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Profile: Emily J. Will, D-BFDE

P.O. Box 58552
Raleigh, NC
Phone: (919) 556-7414 or (877) 699-7414
Fax: (858) 712-0803

Emily J. Will, D-BFDE has been in private practice for over 20 years examining cases from North Carolina and 38 other states, as well as internationally. She is accepted as an expert witness and testified in state civil and/or criminal courts in ten states, and in federal court.

Emily J. Will's document examination laboratory employs a variety of specialized lighting, magnifiers, microscopes, photography (including infra-red and ultra-violet), electrostatic detection devices and simple, non-destructive tests to determine the facts related to the documents in question.


BS in Education - Syracuse University - 1969
MA in Counseling - Syracuse University - 1970


Board of Forensic Document Examiners - 2003
(BFDE certification process is accredited by the Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board)

National Association of Document Examiners - 1997

Certified Fraudulent Document Examiner by AllRegs Academy - 2008


Private student of Mr. Felix Klein - 1985-86

Seminars in Printing Process Identification and Image Analysis for Forensic Examiners at Rochester Inst. of Technology - 2001 and 2002

Fundamentals of Microscopy for Forensic Document Examiners at the McCrone Institute College of Microscopy - 2005

Advanced Fraudulent Document Recognition, AllRegs Academy - 2008

Professional Associations

  • Member of the Association of Forensic Document Examiners (AFDE).
  • Member of the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE).
  • Member of the International Graphonomics Society
  • Member of the ASTM, International subcommittee E-30.02 on Questioned Documents
  • Director, Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB)

Forensic Testing Program - Document Examination - Collaborative Testing Services - Herndon, Virginia.

Handwriting Identification Proficiency- Forensic Expertise Profiling Laboratory at Latrobe University in Australia.

Results available upon request.

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Area(s) of Expertise

  • Document Forensics
  • Handwriting
  • Printing
  • Signatures
  • Typewriting
  • Erasures
  • Document Alterations
  • Medical Records
  • Wills
  • Business Disputes
  • Criminal and Civil Cases
Depending on the nature and condition of the documents involved, Emily J. Will, D-BFDE, as a trained and experienced document examiner, can answer the following questions:

  • Is the signature genuine?
  • Is the document simulated/traced, and if so is it simulated/traced by a particular person?
  • Is the same person the author of several documents?
  • Which of a group of people wrote an anonymous letter?
  • Did someone guide a person's hand as a will was signed?
  • Did the doctor come back later and alter the medical records?
  • Did the signer of the document also initial the changes?
  • What is written under the crossed out portion of the writing?
  • Was the document written on the date indicated?
  • Are there erasures on the document?
  • Are there alterations or obliterations on the document?
  • What was originally written before the alteration or under the obliteration?
  • Are there perforations, folds, staple holes, or other physical clues on the document?
  • Was the entire document rewritten, or was it prepared sequentially, over a period of time?
  • Were two documents typed on the same machine?
  • Was the document removed from the typewriter and later reinserted during its preparation?
  • Did a particular person do the typing?
  • What type of printer, or what printing process was used to print the document?