Western Forensic Document Examiner

Kathy Carlson CFDE, CQDE

PO Box 782 Montrose, CO 81403

About the Expert

Kathy Carlson is a Certified Forensic Document examiner by both Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE) and International Association of Document Examiners (IADE). She is experienced, Court Qualified. Her investigations and analysis include: Questioned Signatures, Suspect Documents (Typed and Written), Suspect Alterations, Handwritten Numbers, Paper Verification and Indented Writing. Analysis of Paper and Ink through UV, IR lighting and Filters. She is currently working on a research project through her Non-Profit Organization: Forensic Research on Elderly Exploitation. This research project is meant to help eliminate elderly abuse, and show others that may try to attempt to exploit the elderly, that signatures can be identified as forgeries or authentic even under such circumstances as tremor, due to age, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Dementia or other neurological disorders.

Areas of Expertise

  • Document Examination Forensic
  • Handwriting

Expert's Profile

Please check out Ms. Carlson CV and "Is Document Examination a Science?" article below.

Personal Achievements

Education

  • Kathy Carlson, a Certified, Court Qualified Forensic Document Examiner, has studied handwriting examination and apprenticed under some of the leading Court Qualified Experts since 2009 in cases including but not limited to; Contracts, Loans, Checks, Warranty Deeds, Quitclaim Deeds, Real Estate Contracts, Deeds of Trust, Wills, Codicils, Holographic Wills, Beneficiaries, Income Tax Fraud, Poison Pen Letters, Anonymous Writing, Divorce Disputes, and Graffiti. Ms. Carlson is not limited to Colorado, but travels throughout the western states from the West Coast to North Dakota, South to Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, where she has testified in many of those states. She also has traveled to the Turks & Caicos where she testified in the Supreme Courts of Turks & Caicos.

Licenses

  • Proficiency Testing & Certifications: Provided through International School of Forensic Document Examination included: Ten test cases to work efficiently from start to finish without supervision. Completed 12/2010. Collaborative Testing Services (CTS) - January 2013 Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE) Certification - September 24, 2013 International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) Certification - January 31, 2015 International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) Certification - September 2015 Signature Identification Testing - Identify 20 Genuine, Simulated or Disguised signatures when compared to 20 known signatures. International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) January 2017 - Proficiency Testing International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) January 2018 - Proficiency Testing Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE) September 2018 - Re-Certification

Prior assignments

  • Handwriting identification and discrimination, signature comparison, techniques for distinguishing forged signatures, disguised handwriting, altered numbers, anonymous writing, factors that affect writing, Paper and Ink Analysis with UV-IR Lighting and Filters. Provided expertise in disputed documents or signatures including: Contracts, Loans, Checks, Warranty Deeds, Quitclaim Deeds, Real Estate Contracts, Deeds of Trust, Wills, Codicils, Holographic Wills, Beneficiaries, Income Tax Fraud, Poison Pen Letters, Anonymous Writing, Divorce Disputes, and Graffiti. Kathy Carlson has handled over 450 cases, handling over 10,000 documents.

Listed in the Following States

Western Forensic Document Examiner is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, US Pacific Islands