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


Consult me for help with questioned handwriting, signatures and suspected forgeries

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

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 material to work with. If we believe that there is sufficient material available, we will log your report in for completion in a period of up to approximately 3 weeks. If there is no cheque enclosed and/or you are paying by card, at this stage we will call you to take payment. 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.

We are only able to express an opinion after spending time examining your documents. When we agree to give a report, no opinion has been expressed other than we may be able to express an opinion after an examination.  Opinions after examinations can range from inconclusive to conclusive.

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 or email with your instructions/requirements clearly indicating the questioned and genuine documents or signatures. If you do not have any original documents you are welcome to scan and email but please describe and label each document in your e-mail. Our email address is:

If you are posting, you can include a cheque in the envelope payable to: Paul Craddock Consultancy Ltd or after we have received your documents and confirmed that they are suitable for examination we can phone you and take payment by card for the agreed amount if that is your preferred payment method. We also accept payments by on line banking (BACS). If you prefer this method we will send you a pro forma invoice with our account details.

We strongly recommend that, if sending original documents, you send your mail by Royal Mail Special Delivery, remembering to write your name and address on the back of the envelope; see our address above. Your report will then be posted back to you, with your documents, in the same way, depending on our current workload and the complexity of the case, normally within 3 weeks.

Sending by email

If you are sending your documents electronically by email we would ask that you please scan your documents using a scanner rather than taking photographs with a mobile phone.  This is necessary to maintain focus, light quality and image quality for examination. In the event that you have no alternative but to use a camera please position the camera directly above the item you are photographing making sure the lighting level is even and adequate with the camera in focus.  Please take a picture of the whole document if possible.     

Please attach your electronic documents to your email as a PDF or a picture file such as a JPEG file. Please do not embed your files into the body of your email.   

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

Types of report given  

For ethical reasons we only provide written reports. There are two types of written reports. The first is in the form of a letter which we call a letter of opinion or preliminary report. The second is in the form of a full court report which contains more detail, reasons for our opinion and is much more comprehensive than a letter. This report complies with the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR 35) and is suitable for use in court. You may upgrade from one report to another by paying the difference between the lower and higher priced report as long as we are not examining additional documents.

Please note: All reports and court attendance must be paid for in advance. We are able to accept card payments over the phone, online bank transfers and cheques.

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 will 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.