2017 November SAFE educational seminar

Speaker: Nanette Barto

Topic: Manipulated Handwriting and the Client that Does Not Want You to Figure it Out

Time and Location

Date: November 29, 2017

Time: 4:00 P.M. PDT, 7:00 P.M. EDT, 23:00 GMT

Location: Internet via Zoom conference


Behavioral consistencies in clients who are not up front with you can be discovered through a series of actions which raise red flags. I have always maintained that “what the brain can conceive, the body can achieve.” Not true in the opposite sense. If what the body can achieve is merely what the brain can conceive, I ask, “is disguised writing really disguised?” I say not! This presentation will show that while a person believes they are writing with disguise, they are simply tapping into forms and allographs that they have developed a habit with, and many of the habits are impossible to remove in the act of disguise since writing is memory movement. You will hear about the actions that should raise a red flag as to the truthfulness and/or wantonness of a deceitful client. I will also share how I deal with the non-attorney clients/attorneys in the event you come across them. We will also look at what I call pattern recognition in disguised handwriting through a process of letter to letter examination.


Nanette has been a Forensic Document Examiner since 2009.. Her background includes acting in the capacity of a Notary Public for the State of California since 2004, closing home loans and executing notarial duties for estates, trust, and wills along with a multitude of miscellaneous acts. She has witnessed the signatures of individuals in all capacities from a single signature to sessions of 50 or more giving her a perspective on handwriting and executions under different circumstances, conditions, and influences. Her clients were lenders and title companies up and down California. Ms. Barto also held a Real Estate License from 2005-2009, through one of the biggest economical crashes in history. Her real estate license allowed her to become extremely familiar with real estate transactions and mortgage procurement which allows her to determine the chain of command in such documents. After completing her apprenticeship in 2009 as a document examiner, she attended American River College whereby she obtained an Associate of Arts in Legal Assisting and Psychology with the later focused on Biological Psychology and Gerontology/Life Span. This has assisted in understanding the components of the brain and how outside influences such as drugs, alcohol, illness, disease, and disorders can affect the motor sensory system. Nanette has handled over 600 cases, and has testified competently on over 38 occasions in arbitration, civil, family law, probate, federal immigration court, and criminal proceedings.