SAFE October 2021 educational seminar

Date: Time
27-October-2021 16:00 (4:00 pm) PDT
27-October-2021 19:00 (7:00 pm) EDT
27-October-2021 23:00 (11:00 pm) GMT
27-October-2021 01:00 (01:00 am) SAST
28-October-2021 12:00 (12:00 pm) NZDT

Speaker – Mike Wakshull

Topic – Little known facts about altered documents in legal cases


Forensic document examiners are often retained to determine whether a document has been altered. Alterations are made in many ways. The person making the alteration believes they are clever enough to avoid detection. Usually they leave traces of their misdeeds behind. This presentation offers an overview to attorneys to different types of alterations encountered by document examiners and methods of detecting the alterations.

  • Altered documents deeds filed with the county recorder
  • Alteration of a mortgage document
  • Tools used by forensic document examiners to look for alterations
  • Alteration of Computer generated documents
  • Why must the document examiner be able to distinguish computer generated documents?
  • Discovery of cut-and-paste signatures
  • Alteration of medical records
  • Alteration of email
  • Is the Word document as purported?
  • Examining signatures written on digital tablets
  • Tools used by document examiners in non-handwriting examinations
  • The future of forensic document examination


Mike WakshullMike Wakshull is a court-qualified forensic document examiner located in Temecula, CA. He has been qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Courts and Federal District Court, testifying in cases involving will contests, contract disputes and others.

Results are presented to his clients using state-of-the-art laboratory consisting of digital and optical microscopes, VSC80, Photoshop CC®, Acrobat DC®, NEGA® software, two electrostatic detection devices (ESDA and Vacubox), high grade Epson digital scanners, a large research library, and more.

He has authored two books on the topic of forensic document examination: Forensic Document Examination for Legal Professionals and The End of the Zodiac Mystery. Mike has presented at conferences such as international forensics conferences, California Lawyers Association, and California District Attorneys Association. He is vice president of Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners and is a member of the National Speaker’s Association.