About

About Us

Andrea le Sueur is a certified forensic document examiner CFDE® and handwriting expert based in Hout Bay, Cape Town. She is certified by the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE®) (USA). Holding a BA degree from UNISA, further professional studies included the Training Course in Questioned Handwriting and Document Examination (Reed Hayes CDE), Hawaii.

As a certified forensic document examiner CFDE® she is qualified to examine questioned documents in order to provide an opinion on the authenticity of signatures and the authorship of handwriting. International standards of forensic examination are applied to South African cases involving all types of document fraud. Since 2014, she has gained considerable experience in the investigation of South African cases of disputed wills, contract fraud, sick note fraud and cases requiring authorship identification. Practitioners of this profession are also known as Handwriting Experts, Forensic Graphologists, Forensic Handwriting Analysts or Questioned Document Examiners (QDE’s.)

Membership

  • Certified member of the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE®), USA
  • Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, South Africa (ACFESA)
  • American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF)

Questioned Signatures

Signatures are the result of a lifetime of habitual movement by the writer. They contain unique characteristics that individualise them.

Disputed Wills

When a last will and testament bears testators’ or witness signatures that look odd, unusual or in any way different from the norm, these are known as ‘questioned signatures’.

Handwriting Expert

When it comes to document fraud or potentially fraudulent contracts or wills, attorneys and advocates often require the services of a handwriting expert.

Document Tampering

Document tampering is the act of modifying the physical properties of a document after it has been signed and concluded by the parties.

Handwriting Examination

Most written communication is sent via text or email these days, but handwriting, lends itself to disguise and the concealment of identity and origin.

Dates & Numbers

Nowadays most numerical work is computerised. However, alterations to handwritten dates and numbers can still occur in cases of document fraud.