Don’t take it from me, hear it from my clients (the victims and their attorneys)
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.
What was even more impressive was her trial testimony. It felt like she was cross-examining defense counsel rather than the other way around. Most impressive to me however, was Kathy’s willingness to actually take a stand. So many experts want to opine on the possibilities rather than actually saying “this is a forgery.” Kathy was careful, collected, detailed, and after walking down the entire road actually made the call.
Verdict was in our favor and was more than six figures. Kathy was a large part of why that happened.
Shawna R. Meyer, Attorney
Lake Oswego, OR
William J. Trainor, President at Trainor Ranch Inc.
We were able to reopen our application without lawyers or further expensive litigation. Ms. Carlson was prompt and professional in rendering her service. I have no doubt she would perform to those standards should we require her testimony in court.
I will let anyone know who to go to in the future if this type of request is needed in the future.
Stephen Madsen, HR Manager for Interac Co., Ltd.
I want to Thank You for your Professional and Timely Service, Skill and Accuracy. Your services were needed because of an extreme situation which involved forgery, and this situation if not shown to have been forgery, would have devastated myself and my family’s life and future. Immediately upon contacting you I knew I was in the hands of a professional who would be non-biased and professional. Because of your work and your assistance in this matter the DA was able to see that I was indeed a victim and the case was resolved. Your credentials were impressive to the investigators and I know if we had to go to court I was in the hands of a professional who would help me to prove the case. Thank you for your seriousness when it comes to your credentials, current skills and definitive results.