William B. Smith is a Certified Questioned Document Examiner and CertifiedHandwriting Analyst with more than nine years of experience in the field. He is a member of and certified by the International Association of Document Examiners. He has testified in state courts in Orange, Seminole and Broward Counties in Florida, Civil Courts in Washington, D.C. as well as Federal Court in Massachusetts.
He studied Document Examination under Ms. Kathie Koppenhaver, one of the foremost Forensic Document Examiners in the United States, who has more than 30 years of experience in Document Examination and as an expert witness. Ms. Koppenhaver's books are used as text books in many criminal justice programs and her Attorney's Guide to Document Examination is the 'go to' book for lawyers and paralegals. He completed two years of supervised training with Jan Leach, a Certified Forensic Questioned Document Examiner with more than 25 years of Document Examination experience in Winter Park, Florida.
He has participated in the examination of more than 60 cases and studied over 140 signatures.
What do I need to provide to you for you to do the examination of the signature?
In addition to the questioned document you will need to have known signatures of the individual whose signature is in question. Original samples, or exemplars, are the best to have. In those instances where you cannot get originals, then first generation photocopies or a scan of the original is acceptable.
How many exemplars do you need to do the examination?
If possible, it would be ideal to have 20 – 25 exemplars that fall within 2 – 3 years before and after, if applicable, the date of the questioned signature. Less number of exemplars would be acceptable if finding those signatures becomes a problem. We can provide you with a list of places to look for signatures.
How long does it take to do the examination?
Depending on the case load that we have at any given time, we can usually have a report ready in 7 – 10 days. You will be advised at the time that you retain us as to the time frame.
Will you always issue a report?
A verbal report will be given upon completion of the examination. If you are working with an attorney, no written report will be issued unless your attorney requests it. If you are not working with an attorney, then we will take direction from you about a written report.
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