The Cost of Handwriting Expert Services

By Antonia M. Klekoda-Baker C.F.D.E,

The first question most of my callers present to me is, “How much will it cost?”  It is as though they figure that there is a single price to cover every case.  They do not consider the amount of work the case requires.

In some cases, a Handwriting Expert can merely look at the questioned document and/or signature and have a pretty good idea as to whether or not it is genuine.  Sometimes, not often, the forgery is  evident.

Other times, a case will involve numerous signatures from numerous persons who will be suspects in the matter of a questioned signature on some document.  And, there may be a lot of similarity in all of the writing.

The Handwriting Expert will not be checking you bank account before giving you a fee for some particular case.  Instead, a seasoned practitioner  of document examination knows just about how much time the case will require and will charge accordingly.

In many cases the Handwriting Expert will request a retainer fee of approximately $395 — $1500 and will give you a list of what you will receive under the umbrella of that particular fee.  The retainer fee may entail the Handwriting Expert’s consultation with you, the examination of pertinent documents, and either a written or oral opinion — which ever will be to your advantage.

Some Handwriting Experts work on an hourly basis.  Some will give you a set fee to take the case.  An ethical Handwriting Expert does not employ a “Bait-and-Switch” tactic wherein the case is accepted for one fee and then, all of a sudden, there are additional fees for things that the Handwriting Expert says were unexpected in the handling of your case.

Nowadays, many individuals in need of Handwriting Expert services will look on the internet or consult a friend or an attorney who may be able to reference a professional Document Examiner.

Often, a Handwriting Expert’s website will give you some idea of the cost of services.  However, due to the difference in cases, a fee has to be adapted accordingly.  Some cases are less demanding than others– or more obvious.

A recognized Handwriting Expert may negotiate a fee so as to accommodate the client in a fair and respectful manner.  And, it is good to treat the Handwriting Expert in the same way in order to establish a good working relationship.