All the buttons on this page are utilized to pay for services of Bart Baggett. Initial review and consultation can be as low as $400. The typical on questioned document case is $995 flat rate. The more complicated cases which include multiple Questioned documents, multiple suspects, or specific advanced forensic tests will be higher.
Bart Baggett New Case, Lab work, Verbal & Written Opinion or Declaration
(One questioned document, One suspected writer -- unlimited known documents)
Each Additional Questioned Document or Suspect Document using the Flat Rate Option.
Rush Fee (12 - 24 hour turnaround, weekends/holidays)
Rush Fee (24 - 28 hour turnaround, business days)
General Retainer Fee
Bart Baggett Consultation / Lab Work Time (hourly)
Designation Fee (instead of General Retainer)
Attorney Consultation (hourly rate):
Telephone or Bart's Office
Attorney's Office (1 hour minimum)
On-Site Inspection of Document (hourly)
(Current Clients Only)
Driving (hourly, plus $0.50 per mile)
Flying (cost of ticket, plus hourly travel time)
Lodging (per night or actual cost)
Court RSVP Deposit (Must accompany signed Court RSVP form).
(Must be paid in full prior to court)
Court Display Preparation (hourly)
Deposition Time (Hourly, 3 hour minimum)
Miscellaneous Expenses May Include:
Courier Service (retained by client)
$1 Units for Document Examination Services
If you are planning on hiring a document examiner soley based on the a fair price, you are are in luck. Despite Mr. Baggett's deep experience and fame, he has maintained a similar price structure as his graduating students and industry peers so that the clients can choose based on 'quality' and not price. Bart Baggett's rate schedule is in the normal range of document examiners nationwide for testimonial time and court room appearances... the prices listed above for the initial consultation, labwork, and letter of opinion are below the average industry prices. But, Mr. Baggett is not the cheapest in the United States. If you want a "discount price", please contact one of Mr. Baggett's students or a less experienced examiner.
Choose your expert based on quality, not price.
Full rate schedule can be downloaded here.
Bart Baggett has been court qualified and testified in Texas, California, New York, Alaska, and Arizona Courts in cases ranging from the value of a 1974 Pick up truck to the "stock certificate" of a 20 million dollar company. When your case requires the most polished, professional, and articluate forensic document expert witness working today, hire Bart Baggett. Call and speak with him today.
Download Bart's full CV here.
Once retained, Bart Baggett will consult directly with your attorney on all areas of forensic evidence and putting an expert witness on the stand regarding the documents in question.
Regardless of the objective "opinion" rendered by Mr. Baggett's lab, Mr. Baggett's experience and advice has helped dozens of attorney's make strategic case decisions which significantly improves the outcome of their case as a whole.
Forensic analysis can tell the truth, when clients often do not. Our experts can often help you determine how much weight the documents can carry in your case.
Your testimony and support during this lawsuit by my x-girlfriend has been nothing short of amazing. The judge awarded me full amount of the $6,600 and finally I can sleep at night."
~ Mike Juaraz,
East Los Angeles
"Thanks you soooooo much for going above and beyond. Your testimony was the key the criminal lawsuit against me. The jury found me NOT GUILTY on all counts. They obviously believed you instead of that Police document examiner the D.A. hired.
I was so impressed you handled that District Attorney with such professionalism... he knew you were right, but couldn't make you look bad on the witness stand.
I have my life back. Thank you Mr. Baggett!"
~ Amir Dawood, Attorney
San Bernadino, CA
"When you need a professional handwriting expert of the highest standards, hire Bart Baggett. He is honest, quick, direct... and will deliver an objective expert opinion, every time. I recommend him without hesitation."
~ Richard J. Riordan
39th Mayor of Los Angeles
"Bart Baggett is the best expert witness I've ever worked with. What's more, he successfully testified for my client via telephone in a live trial here in Alaska. He even "consulted with me" on how best to cross-examine the defense's document examiner. We won the trial and I recommend him whole heartedly."
~ Jim Fry, Attorney
"Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter. Your opinion letter may become enough to prevent a trial."
~ Sandra G. Slater
Common Questions. FAQ
This page has an expanded F.A.Q. page which also includes a frequently asked telephone hotline for new clients.
What is a handwriting expert or court document examiner?
Can Bart testify outside of California?
(Yes, Bart travels nationwide to testify and has been qualified to testify 100% of the time he has appeared in court as an expert witness.)
How much do handwriting experts charge to render an opinion?
Most experts are retired government employees and charge about $1200 as a retainer before they even view the documents and begin the case. Bart and his HSI associates charge under $995 to get started. There is no credible experts that charge $200. If you see a price that low, run the other direction.
I hire Bart Baggett, instead of another less qualified examiner?
Bart is the arguably the most recognized (famous) handwriting expert working in the USA. If credibility, accuracy, and integrity are important to your case, hire Bart. And, Bart has the rates as associates who have been working less than a year professionally. The only reason not to hire Bart is if your court date is on a date when Bart is already testifying in another case. He can't be two places at once. You have seen him regularly on CNN and the other major new outlets.
What training does a handwriting expert have to have in order to testify in a court of law? That is a very long answer. The short answer is that an expert's qualifications are judged by the judge in each case. The long answer is that many working examiners are not qualified and shouldn't be taking cases and we hope you do not hire them. Mr. Baggett is very qualified.
My case contains no originals, can you still render an opinion which will hold up in court? Yes. Bart can render an official opinion based on just copies on a regular basis.
Will Bart's opinion be accepted in a court of law? Of course, but an expert witness's testimony is never a guarantee the judge will rule in your favor. Documents and handwritten evidence are usually just a small piece of a much larger puzzle.
How much will it cost to have Bart Baggett himself come to court and testify in person? Bart's rates are clearly stated on the rate sheet. His court appearance fee is in line with the other experts across the nation. In order for him to come to court, you must have already retained and designated him so he has time to render the authentic opinion.
Does he travel outside California. (Yes. Often.)
All these questions and more can be answered by simply calling our office. Your first conversation will take place without a fee, so you can make sure you are feel comfortable hiring Mr. Baggett and he is the best expert for your case.