Forensic Handwriting and Signature Analysis, Investigation and Examination


How can you check that a handwriting or signature is genuine or forged, original or altered?


Do you have reason to dispute or question signatures or handwriting? Do you suspect that a document has been altered?

  • Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, work is taken on nationally and internationally.

  • My services include identifying the authenticity of disputed handwriting and/or signatures based on a study involving the comparison and identification of the samples which is supported by the level of significance of the similarities and dissimilarities. I follow the processes of a forensic signature examiner and investigator.

  • Work is taken on for any legal, business or personal disputed handwriting or signatures. If you need to make sure that the signature or handwriting is genuine and suspect fraud then I am able to assist you. 

  • My reports give my opinion based on scientific principles and clearly describe and outline in detail my findings which contain images and descriptions for ease of use and understanding. My reports are highly detailed and meticulously written. 



As a Handwriting Expert and Forensic Handwriting Examiner, I provide an opinion whether signatures or handwriting is authentic and am able to either identify or eliminate a writer for authorship. This includes but is not limited to:


  • Identification and individualisation of handwriting and signatures; 

  • Awareness of the various factors that can interfere with handwriting (e.g., position of the writer, physical condition, influence of alcohol, medication, illness, writing surface and writing instruments

  • Knowledge and ability to distinguish forgery methods in handwriting

  • Ability to collect known/reference handwriting exemplars suitable for comparison

  • Ability to observe handwriting detail (pattern recognition)

  • Ability to analyse, compare and evaluate handwriting characteristics of letters/words, ability to compare individual characteristics in questioned writing with known handwriting


I also examine the physical properties of documents e.g.paper, ink, additions and erasures to investigate fraud or document tampering. I do not offer a chemical analysis of paper and inks. My services include paper and ink examination under microscopic analysis for textural or type differences. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Identification and individualisation of typescript and typed and printed matter and stamped impressions

  • Identification of forgeries; erasures and addition

  • Deciphering of obscured writing and indentations

  • Any other examination concerning questioned documents and handwriting excluding ink and paper analysis

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.  Terry Elmaleh +27(0)825567121

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