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American Handwriting Analysis Foundation.
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FORENSIC HANDWRITING EXAMINATION

 

The Forensic Handwriting Examiner, specialized in handwriting identification, is a technician of handwriting examination.

 

The scientific examination of the physical feature of documents for forensic purposes is separate and apart from psychological evaluation of handwriting (graphology). The Forensic Handwriting Examiner does not attribute any "personality" conclusions to any writing being studied as part of a disputed document.

 

The Forensic Handwriting Examiner makes critical examinations, comparison and analyses of documents to establish geniuses or to expose forgery or to reveal alterations, additions and deletions. Her task is to identify persons through documents or parts of documents, by showing the authorship of handwriting, to aid in fixing liability or culpability for any kind of fraud that makes use of documents; and generally to help protect the integrity of documents.

The task of Forensic Handwriting Examination is to answer questions about a disputed document using a variety of scientific processes and methods. Many examinations involve a comparison of the questioned document, or components of the document, to a set of known standards. The most common type of examination involves handwriting wherein the examiner tries to address concerns about potential authorship.

Handwriting identification is a skill and a science that is based on axioms, principles, theories and knowledge that have accumulated through the hundreds of years that handwriting has been studied.

 

Handwriting identification has been recognized and accepted by the courts as far back as A.D.539. In the US, it has been accepted in the courts, as substantial evidence, for over 180 years.  It is well known that qualified Handwriting Examiners can and do reach accurate conclusions of identity, give sufficient comparison standards to work from.

 

An Examiner makes scientific examinations, comparisons, and analyses of documents in order to:

1.            Establish genuineness or non-genuineness, or to expose forgery, or to reveal alterations, additions or deletions;

2.             Identify or eliminate persons as the source of handwriting;

3.             Write reports or give testimony, when needed, to aid the users of the examiner's services in understanding the examiner's findings. 

CURSIVO SPECIALIZING IN THE SCIENTIFIC EXAMINATION OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS, ANONYMOUS NOTES, DISGUISED WRITING, FORGED SIGNATURES, HANDWRITING IDENTIFICATION, ALTERATIONS OF DOCUMENTS ETC.   

 


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