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After our final hearing, the judge in our probate hearing has found the will to be valid. I have already expressed my appreciation for your work, but it is made more significant when the work is a key factor. Here’s what the judge had to say in his final order:
The Document was Signed by Decedent as his Will.
The preliminary matter is whether the document was “‘signed or acknowledged by the decedent as his or her will.” Applicant called expert witness Kathy Carlson, a forensic document examiner, to support his argument that the signature and date on the contested will was made by decedent. Her testimony, forensic report, and explanation of her expert forensic analysis are highly probative. Carlson explained her methodology of making side-by-side comparisons of the decedent’s signatures to the signature on the contested will, and how her examination of the elements of writing (height, spacing, proportions, and formations) led her to the conclusion that decedent signed the contested will. Id. The Court finds the opposing counsel’s testimony to be largely irrelevant as the interaction with the Decedent was minimal at best. The Court is convinced by the expert testimony and finds that the signature on the contested will was made by the decedent.