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Handwriting Expert in Canada

Handwriting Expert  By Dwayne Strocen

 

Finding a Handwriting Expert in Canada or Handwriting Analyst can be Tricky,  Here’s What to Look For

While a handwriting expert can be an analyst, a handwriting analyst is not necessarily an expert. There certainly are those that claim to be proficient in handwriting analysis but not all are created equal. Here are some of the differences and what you should consider when selecting a qualified forensic document examiner.

Perhaps it is best to begin by disclosing that as President of Docufraud Canada, we have received thousands of enquiries from individuals, attorneys and company’s interested in the services of a handwriting expert. In almost all cases the end result is legal proceedings of some kind. It may be employment related, for small claims court, marital and child custody proceedings or a criminal investigation.

A credible handwriting analysis or forged signature verification must be completed by a credible examiner with all of the necessary credentials. But here is something you may not know. The examiner must also meet the courts criteria for an expert witness. Otherwise the written report and potential court testimony may not be recognized. Money not well spent and disappointment in the courts final disposition.

There is no regulatory body which regulates the industry nor an association which oversees the training of forensic document examiners. It is up to each person to do their own due diligence.

Here are some of the basic requirements of a forensic document examiner as it pertains to the courts and court testimony. To be recognized as an expert in Canada one must demonstrate the following:
• they are an expert in their field of testimony either by training or experience;
• experts have a duty to the court. This duty overrides any obligation to the person from whom the expert has received payment or instructions;
• an expert must demonstrate their opinion is unbiased and impartial;

It is this last point which is most controversial. Too many times a supposed expert is nothing more than a spokesperson for the person who has engaged their services. Their report has been tailored to fit their clients narrative and is neither unbiased nor impartial. It is this point where the courts are most cautious and concerned. And so should you.

So the question becomes, how do I select a qualified expert examiner? Asking for their qualifications is one thing but the real test is whether they have been recognized by the court in previous legal matters. The examiners C.V. should include a list of previous court testimony. With Docufraud Canada our two full time examiners are located in the U.S.A. and both have many recognized testimonies in Canada as well as the U.S.A. In addition, our written reports have been accepted in countless courts without a personal appearance.

As with all things, there are no shortage of professionals and experts but not all are created equal. Just like vetting your attorney, you need to ask the right questions to determine which is the best forensic document examiner for you.

Dwayne Strocen is a former member of the R.C.M.P. and owner of Docufraud Canada with recognized and court qualified document examiners. Docufraud Canada is recognized in all provinces and territories in Canada.

To visit our website click here: www.docufraudCanada.ca

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Forensic Document Examination. Certified and Court Qualified

Forged Documents, Counterfeit Goods, Cyber Intrusion Including Identity Theft Have Become a Symbol Of Our 21st Century Culture

Toronto, Ontario, March 03, 2020 – Forged documents, counterfeit knock-offs and internet SCAMS have grown to such an alarming part of our life.  It seems these issues have become a fixture and a symbol of our 21st century culture.  Docufraud Canada announces certified and court qualified forensic document examiners?

 

Dwayne Strocen, President of Docufraud Canada a Canadian based specialist in Forensic Document Examination has seen a noticeable increase in reported crimes associated with identity theft, internet cyber intrusion and instances of signature forgery.  Although many of these crimes should be reported to the police, Mr. Strocen wonders if the name Docufraud Canada has some allure for the public to call with reports of wrong doing.

 

Nothing it seems is off-limits to a person intent on deceiving or defrauding others.  There is no boundary to age, gender, income level or status in the community.  We’ve all received the slick  calls and read the e-mails asking us to click the link or some new way to deceive us into revealing personal information.  When will it end?

 

It seems the R.C.M.P and local police readily admit to being completely overwhelmed.  This is partly due to the fact that many of these nefarious individuals and organizations are not domiciled here in Canada.  They are often located in other countries where laws are lax and ineffective.  Yet in every case there are Canadians who live among us who will aid and abet by assisting with money collection, wire transfers and storage of stolen goods and counterfeit  property.

 

Technology has provided us with time and labour saving devices.  But technology has also evolved our world into something not envisioned by the creators of the internet.  If a 3-D printer can create a usable human organ for transplant then it certainly can fraudulently create a new licence plate for a stolen car, or perhaps a gun to fool airport screening.  If a thief can manufacture counterfeit products so it cannot be distinguished from the original then there is no limit except by the thief’s own imagination.

 

According to Mr. Strocen, here is where some of the problem stems.  Docufraud receives call after call from individuals who despite reading and being aware of such activity continue to distribute their personal information.  The greatest sources of voluntary information is social media sites, dating sites and retail shopping sites.  If a retailer asks for your e-mail address, phone number or mailing address, he says don’t give it.  Even if the clerk insists, it’s none of their business.

 

This information is used to illegally apply for bank loans and credit cards.  It’s used to purchase vehicles, motor homes, expensive watches, and other large ticket items.  And in every instance you are responsible for the outstanding payments and the accumulated debt.  A significant percentage of Docufraud’s business is from individuals who have fallen victim and need to prove the signature on the expensive purchase was not theirs and indeed a forgery.  In addition to the time and stress, the court appearances and legal costs, there is a ruined credit rating.

 

Docufraud Canada would like to put out this warning to all Canadians. Be vigilant and be a smart consumer.  We truly hope you do not need our services.  But if you do, you can count on us to assist with establishing your true identity.  We can’t fix your credit rating but we do have certified and court qualified forensic examiners ready and able to do our part in setting things right.

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