Las Vegas

Ms. Seaman Kelly has 30 years of experience in examining a variety of documents in both criminal and civil cases. Retired from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in March, 2017, Ms. Seaman Kelly established her private practice to serve the legal community’s need for a qualified and experienced forensic document examiner in Las Vegas and the State of Nevada. Ms. Seaman Kelly is Past President of American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE), and is currently Section Chair of the Questioned Documents Section in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). She is a current member of the Forensic Document Examination sub-committee of the Organization of Scientific Areas Committees (OSAC), which drafts professional standards for the various tasks in forensic document examination, and the Academy Standards Board which is a multi-forensic science board that reviews standards submitted by the forensic science disciplines.

Ms. Seaman-Kelly has qualified as an expert and has testified in the United States District Court, District of Nevada-Las Vegas. She is a noted author and a frequent speaker on topics related to forensic document examination. Ms. Seaman Kelly also serves as a consultant and training to other document examiners.

Forensic document examination is not limited to disputed handwriting and signatures. Detecting alterations to a document, identifying printing processes, ascertaining the date of a document through non-destructive testing, fracture matching of document, and, recovering indented or obliterated text are examination tasks within the purview of a trained and experienced forensic document examiner. Ms. Seaman Kelly provides holistic examinations in Las Vegas and northern Nevada as she has a comprehensive forensic laboratory.

Forensic document examination is one tool available to an attorney that can independently determine the authenticity of an important document. Ms. Seaman Kelly does not charge for initial consultation.

List of Document Services Offered

Criminal, Civil, and Administrative Cases Accepted.Documents memorialize financial, legal, business, social or personal interactions. Forensic document examinations within the purview of a Forensic Document Examiner are:

  • Handwriting, Hand Printing, Signatures
  • Detection and Recovery of Indented Writing (non-destructive)
  • Alteration, Insertion, Erasure, and Obliteration Examinations
  • Typewriter Examinations
  • Photocopier/Office Machine Production Examinations
  • Watermark Examinations
  • Counterfeit Examinations
  • Fracture Match Examinations
  • Restoration of Shredded Documents
  • Charred Documents
  • Rubber Stamp and Seal Impression Examinations
  • Ink analysis to determine differences in inks (non-destructive)
  • Reconstruction of Shredded, Cut, or Torn Documents

Documents Commonly Submitted for Examination Include:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Contracts
  • Real Estate Documents
  • Business Records such as Accounting Ledgers, Checks, Employment Records
  • Medical Records
  • Legal Documents
  • Anonymous Letters and Cards
  • Reconstruction of Shredded or Charred Documents
  • Graffiti or tagging on surfaces other than paper
  • Voter Ballots
  • Petition Signatures