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Emily J. Will, D-BFDE

Emily J. Will, D-BFDE

P.O. Box 58552
Raleigh, North Carolina 27658

Phone(877) 699-7414

Website https://www.qdewill.com

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Emily J. Will, D-BFDE is a board certified forensic document examiner, equipped to answer your handwriting and document questions, conduct laboratory or on-site examinations, prepare illustrated reports and courtroom exhibits, and present testimony at trial.

Services

Emily J. Will, D-BFDE offers the following services:

- Comparison and Identification of Handwriting

- Technical Document Examination

Discovery and proof of alterations, obliterations, erasures, indented writing;
Examination of medical and accounting records and journal entries;
Ink discrimination;
Detailed, Illustrated reports available;
Court Testimony supported by demonstrative exhibits.


Litigation Support Services

Emily J. Will, D-BFDE is a certified board forensic document examiner, equipped to answer your handwriting and document questions, conduct laboratory or on-site examinations, prepare illustrated reports and courtroom exhibits, and present testimony at trial.

Areas of Expertise

Profile

Emily J. Will, M.A, DBFDE, Board Certified Document Examiner

Experience: Private practice for 30 years examining cases from North Carolina and 42 other states, as well as internationally. Accepted as an expert witness and testified in state civil and criminal courts in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Washington D.C., and in federal court; appointed by state and federal courts.

Proficiency: In 2001 through 2008 participated successfully in the Handwriting Identification proficiency testing program of the Forensic Expertise Profiling Laboratory at Latrobe University in Australia. Results available upon request.

Collaborative Testing Services Forensic Handwriting Identification and/or Document Examination Testing Program, Herndon, VA, 1998-2000 and in 2005-07. These tests are prepared in cooperation with the Questioned Document Section - American Academy of Forensic Sciences. CTS tests forensic laboratories in 55 countries worldwide

Equipment: Bausch and Lomb StereoZoom5 microscope (8X-160X), Foster and Freeman VSC-4c Video
Spectral Comparator, ESDA-Lite Indentation Materializer, Mac/PC computers, scanners.

Consulting Practice

All States

Professional Experience

Private practice for 30 years examining cases from North Carolina and 42 other states, and internationally. Accepted as an expert witness and testified in state civil/criminal courts in eleven states, and in federal court; appointed by state and federal courts


Licenses

Certified by the Board of Forensic Document Examiners and by the National Association of Document Examiners


Legal Experience & Services

In 2001 through 2004 participated successfully in the Handwriting Identification proficiency testing program of the Forensic Expertise Profiling Laboratory at Latrobe University in Australia. Results available upon request.

Collaborative Testing Services Forensic Handwriting Identification and Document Examination Testing Program, Herndon, VA, 1998, 1999 & 2000. These tests are prepared in cooperation with the Questioned Document Section - American Academy of Forensic Sciences. CTS tests forensic laboratories in 55 countries worldwide.


Affiliations

* Member, and Past President, of the Association of Forensic Document Examiners (AFDE). Also Editorial Board member for the Journal of Forensic Document Examination (AFDE Journal) from 2005 - present.
* Secretary, Board of Forensic Document Examiners, 2007 - 2012. Treasurer, 2015 - present
* Director, Forensic Specialties Accreditation Board (FSAB), 2008-present, Secretary FSAB 2015-2017, Vice-President 2017 - present
* Member, NIST Human Factors Expert Working Group for Handwriting Examination - 2015-
present


Qualifications

* 1998-2000, 2005-2013 participated successfully in proficiency testing in Handwriting Examination or Document Examination. Collaborative Testing Services of Herndon, VA
* 2001-2008 participated successfully in the Handwriting Identification Proficiency- testing program of the Forensic Expertise Profiling Laboratory at Latrobe University in Australia.


Seminars & Training

Training: Completed the Questioned Document program of Mr. Felix Klein (1985-86) including course work and examinations in the field of Questioned Document Examination. Mr. Klein was a document examiner with 40 years experience, serving as a consultant to the United Nations and testifying in many foreign countries, as well as in the U.S.

Continuing Education: Attended the AFDE 3-4 day Symposia in 2002-2016 and the NADE 3-4 day conferences in
1996-2017. In 1988, 1989, 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2003 attended the annual Scientific Sessions of the Questioned
Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and technical workshops in 2007, 2009, 2013, and 2015

Attended the 4 day workshop, Printing Process Identification and Image Analysis for Forensic Document Examiners at Rochester Institute of Technology in June, 2001


Publications

Article: Handwriting, Biometrics and Significance: Concepts in Handwriting Identification Journal of the National Association of Document Examiners, Summer, 2001
Article: The Microscope - Through the Looking Glass - Chemistry in Australia - (Royal Society of Chemists in Australia) May, 2000
Article: A Discussion of Dandy Rolls and Watermarks - co-authored with Mr. Robert Johnson, Journal of the National Association of Document Examiners, Fall, 1999
Article: Ink Differentiation with Digital Photography, Journal of the National Association of Document Examiners, Spring, 1999 and International Journal of Forensic Document Examination., 1999
Article: Medical Records Case Solved Photographically, Journal of the National Association of Document Examiners, Spring, 1998
Article: Good Standards in Document Examination Cases, Trial Briefs (North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers), Summer, 1988 issue

Presentations:

Line Sequence and MICS - Research in Progress AFDE conference, 2001
Research in Document Examination NADE Conference, 2001
Handwriting, Biometrics and Significance NADE Conference, 2000
New Equipment for the Document Examiner NADE Conference, 1999
Tremor in Handwriting NADE Conference 1998, co-presented with Beryl Gilbertson, M.A. C. Crim.,
Document Examination and the Internet NADE Conference, 1997


Professional References

Available upon request


Education

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




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