Forensic Document Examination for Legal Professionals: A Science-Based Approach

Forensic Document Examination for Legal Professionals: A Science-Based Approach

by Michael Wakshull


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Forensic document examination, performed correctly, is a reliable discipline that can demonstrate the innocence of your client or the guilt of your opponent. Used strategically, it can help you settle out of court. When court is necessary, your document examiner may be able to change their opinions.

To achieve this, your document examiner must be proficient in the latest techniques and adept at reporting results. Knowing the techniques and strategies behind this discipline is crucial to selecting a proficient examiner.

This book is an in-depth guide to help attorneys and legal professionals avoid common pitfalls in using forensic document examination. It dispels misunderstandings about the work performed by an examiner and their conclusions. You will learn the types of cases document examiners investigate, how you can partner with an examiner to develop your case and what deliverables to expect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985729455
Publisher: Q9 Consulting, Inc.
Publication date: 01/02/2019
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Wakshull is a practicing civil and court qualified forensic document examiner based in California. He partners with legal clients to dissect evidence presented in handwritten and computer-generated questioned documents. He holds a Master of Science degree in technology management, a graduate school certificate in forensic document examination and is a certified quality engineer. He speaks frequently at forensic and legal conferences and seminars.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Essential aspects of forensic document examination

Chapter 2 Laws for document examination

Chapter 3 Standards for forensic document examiners

Chapter 4 Document examiners’ tools

Chapter 5 Each assignment is a project

Chapter 6 Examination of Handwriting

Chapter 7 Variability of handwriting

Chapter 8 Authentication of Handwriting

Chapter 9 Altered documents

Chapter 10 The future of document examination

Chapter 11 Standard operating procedures

Chapter 12 Are document examiners better than laypeople at identifying handwriting?

Chapter 13 Document examiners must meet legal standards

Chapter 14 Can forensic experts overcome their biases?

Chapter 15 Document examiner’s reports

Chapter 16 Selecting a document examiner

Chapter 17 Final thoughts

Chapter 18 References

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