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

Known Documents are sometimes referred to as standards or exemplars. Standards are legally admissible authentic samples of handwriting or signatures used for comparison with the questioned writing or signature. The genuineness  of the standards must be found to be clear and undisputed or the court may reject them. So when sending in standards please make sure that they will be able to be verified as genuine.

There are two kinds of standards, informal which means documents previously executed and formal which is request writing.  Standards should ideally have been written reasonably close  to the date of the questioned document and where possible  of a similar nature, so for example, we can compare contracts with contracts. Where the availability of suitable writing for comparison is limited please send us anything you are able to obtain as we are often able to create  a report with limited recourses. It is always advisable to discuss the nature of your documents with us before sending them so we can advise you further.  


Try to get known confirmed signatures made as close to the date of the questioned signature as possible. For an adult in good health this should be within the last last 5 years but more recent if possible. If there has been a deterioration in health or quality of life of the person who is alleged to have written the signature and there is a possibility that their  illness or old age  may have had an effect on their writing which maybe the case in a questioned will, we will need to examine confirmed signatures of that person after they were diagnosed with their illness or their writing began to deteriorate due to old age or infirmity. There is a list of illness or conditions which may effect  handwriting and signatures at the bottom right hand side of this page.

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

Suggested Sources of Known Signatures & Handwriting

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  1. Agaphia, (head injuries, strokes, brain infections and tumours) asphasia and dyslexia  
  2. Alzeimers Disease / Senile Dementia
  3. Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig Disease)
  4. Arthritis
  5. Cerebral Palsy   
  6. Diabetes Mellitus (low blood/sugar levels version)
  7. Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  8. Parkinsons disease
  9. Aquired agraphia
  10. Linguistic agraphia
  11. Nonligustic agraphia
  12. Progressive supranclear palsy
  13. Huntingtons disease
  14. Essential tremour
  15. Infirmity 
  16. Injury  

The following  illnesses  or conditions may have an effect on a persons handwriting and signature: