Joe Jalbert & Associates — FAQ
What is a forensic document examiner?
A forensic document examiner is someone who gives a scientific opinion about the genuineness of a document or signature based on their knowledge, skills, and ability.
What is the difference between a document examiner and a graphologist or handwriting analyst?
A document examiner gives opinions on the genuineness of a document based on scientific examination and the comparison of known signatures to questioned signatures. Their opinions are based on the document as a whole, including the paper, ink impressions, etc.
A graphologist provides indications of character and personality based on someone's handwriting but no other part of the document. According to Pg. 5 of 'Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents, Revised Edition, Ordway Hilton,' "It is an unusual person who can work in both fields and produce top-quality opinions involving identification questions and graphological findings." While it may be unusual, it is not impossible.
What do I need to do?
Call or email us for a brief, no-cost consultation to determine the cost, procedures, and the suitability of your documents for examination. Originals are preferred; however, high-quality photographs or copies are often used if originals are not available.
How long does it take?
Typically, our services take 72 hours, depending on our caseload. Weekend and rush jobs are available for an additional fee.