Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ about Forensic Handwriting Analysis, Examination and Identification.

These are the questions that I get asked most often, however please send me any more questions that you may have: elmaleh@netactive.co.za

What types of handwriting, signatures or documents can be checked using Forensic Handwriting Examination?
  • The list is endless: questioned signatures, alleged alterations, anonymous and disputed letters/signatures on any deposit slip, certificates, applications, receipts, records, orders, diplomas, licenses, insurance claims, cheques, leases, affidavits, wills, ransom notes, altered medical records, official or personal documents, memos and more. When necessary and should there be a valid sample analysis verification can also be done on graffiti, walls, floors, mirrors and even car windows.

Is the methodology scientific, reliable and valid?
  • Scientific processes are followed in order to reach objective conclusions based on facts. Handwriting identification is a process of analysis, comparison and evaluation and is reliable and valid.

How do you justify the validity of handwriting analysis and forensic handwriting examination?
  • No two people write the same and the same person cannot even duplicate exactly what they have previously written.

  • There are individual characeristics unique to each particular handwriting which makes the handwriting/signature discernable from another person's handwriting/signature.

What do you need?

Please note the following important preliminary information. Each specific case will have its own requirements. Please complete the contact enquiry form and I will get back to you or contact me 0825567121.

  • If possible, provide the originals of the known and questioned signature(s) and/or handwriting.

  • It is recommended that as many original specimens signatures or handwriting of the genuine known signatures or handwriting of the writers' are obtained.

  • Where possible, source signatures which have been written on similar documents.

  • Please go to                                                                                                                                   for examples of possible sources.

  • Where possible, source signatures which have been written in more or less the same timeframe as the questioned signatures.

  • Do not fold documents.

  • Do not staple documents which have not already been stapled.

  • Do not mark documents in any way.

  • Please advise whether documents were scanned and/or sent via email, are first generation copies or whether they are copies of copies.

DISCLAIMER: The reports that I provide consitute my own personal forensic examiner/professional graphologist/statement analyser expertise and opinion. All reports are treated as confidential. No handwriting analyses will be undertaken without agreement to terms and conditions which include the consent of the writer except for forensic handwriting examination cases where consent is not always available.

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