Fast  Low Cost Help with Suspected Forgeries and Questioned Documents Paul Craddock Consultancy Ltd 01202 462762

Paul Craddock Consultancy Ltd, Suite 3, 89 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5RR.  Tel: 01202 462762. Email:  

Established 1995

This guide  summarises the information on this site and will quickly answer most of your questions and informs you what you need to do next.  To save time we recommend you download this guide in PDF format and print.  


When we receive your documents, we will make a free initial assessment to ascertain if we have sufficient and suitable material to work with. If we believe that the material is suitable to work with and there is sufficient material available, we will contact you to arrange payment which can be by card over the phone, online banking or by cheque. When payment is received, we will log your report in for completion in a period of up to approximately 2 to 3 weeks. If we are unable to proceed and/or you are unable to provide us with additional suitable materials or documents, no charge will be made, and any original documents will be returned.

No actual opinion will be given at this initial stage other than there is or is not sufficient material to work with.

What you need to do now

You will need to send your questioned or forged documents or signatures with the documents or specimens for comparison. You will also need to send an accompanying letter with your instructions/requirements clearly indicating the questioned and genuine documents or signatures. If payment has not already been made you will need to include a cheque in the envelope payable to; Paul Craddock Consultancy Ltd or make a card payment for the agreed amount. We strongly recommend that, if sending original documents, you send your mail by recorded delivery; see address above. Your report will then be posted back to you, with your documents, by recorded delivery; depending on our current workload and the complexity of the case, normally within 15 working days.  When posting to you we always use recorded delivery when returning original documents.  

If originals are not being sent then you can scan and email your documents, if you prefer. But please describe and label each document in your e-mail.   

Please note:  Original documents, if available, are always preferable.

Types of report given    

There are two types of written opinion, the first is in the form of a letter which is  suitable if you just need our opinion in writing,  the second is our report for court  complying with the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR 35)  and is suitable for use in court by your self or a solicitor.  You may upgrade from one report to another by paying the difference between the lower and higher priced report.   

Please note: all reports must be paid for in advance. We are able to accept card payments.

The fees below are for comparing one questioned  signature with known signatures.  If you have more than one questioned signature or we are examining pages of handwriting the amount of time we will  have to spend on your case will increase, so we may have to increase our fees accordingly. We will advise you of the total cost before proceeding. 



How many known signatures or how much known handwriting for comparison do you need to provide?  

Ideally, the average amount of known signatures would be twenty to twenty-five signatures and/or four to five pages of handwriting; preferably written at different times. However, due to the practicalities involved, in practice, we often only receive about half of that number to work with. Each case is different, but as a guideline; 6 signatures would be the minimum for a letter of opinion and 12 for a full report. It is in your interest to supply us with as many known signatures and/or as much known handwriting for comparison as possible.  


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Suggested sources of known signatures and handwriting for comparison with questioned or disputed items

Please note: handwriting should be compared with handwriting and signatures should be compared with signatures.  For a PDF version click here.

1. Account Books

2. Affidavits

3. Assignments

4. Autographs

5. Bank Deposit Slips

6. Bank Safe Deposit Entry Slips

7. Bank Savings Withdrawal Slips

8. Bank Signature Cards

9. Bank Statements  

10. Bills of Sale

11. Bonds

12. Books: Signatures of Owners

13. Business License Applications

14. Charity Pledges

15. Cheque Book Stubs

16. Cheques, including Endorsements

17. Church Pledges

18. Convention Registrations

19. Contracts

20. Cooking Recipes

21. Corporation and Company Papers

22. College or University Papers

23. Criminal Records

24. Credit Applications

25. Credit Cards & Charge Slips

26. Dentists’ Records

27. Deeds

28. Deeds of Trust

29. Depositions

30. Diaries

31. Divorce Papers

32. Drafts

33. Car or Van Hire Applications

34. Drivers’ Licenses & Applications

35. Druggists’ Poison Registers

36. Employment Applications

37. Envelopes & addresses

38. Fishing Licenses

39. Funeral Attendance Registers

40. Gas or Electric Service Applications

41. Gate Records at secure facilities

42. Greeting Cards

43. Hospital Papers

44. Hotel & B&B Guest Registers

45. Identification Papers

46. Inventories

47. Leases

48. Letters; Personal &  Business

49. Library Card Applications

50. Electricity Company Applications

51. Life Insurance Papers

52. Loan Papers

53. Mail Orders

54. Manuscripts

55. Marriage License Papers

56. Membership Cards: Social, Occupation

57. Memoranda of all kinds

58. Motor Insurance documents

59. Military Papers

60. Mortgage Papers

61. National Health Service documents

62. Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions

63. Occupational Writing

64. Package Receipts

65. Parents’ Signatures on Report Cards

66. Partnership Papers

67. Passports

68. Pawn Tickets

69. Payroll Receipts

70. Pension Applications

71. Permit Applications

72. Petitions, Referenda, etc.

73. Photograph Albums

74. Pleadings; Civil and Criminal

75. Postal Cards

76. Probate Court Papers

77. Promissory Notes

78. Prescriptions from a doctor

79. Property Damage Reports

80. Receipts for Rent

81. Registered Mail Return Receipts

82. Releases

83. Rental Contracts for Equipment

84. Reports

85. Sales Slips

86. School & College Papers

87. Social Security Cards & Papers

88. Sport & Game Score Cards

89. Stock Certificates, Endorsements

90. Surety Bonds Applications

91. Tax Returns and Estimates

92. Telephone Service Applications

93. Time Sheets

94. Traffic Tickets and fines

95. Voting Registration Records

96. Vehicle / Motor registration documents

97. Veterinary records

98. Water & Sewage Company Service Applications

99. Wills