machine. I would say that I have handled just about any kind of forensic document examination case; even cases involving graffiti.
I typically do not examine historical documents and celebrity signatures on memorabilia. I do not conduct any destructive testing in my practice.
My fees are always consistent with no hidden costs. You can visit my Services and Fees page for a complete listing.
If you have 1 questioned document signature the examination fee is $450. If you have a complete page of handwriting in question, such as a holographic will, the examination fee is $500. After knowing my verbal opinion, you want a written report, the additional fee is $300.
If you have additional questioned documents, I suggest phoning my office at 310-910-3993 so I can give you an exact quote for your case.
My typical turn-around time for the verbal opinion is three business days and an additional three to four business days to complete the written report.
If you have deadlines to meet, just let me know so we can work together to meet those deadlines.
To get your case started you need to get your documents to my office and pay the fee for the services you require.
Phone me at 310-910-3993 for specifics and/or visit the instruction page to learn the easiest way to get your documents to me and make payment so I can start your case as soon as possible.
Yes. I can work with photocopies and although it is preferable to have originals and it greatly increases the level of certainty
in an opinion, there are many cases that originals do not exist and an opinion must be rendered using copies.
And if you think about it, if photocopies were not allowed in court then anyone who destroyed an original or fabricated a document and then destroyed the actual original, would win cases every time. It would be an open season for forgery victims as well as forgers. With that being said, don’t let a lack of originals stall your case. In many cases providing me with clear photocopies to reach a verbal opinion may help an attorney’s strategy, or your strategy, for the next steps in the case. If you have concerns and questions, please call my office at 310-910-3993.
No. While original documents are more likely to ensure a greater level of certainty in cases, many cases just do not have access to original documents. I estimate that at least 80% of the cases handled by my office have no original documents.
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I have real court room experience, having testified over 135 times, my fees are reasonable, my credibility, knowledge, and customer service is among the highest.