Handy Hint (21) – What to do if your handwriting or signature has been forged

1 October 2021


OSD Presents…Handy Hints (21)

If you find a formal document where you think your signature has been forged, or if there is handwriting on a document and its source is important for proving an issue, then you’ll need engage forensic handwriting specialists.

Specialists use a range of examination techniques to establish the authenticity of information, how a document has been produced, or whether alterations or additions have occurred. They can also reveal latent information that may be present in or on a document.

The examinations focus on establishing the manner in which a document has been created and whether there is obvious or discreet evidence available to confirm, or discredit its integrity.

Forensic document examinations are completed under lab conditions. Examinations can be conducted remotely but there are limits to what can be achieved.

Every effort should be made to provide the original documents for examination. Examinations can be completed on copies, however, there will be limits in the process which can impact ability to reach an opinion.

Quality and quantity are equally important considerations when providing specimen handwriting or signature material for comparison.

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