A Trait to Steer Clear From: Temper!

Everyone agrees that a “bad temper” is a personality trait nobody wants to have or be around anyone who does…

However, because it is so “despised” people who have a bad temper have found ways to disguise it so the unsuspecting wife, girlfriend, or employer doesn’t know about it until the proverbial s&@t hits the fan (to use an American metaphor.)

If you’ve studied basic handwriting analysis, you might already be familiar with the accurate an easy-to-spot PRIMARY trait called Temper, as shown in the beginner’s Grapho-Deck Flash cards and all the basic courses.

However, people can have the trait of “Bad Temper” but not have the t-bar stroke (as revealed in the primary trait).

What does this mean to someone facing the knowledge of a loved one who intentionally forged another person’s signature to gain access to that one person’s financial world. It means everything. There are several traits to add to the above “temper”. One of which is the Desire to acquire physical property. Which is a hook shaped loop in the lower zone area of the writing.

How can a person truly find out whether or not that their signature is a forgery? You call on an expert in this field.

Brian Forrest is one such person who is Certified in both Handwriting analysis and document examination(handwriting identification).

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The Pen Is Mightier Than the Word

The Pen is Mightier than the Word: Indisputable Success at Reducing Forgeries Paves the Way for Career in Forensic Handwriting Investigations

October 21, 2009  No comments Article

When it comes to forgery, the words written aren’t as important as the way they are written. The falsification of documents like wills, checks and contracts can be caught when the science behind forensic handwriting investigation is put on the case. Brian Forrest, owner of ForgeryExpertUSA explains why the accuracy and reliability of this forensic science has led to explosive growth in this segment of the criminal justice system.

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus/PRWEB ) October 21, 2009 –- Six years ago, the majority of forgery cases never stood a chance because there were not enough trained handwriting experts available to prove the authenticity of a signature and testify in court. In 2003, The International School of Forensic Document Examination became the first non-governmental institution to train Forensic Handwriting Analysts. Today, the criminal and civil court system heavily relies on the testimony of these court qualified forensic expert witnesses. Forensic Handwriting Investigators are in high demand due to the invention of the scanner, color photocopier, and desktop publishing software. The crime of check forgery alone cost businesses over $19 billion dollar a year.

Bart Baggett- Forensic Handwriting Expert

Most people who seek my opinion as an expert witness are honest people searching for truth

“A serious shortage of court qualified document examiners has allowed thousands of trials nationwide to go uncontested, making it easy for criminals to forge documents to support their dubious claims.” says Bart Baggett, director of Handwriting Services International and author of the best-selling “Success Secrets of the Rich and Happy” (Empresse Publishing, $17.95). “In many states, the attorney general just dismisses forged check charges in bulk and other document related crimes because the state’s crime labs are backlogged up to 12 months to get an official forensic opinion. Without an in-court testimony from a court qualified forensic document examiner, the chances of getting a conviction are minimal.”

“Most people who seek my opinion as an expert witness are honest people seeking the truth,” explains Brian Forrest, owner of ForgeryExpertUSA, and recent graduate of the The International School of Forensic Document Examination Forensics Program. “Betrayed and bewildered, these people are innocently trying to figure out if a suicide note is authentic, if a last will of a passed away parent is real, or the identity of the person leaving nasty notes on their wife’s car window.”

Like a fingerprint, handwriting is a unique piece of evidence which is an assured indicator of identity, according to Forrest. The scientific indisputability of forensic handwriting analysis has led to the surprising growth of the field of Forensic Handwriting Investigation. When handwriting investigators are able to apply a proven scientific process to a case, a decision is quickly made and the truth is inarguably revealed.

For Brian, whose first career is as an airline building maintenance worker, this means he spends less time with his hands changing lights and fixing passenger loading bridges at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and more time in his handwriting laboratory.

For more information call Brian Forrest’s office today: 206-384-8887.

The International School of Forensic Document Examination was founded in 2003 by Bart Baggett, when it was discovered that training for this unique Crime Scene Investigator-type career was only available: 1) in a government crime lab at very low wages, 2) at a private lab where apprentice examiners worked for free, or 3) for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where employment is nearly impossible to obtain. The only non-governmental institution of its kind, the school has helped dozens of work-at-home entrepreneurs find rewarding careers in forensic document examination. The International School of Forensic Document Examination’s graduates join the forensics community by testifying in both civil and criminal cases nationwide. The school has now expanded their distance learning program to include students worldwide, including Australia, USA, New Zealand, India, Canada, Taiwan, and Slovakia.

The school was founded by Bart Baggett, who is also one of world’s most recognizable handwriting experts. Bart has appeared on such TV shows as CNN’s Larry King Live, The Today Show, Fox TV’s America’s Most Wanted, and has even hosted TV shows such as PBS’s “California Connected” where he interviewed California legislatures. Baggett began testifying in court during the 1990’s and remains a frequent qualified handwriting expert witness in courtrooms nationwide for high profile cases.

For more information on The International School of Forensic Document Examination, including details and qualifications of the two-year distance-learning and mentoring program, please log onto http://internationalschool.us“>http://internationalschool.us or call toll free in North America 1.877.297.4846 or at 310.926.1822. Consumers and attorneys can choose from a number of recommended highly trained forgery experts from http://handwritingservicesinternational.com“>http://handwritingservicesinternational.com.


The original article can be found here: http://bartbaggett.com/blog/the-pen-is-mightier-than-the-word-indisputable-success-at-reducing-forgeries-paves-the-way-for-career-in-forensic-handwriting-investigations/

Murder, She wrote?

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has convened a grand jury to probe the 1985 disappearance of John and Linda Sohus, who once rented property to Clark Rockefeller. Two handwriting experts said on Wednesday that they’d been subpoenaed to weigh in on the authenticity of a postcard, purportedly mailed from France by Linda Sohus after she vanished. What do forensic handwriting experts look at when trying to match a disputed document?

Twenty-one distinguishing characteristics. According to one standard textbook, that’s the number of handwriting elements that may reliably help distinguish a person’s writing. These include the dimensions and proportions of the letters, the spacing both between and within words, and the way in which words and letters are connected. (In the cursive word cat, for example, does the pen line go all the way around the circular part of the a before doubling back to complete the loop?)

The first step in a handwriting examination is to collect “known” documents—that is, writing samples definitively penned by the person in question. Next, the examiner determines how suitable that material is as a base-line specimen. Is there enough of it? Does it show a natural range of variability? Was the writer disguising her handwriting at any point or trying to simulate someone else’s? (A naturally written line will show wide variation in thickness because people tend to change speed as they write. A person trying to alter her handwriting, on the other hand, will tend to write more slowly, resulting in a more even line.) These characteristics are all taken into consideration during the following step, when the examiner compares the “known” documents with the disputed one, element by element—sometimes with the help of a software program. There’s no standard level of correspondence that must be reached for a document to be declared a match or nonmatch—each individual examiner makes the call, using his best judgment.

According to the handful of studies on the subject, a trained examiner will be correct more often than a layman. One 1997 study asked both professionals and amateurs to examine 144 pairs of documents and determine whether the documents in each pair were written by the same person. Both groups were as likely to answer correctly when the documents were, in fact, a match; however, amateurs were six times more likely to declare a positive match when none existed. Nevertheless, forensic handwriting analysis is not always accepted in the American judicial system. Individual judges have the authority to decide whether the conclusions of a handwriting examination are admissible as expert opinion testimony and whether the legal team’s chosen examiner is a credible expert witness.

Bonus explainer: How do you become a forensic handwriting expert? Most document examiners learn their craft through two- to four-year apprenticeships, either with government organizations such as the FBI or CIA or with private practitioners. Those apprenticeships usually involve reading the classic texts of the field, writing essays, and courtroom training, in addition to practical lab experience. Oklahoma State University offers a stand-alone program in document examination, and many forensics programs offer individual courses.

The International School of Forensic Document Examination offers a 2-Year program in Forensic Document Examination with a 2-Year Apprenticeship program. For more information go to: http://www.internationalschool.us/

Robert Baier taught one of the class lessons that I learned while attending and taking the course.

If you have any document examination needs. Go to: http://www.forgeryexpertusa.com/index.html

Got a question about today’s news? Ask the Explainer.

Explainer thanks Robert Baier, Ron Morris of Ronald N. Morris and Associates Inc.,and Gerald B. Richards of Oklahoma State University.

Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.

original article found here: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2009/03/murder_she_wrote.html

4 Tips to Forgery-Proofing Your Signature

While he watched his career as an airline mechanic wither away, Brian Forrest of http://www.ForgeryExpertUSA.com didn’t sit back and let the economy happen to him. Instead, he turned an interest in handwriting analysis into a career as a Forensic Document Examiner. During National Handwriting Week (January 17-23, 2010), Forrest offers four tips to protect potential victims of signature forgery.

Brian Forrest, Forensic Document Examiner

This change of property ownership means more fraud, fakes wills, and forged paperwork after the grandparents and parents have passed. It is really sad what people will do to their own kin.


Founding father John Hancock symbolizes freedom for most Americans in the way he signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Today this bold, brave pioneer symbolizes an even deeper definition of freedom to Forensic Document Examiners, like Brian Forrest, who have found a second career fighting the crime of signature forgery. During National Handwriting Week (January 17-23, 2010), centered around John Hancock’s birthday, Forrest aims to reduce the number of victims of forgery by revealing four ways to guarantee that your signature is forgery-proof.

“Two months after my job transferred me, then required me to drive 90 miles to work each way, every day, I found myself burned out. I needed something to get me out of my new daily drudgery,” according to Brian Forrest, the Seattle-based Forensic Document Examiner. “When the tough economy finally caused my employer to let me go, I officially turned my hobby of analyzing people’s handwriting into a job as a Forensic Document Examiner. I have developed a unique skill that helps people by solving their problems and finding truth concerning forged wills, deeds, contracts, and checks. I am afraid to imagine where I’d be now if I hadn’t had a backup plan.”

Forrest offers four ways to forgery-proof a signature:

1. Use the same exact signature style on all legal documents. For example; Always use a middle initial in legal documents, but never elsewhere. Then, utilize a different signature for personal documents and general correspondence.
2. “Design” the signature based on the spelling of an actual name and natural handwriting. Use long strokes and execute them quickly. Try several different stylistic marks, then select the best ones … but be consistent.
3. Never use a purely “symbolic” signature which one cannot legibly read your name. Symbolic signatures are the easiest signatures to forge and often the most difficult to prove authentic in court.
4. Make the signature legible. Never cross out or scribble the name.

Your natural handwriting holds hundreds of “identification indicators” to identify one person’s handwriting from that of a professional forger. The most common mistake people make is choosing a signature which looks entirely different from his or her known cursive handwriting. This attempt to disguise a signature unlocks the doors for potential forgers and buries these hundreds of valuable identification factors deep inside this mocked up signature. Natural handwriting holds the keys to innocence, not the recipe to forge.

“Statistics about the aging baby boomers point to the biggest ownership change of land and property the United States has ever seen,” according Bart Baggett, president of The School of Forensic Document Examination, which trained Forrest as a Forensic Document Examiner. The school is the only institute offering a 2-year professional program in forensic document examination, worldwide. “This change of property ownership means more fraud, fakes wills, and forged paperwork after the grandparents and parents have passed. It is really sad what people will do to their own kin.” This crime equates to more business for well-trained court qualified document examiners.

Brian Forrest one of the top document examiners in the state of Washington, according to the search engines Google and Yahoo. People attempting to identifying the authenticity of a signature can find help at http://www.ForgeryExpertUSA.com .

Bart Baggett is one of America’s top handwriting experts, author of five books, and recently seen on CNN’s Larry King Live. He is president of International School of Forensic Document Examination and founder of Handwriting Services International, an association of court qualified forensic document examiners throughout the USA.

Contact Baggett at http://MyHandwriting.com/media for interviews.

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