- Protect it in a report cover, file folder or envelope. We often use sheet protectors; it reminds us the document inside is original.
- Avoid handling the document more than necessary.
- Be careful to keep the document(s) separate from the area you are writing so as not to cause indentations to the original document.
- Keep the document away from potential spills, heat and humidity.
If the document in question is a photocopy,
- DO NOT place it in a plastic cover, but store it in a file folder.
- Avoid making additional markings, staple holes or folds on the document.
- Sometimes, all you will have is a photocopy, but if the original exists, it will be important to provide it as soon as it becomes available.
When comparing a given handwriting to the writing in question, the more examples we have to compare, the better. (These are known as EXEMPLARS) My rule of thumb is to request between 10 and 15 “due-course-of-business” writings from the same time period of the document in question. If more is necessary, I will request them.
- Gather any and all documents that are known to be written by that person.
- It is preferable for the writing to be dated at about the same time as the questioned writing.
- It is also very helpful to provide original (i.e. ink pen) writing.
- If there is someone you suspect of writing the questioned document gather the same type writings of the suspect as well.
When sending your documents, I can arrange to meet you or you may send your documents via courier service (FedEx, UPS) with a tracking system. I will take good care of your evidence when it arrives and return it to you at the conclusion of your case or at your request.
The best evidence is the original document if it exists; however, a qualified conclusion can often be reached from a photocopy.
There is NO CHARGE to take a look at the documents and tell you if there is adequate evidence to proceed.