Are you questioning the authenticity of a signature on a will or other document?
Has someone altered a signature, number, etc., on a contract, medical record, timesheet, deed, loan, or another typed document?
Did someone forge your signature on a check or alter the date or amount?
If you are a victim of a forgery or altered document I can help. My expertise in the field of document examination will enable me to determine if a signature or handwriting is authentic or a forgery.
Whether you need the information I provide to share with your attorney, or you just want to know the truth for yourself, I can help provide peace of mind by determining if the questioned signature/document, in my opinion, is a forgery.
Most cases only need the notarized letter of opinion, (the verbal opinion is required before a letter of opinion can be prepared) and you may never need to appear in court. Many times, having this information allows attorneys to settle out of court or the opposing side may drop the case completely.
In the event your case goes to court, I am available to offer deposition and/or appear in court and provide testimony with my professional opinion and supporting details about the questioned signature/document. (There are additional fees for depositions, travel expenses, and court appearances.) See pricing below.
My experience includes the examination of signatures, handwriting, and various documents for cases in numerous states across the United States. My professional opinion of the questioned signature/document, etc. will assist you or your attorney with valuable information.
I have earned a bachelor's degree and two masters' degrees. My training includes handwriting identification, handwriting discrimination, distinguishing forged signatures, determining disguised handwriting, and analyzing altered numbers. I have apprenticed and worked on a part time basis for over 19 years, but I am now working full time as a forensic document examiner.
1. Scan and email me copies of the "questioned" document(s) OR “questioned" signature(s). (These are the ones you think may be forged.) I don't need the entire document, but please include the first page or title page and the page with the questioned signature(s).
2. Also, scan and email me the documents with the "known" handwriting or "known" signatures. I need approximately 10-20 samples of the "known" signatures.
3. DO NOT write on the documents you are sending me.
4. In your email attachments, please clarify which documents are "questioned" and which are "known". This is VERY important.
5. Scan and email your documents to:
6. Please include the name or company name you used to make your payment and your address.
Please know that no opinion or letter will be offered until all funds are received.
Payment options are listed below. You can pay with a PayPal account or sign in as a guest and use any major credit card.
Your first phone consultation is free!
Feel free to contact me 24/7 via text or telephone at: 713.859.6882. If I am unable to answer, please leave me a message and I will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
Many clients ask if the Notarized Letter of Opinion will be accepted in court. Each judge determines what he or she will accept in their court. Some of my clients say the letter was accepted by the judge, and other judges want me to appear in person or via Zoom. Many times, once you present the Notarized Letter of Opinion to the opposing side, they either drop the case or settle out of court. Please consult your attorney for more information.
Next, choose whether you want only a Verbal Opinion, or if you also need the Notarized Letter of Opinion. Once you have made your decision, scroll down below to your choice and click the “BUY NOW” button. You can pay with a PayPal account or sign in as a guest and use any major credit card.
Two Examinations/Verbal Opinions &
One Notarized Letter of Opinion - ONLY $550
The usual fee is $400 to examine/analyze one signature and receive a Verbal Opinion (nothing in writing). There is an additional $300 for each written Notarized Letter of Opinion which is based on my findings offered in the Verbal Opinion.
Two Verbal Opinions ($400 each) and one Notarized Letter of Opinion ($300) would total $1,100, but with the "Special Offer" you only pay $550 and SAVE $550!
This special price is offered as the first
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I am offering a special 50% discount this month.
This Special Offer of $550 includes:
Two (2) examinations/verbal opinions AND
One (1) Notarized Letter of Opinion
The usual fees would total $1,100.
($400 for each Verbal Opinion and $300 for the Notarized Letter of Opinion)
A Verbal Opinion is offered via telephone after a thorough examination/analysis of the signature(s) or document(s).
NOTE: No written opinion is included.
The examination/analysis is $400 for each signature or document.
The Verbal Opinion is required in order to provide you with a written Notarized Letter of Opinion (see below).
In order to provide you with a written Notarized Letter of Opinion, you must first purchase a Verbal Opinion so your signature(s) or document(s) can be examined/analyzed.
After a thorough examination/analysis of the signature(s)/document(s), you will be emailed a written Notarized Letter of Opinion. This letter can be used for mediation or personal use.
The cost for each written Notarized Letter of Opinion is $300.
(This fee is in addition to the fee of $400 for a Verbal Opinion.)
A Court Appearance fee is $2,500 per day for the first day and $2,000 per day for each day after that. This fee must be paid two weeks in advance of the court date. Payment of this fee blocks your date on the calendar for me to be available for trial. NO date is held until payment is made in full.
Also, there may be additional costs for travel expenses, lodging, etc.
Note: This price includes $500 for two hours of court preparation.
A Deposition fee is $2,500 per day for the first day and $2,000 per day for each day after that. This fee must be paid two weeks in advance of the deposition date. Payment of this fee blocks your date on the calendar for me to be available for the deposition. NO date is held until payment is made in full.
Also, there may be additional costs for travel expenses, lodging, etc.
(This fee is paid by the opposing client.)
CURRICULUM VITAE of SHARON OTTINGER
Address: 4303 Seneca Street - Pasadena, TX 77504
Sharon Ottinger is an expert document examiner and skilled authority in handwriting identification with over 19 years of experience in the field of document examination. For the first two years (September 2003 until September 2005) she served as an apprentice under the mentorship of Curt Baggett, an expert document examiner, (ExpertDocumentExaminer.com, who has testified in every state in the United States and numerous foreign countries.
Ms. Ottinger holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and two master’s degrees. One of her master's degrees is in School Counseling and the other is in Educational Administration. She has examined cases and rendered opinions on hundreds of cases in numerous states across the United States.
Ms. Ottinger recently retired from serving as a school guidance counselor for 23 years. In January 2019, she began devoting herself to full-time document examination. Prior to this time, due to her commitment and schedule with counseling, her mentor, Mr. Baggett, would testify in cases where a court appearance was needed.
Bachelor of Science Degree - May 1992
University of Houston - Clear Lake
Master's Degree in School Counseling - December 1997
Dallas Baptist University
Master's Degree in Educational Administration - December 2010
2-Year Apprenticeship in Document Examination
Mentor, Curt Baggett, Expert Document Examiner
September 2003 - September 2005
Proper examination of various types of signatures, handwriting identification, handwriting discrimination, distinguishing forged signatures, determining disguised handwriting, analyzing altered numerals, and correct labeling of signatures and documents
Forensic examination of disputed documents and/or signatures including wills, checks, contracts, deeds, account ledgers, medical records, etc.
Investigation and analysis included questioned signatures, suspect documents, forgeries, identity theft, anonymous letters, alterations, obliterations, erasures, typewritten documents, altered medical records, graffiti, handwritten numerals, as well as computerized and handwritten documents
CLASSES and WORKSHOPS
Examination of Anonymous Writing
Document Examination Terminology
Advanced Forgery Identification
Tremors and Line Quality
Photography Through Microscopes
Basics of Forensic Photography
The Discrimination of Handwriting
Procedures for Examining Signatures
Courtroom Procedures and Roles
Deposition and Cross Examinations
Medical Problems Affecting Handwriting
Preliminary Examinations and Document Preparation
Forensic Laboratory and Special Instruments for the Examination of Handwriting Document Examination in the United States Legal System
Alteration of Documents
Individual Characteristics in Handwriting
Factors that Affect Handwriting
Exhibits and Demonstrative Evidence
Print, Script, Numerals, and Alphabets
Business Plans and Career Objectives for Document Examiners
Forensic Ink Analysis
The Art of the Deposition and Court Testimony
LABORATORY EQUIPMENT USED FOR EXAMINATION
HP flatbed scanner, light table, numerous magnifying devices, protractor, metric measuring devices, and transparencies