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Certified Forensic Document Examiner
1025 Cypress Street
Abilene TX 79601
USA
phone: 325-668-7474
fax: 325-202-2869
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Background: Do you have a forged or altered document? I can promptly and accurately solve your problem. My years of experience can solve cases of forgery, altered numbers, record alteration, graffiti, anonymous writings and poison pen letters. As a Certified Document Examiner I examine and identify signatures, hand printing, handwriting, initials, and numbers. I also study documents made by computer printers, typewriters, and markings on walls, glass, wood or even automobiles. I compare papers, inks, printing, typewriting, computer-generated documents, facsimiles, photocopies, rubber stamps and holes made by a stapler or hole punch.

I am a forensic document examiner and a certified forensic physician—uniquely combining two scientific disciplines that each help people in need. My special interest is altered medical records, but I examine all types of documents for authentication or alteration. I have ongoing research studies correlating peculiarities in handwriting and health issues. I am the only private document examiner in West Central Texas, but I am available for cases anywhere in the world. If you are a law firm, I'll be glad to fax you a copy of my Curriculum Vitae so you can have it on file next time a forgery case comes across your desk. See my website for additional information or CALL ME NOW!

Documents Examined:
  • Forged, altered or counterfeit documents
  • Checks, Wills, Deeds, Legal Contracts
  • Insurance Records
  • Court Documents
  • Medical Records
  • Computer-printed or Typewritten Documents
  • Photocopied or Facsimile Documents
  • Latent Impressions
Services Include:
  • Case preparation consultation
  • On-site examination
  • Laboratory examination and analysis
  • Document photography
  • Preparation of court exhibits
  • Preparation of written reports
  • Deposition or courtroom testimony
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Document Consultants
Carolyn Kurtz
Southampton PA 18966-3338
USA
phone: 215-357-3083; email: carolynkk@comcast.net
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Carolyn Kurtz has been a Board Certified Forensic Document Examiner since 1985. Certified by the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (S.A.F.E.) in 2013 and board certified by the World Association of Document Examiners (W.A.D.E.) in 1997. She is an Expert Witness for both Plaintiff and Defense counsel.

Experience:
  • Participated in proficiency testing - ST2AR Skill-Task Training Assessment – 2011.
  • Certificate in Forensic Document Examination with Andrew J. Bradley (Andrew Bradley) and Associates, Denver, CO - 1991.
  • Certificate in Advanced Studies: Extended Training in Questioned Document Problems with Andrew J. Bradley - 1996.
  • Private study in Document Examination with Felix Klein (Director, Manhattan Handwriting Consultants, New York City - Consultant to the United Nations) Advanced Course - 1985.
  • Certificate in Forensic Document Examination from Mercer County Community College, Mercer County, NJ - 1984-1985.
  • Testified in approximately 50 cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Connecticut - Civil and Criminal Court.
Services Include:
  • Disputed Document Problems
  • Signature Verification
  • Handwriting Comparison
  • Typewriter Comparison
  • Deciphering Ribbons
  • Document Authentication
  • Forgeries
  • Alterations (contracts, deeds, wills, promissory notes, medical records, anonymous notes, checks, and other documents)
Memberships Past and Present:
  • International Association of Document Examiners
  • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners
  • National Association of Document Examiners
  • World Association of Document Examiners
  • National Bureau of Document Examiners
References Available Upon Request.
Occasionally, the document examiner encounters a signature or writing that is believed to be a forgery but in reality was written by a blind or visually impaired individual. There are various features of blind writing that could initially be mistaken for a forgery, so it is understandable that this could occur.

Before the fountain pen began to be widely used in the late 1800s, writing was mainly done at a desk with a steel nib pen that constantly had to be dipped into an inkwell. The fountain pen, which was designed to carry its own ink supply, brought greater convenience and portability to the writing process.

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Vickie L. Willard
Board Certified: BFDE, AFDE
P. O. Box 31807
Cleveland, Ohio 44131-0807
OH, PA, IN, IL, MI, KY
USA
phone: 216-520-1520
fax: 216-642-5772
Vickie Willard earned board certification as a forensic document examiner through testing with the Board of Forensic Document Examiners and Association of Forensic Document Examiners. She has been serving the legal community for 30 years, rendering opinions in civil and criminal cases on behalf of plaintiffs, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, and has testified in arbitration, state and federal courts. She considers it her professional responsibility to regularly attend continuing education symposiums.

Ms. Willard has rendered opinions on signature authenticity, handwriting and printing identication, altered documents, fabricated documents, hand printing, and other aspects of questioned documents.

Professional Affiliations Association of Forensic Document Examiners (past president), Board of Forensic Document Examiners (director - immediate past president), Forensic Specialites Accreditation Board (board member 2000-2007), other organizations.
It can be challenging to find the right expert when you need a handwriting expert/document examiner. Where do you look and what criteria do you use to determine which person has the expertise, competency and experience that will help you to solve your document problem? Experts advertise on various Internet sites, such as expertpages.com

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Stephen D. Chin, MD, FACEP
Burlingame CA 94010
USA
phone: 650-224-7873
fax: 650-228-7367
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Stephen D. Chin, MD, FACEP, is an experienced Emergency Physician with an expertise in Documentation Quality Assurance and Risk Management through optimization of documentation and effecting behavioral change among providers.

Dr. Chin currently is currently an Emergency Department Provider at Alta Bates Medical Center. He also serves as an Urgent Care Provider and Cimro Peer Review Panelist.

For 12 years, Dr. Chin served as the Documentation Quality Assurance Expert at Berkeley Emergency Medical Group where he discovered many errors and omissions common in the provider charting and educated them to modify their documentation habits in order to optimize billing and reimbursement for the care provided, while minimizing legal risk through thoroughly documenting that standards of care were met. Additionally, he conducts medical quality assurance file review for the Medical Board of California.

Litigation Support - Dr. Chin provides Health, Life, and Disability File Reviews. His services include detailed forensic evaluation of the medical record and associated case files to determine merit and/or to find weaknesses or inconsistencies in documentation.

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Janet Grace Attard, LNC
5145 Davis Dr.
Lakeport CA 95453
USA
phone: 925-876-1377
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Janet Grace Attard, LNC, is a Legal Nurse Consultant currently enrolled in law school. She is an MBA graduate as well as a registered nurse and has more than 45 years of experience as a practicing nurse.

Ms. Attard possesses over 30 years of High Risk Acute Nursing experience at a variety of top teaching Hospitals throughout the United States (Johns Hopkins Cancer Center, University of Maryland Laminar Flow-Cancer Research Unit, Sloan Kettering Research Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Stanford Children’s Hospital Bone Marrow Unit, etc.)

Litigation Support - Ms. Attard provides confidential timely, accurate consultation, litigation support, and expert witness service to attorneys, insurance companies, and multi system hospital organizations. She offers thorough, detailed, fact based medically significant chronologies, including concise factual analysis of medical records and all relevant health care documentation with prompt, efficient identification of breach in Standard of Care for pre-litigation accurate case analysis.

Ms. Attard is experienced in the expert review and chronology reporting of cases involving hospital sentinel events and catastrophic accidents, ambulatory care, acute inpatient care both acute and sub-acute, intensive care, step down units, med surgery, pediatric, obstetrics, neonatal, cardiac care, surgery, oncology, orthopedic, respiratory, psychiatry, correctional facilities, dialysis, emergency room, forensic evidence, home health care, long term care, hospice, elder care, and Medi-Cal Abuse.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Negligence Claims
  • Wrongful Death
  • Drug Injury
  • Child Abuse
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Premises Liability
  • Medical Device – Product Injury
  • Anesthesia Injury
  • Environmental Claims
  • Workers Compensation
  • Criminal / Fraudulent Practices
  • View Janet Grace Attard's Consulting Profile.
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    Laura Burchell-Henson
    LNC, RN, Respiratory Therapist
    P.O. Box 1229
    Lakeside CA 92040
    USA
    phone: 619-749-5476
    fax: 619-749-5185
    Laura Burchell-Henson is a Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC) with over 24 years combined experience in Nursing and Respiratory Therapy. Ms. Burchell-Henson has been retained in more than 600 medical related cases which includes testimony 150 times in either depositions, trial, arbitration, mediation or hearings. Ms. Burchell-Henson's Expertise Includes ICU, ER, nurse supervisor, interventional radiology, trauma, surgery, med-surg, Home Care, Nursing Home, decubitus ulcer prevention, fall prevention, IV therapy,policies & procedures & an active participant during JCAHO & DHS on-site visits. Identifies standards of care, life care plans, time-lined reports, locate experts, identify tampering of medical records, medical records review, identify cauation/damages, client interview & physical assessment.
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    Silvia O. Aninye, AS RN CLNC FCM
    Hawthorne CA USA
    phone: 310-227-0375
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    Silvia Aninye, AS, RN, CLNC, FCM, CEO for Weber Legal Nursing Consulting LLC, has a lengthy background in the Medical-Legal industry. She is licensed as a Registered Nurse, Certified as a Nursing / Home Health Assistant, and Paralegal.

    Throughout her career as a paralegal, going over medical malpractice liability cases, Ms. Aninye honed her legal and medical malpractice research skills. Her knowledge of the Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation industry is comprehensive and current. She serves as an Independent Medical Examiner, Case Manager, Worker's Compensation PPA, and Life Care Planner.

    Litigation Support - Silvia Aninye has been involved in over 140 cases over the past 4 years which produced 9 trials, 3 depositions, 1 arbitration, and 1 hearing. She is Court Qualified as a Handwriting Expert and Certified Forensic Document Examiner in Nebraska, Nevada and Iowa, in State and Federal Courts.

    Ms. Aninye also provides Translation Services in Ibo (Nigeria Dialect), English, French, and German. She has been exposed to medical insurance in Germany, Nigeria, and France. Her translation services are included with her medical reviews so that a separate translator is unnecessary.

    Litigation Support Services and Consultations:
    • Medical Record Review
    • Translation Services
    • Telephonic Case Management
    • Field Case Management
    • Life Care Planning
    • IME Observation
    • Medical Chronology
    • Handwriting authentication including anonymous writings, handwritten numerals
    • Authentication of originals documents, lifted signatures, cut and paste documents
    • Forensic examination of handwriting signatures, journals, logs, medical records
    • Illustrations and reports providing visual evidence and litigation support
    • Consultations regarding qualifying witnesses
    • Preparing questions for direct or cross examination
    • Personal coaching for accessing the best outcome for client and legal team
    • Jury selection based on Handwriting and Non Verbal body Language