Handwriting and           Document Examination Expert Witnessing Teaching and Speaking Qualifications

Forensic Handwriting Analysis and Document Examination

Serving Seattle, the Northwest, British Columbia & Beyond

  • Board Certified
  • Court-qualified Expert Witness

I examine documents for the purpose of determining authenticity. Most cases involve handwriting identification — often signatures.

The vast majority of my cases settle out of court. When necessary I testify in court as an expert witness.

Stereo microscope with a camera port

A stereo microscope is helpful when examining original documents. Finer
features such as indentations in the paper, ink striations, line crossings
and other evidence can be examined by using a microscope.





"Dear Ms. McFarland,

I wanted to send you a brief letter thanking you for your services in providing hand writing analysis for Mr. Trujillo in the above referenced matter. Based upon the opinions and conclusions in your report of October 25, 2010, the Plaintiff agreed to dismiss all of its claims.

Again, thank you for your services in this matter.
Very truly yours,

Stephen P. Hennessey
Read Entire Hennessey Letter

I find her [Hannah McFarland] to have an excellent analytical style.

When she makes a comparison, I can actually see what she is talking about. That would be very impressive to a jury.

Stephen R. Kay
Head Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, From the book: Black Dahlia Avenger, by Steve Hodel

Compared with other experts from numerous fields with whom I have interacted during my 27 years of practice, Ms. McFarland distinguished herself in the following respects: She convinced the jury not only of her experience in the field but also her currency; and she withstood cross-examination with ease-giving confident, knowledgeable, and convincing answers to all questions. I would hire Ms. McFarland again if the need arose and enthusiastically recommend her as an expert witness.
(Read entire Cline letter)

Thomas Cline, Esq.
Seattle, WA

We won the case last week. The judge decided Mr. Carlbom was entitled to immediate possession of the motorcycle and was also entitled to limited attorney's fees associated with having to prove that Mr. Maestas had indeed signed the "Receipt for Payment" as you testified.

Thanks for your kind assistance.


— Kirk Davis, Esq.
Seattle, WA
June 30, 2008

I am writing this e-mail to let you know that yesterday Ms. Noble's case was dismissed so there will not be any trial. Thank you very much for your help on this matter. I'm sure that it was your evaluation which finally made the State see the light and dismiss this case.

Loren D. Oakley, Esq.
Clallam County Public Defenders
Port Angeles, WA
March 16, 2009

Your work on this case was crucial to us winning. Without your testimony,
I do not believe that the arbitrator would have found that the defendant had
doctored his notes. I will certainly use you in the future.

Michael S. Wampold, Esq.
Peterson, Young Putra, Fletcher, Masson, Knopp & Wampold, P.S.
Seattle, WA

I want to take a moment to send you a note of thanks for the courtesy and professionalism you showed recently in our case. I am confident in the results and due in no small part to your assistance.

Your direct examination was thorough and to the point. Your responses under cross examination were appropriate, responsive, and consistent. Likewise your responses to the judge's questions were not only appropriate but helpful as well. Please feel free to use my name as a reference with respect to any future work you might be seeking from the legal community.

Antoni H. Froehling, Esq.
Puyallup, WA

In our matter a Police Department Sergeant testified that the handwriting found on a contested document belonged to my client.

Your testimony and exhibits supported the point that the handwriting did not belong to my client.

I interviewed the jury after the case was over and they told me that your testimony convinced them that the handwriting on this specific document was not my client's handwriting.

Should I need a document examiner in the future, I will not hesitate to hire you for such testimony nor would I hesitate to recommend you to other members of the Washington Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

— Ken Valz, Esq.
Valz, Houser, Kogut & Barnes, P.S.

Olympia, WA

I really owe you a huge thanks for getting right on this case and making this happen at the eleventh hour.

You jumped right in at the last second, you handled yourself very well on the stand and your contribution was invaluable in helping us prove our case.

— Daniel W. Crowe, Esq.
Eisenhower & Carlson, PLLC
Tacoma, WA


Hannah McFarland
2023 E. Sims Way, Ste 263
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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(206) 526-1941
or (360) 379-4062


Basics of Document Examination

Case Law regarding Questioned Document Examination (QDE)

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