Policies for Hiring and Working With Bart Baggett
Court Qualified Forensic Document Examiner
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Rates, Retainers, and Policies.

All clients who retain Mr. Bart Baggett must agree to these policies & procedures
as they include the working agreement, explanation of the currenly published  rate card, and clearly express
the services contract you are entering into upon hiring Mr. Bart Baggett.

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Forgery Detection is a complicated and skilled profession which takes years of training.

Bart Baggett is qualifed to help you solve your case. We work with attorneys, individuals, and corporations in the US and Canada.

We reserve the right to update our rates at any time, but we do honor the "lab rate" and "consultation" rate which were published at the time of the case begin date. Once a new case has reached the phase of a written letter,  any additional fees will fall under the currently published rate cart.   

All verbal or written quotes (not stated in the standard rate-card) are  valid for 24 hours from the time conveyed.

The "case completion" date is defined as the moment
an "official opinion" in a verbal or written form.

All additional work such as depositions, second opinions, new document reviews, hourly consultations, court testimony, additional lab work, will be billed at the current published rate sheet. additional time on the case, depositions, or other expenses.

There is no refunds of any kind after a verbal or written opinion has been rendered. We get paid to render to review documents and render the most honest opinion possible.  We do not guarantee the results will be results that supports your case.  Please see our detailed chargeback and refund policy.

The following page elaborate on what is included and not included in the  published rate card for each service retained/ rendered.


Bart Baggett Questioned Document Retainer for expert witness services Retainer against future charges on this rate sheet. Permission to publicially announce Mr. Baggett is retained.

Why should I hire Bart Baggett, instead of another less qualified examiner?
Bart is the arguabley 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.

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, but do. Mr. Baggett is very qualified.

My case contains no originals, can you still render an opinion which will hold up in court? Yes. Bart testifies 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 are usually one piece of a much larger puzzle.

How much will it cost to have Bart Baggett himself come to court and testify in person? 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 hiring the right expert for the job.

Bart Baggett New Case, Lab work, Verbal & Written Opinion or Declaration

The "flat rate" covers one Questioned document and unlimited known exemplars of one unique individual. This rate includes up to 4 hour of billable time (lab time, attorney / client consultation, office admininstration, and / or clerical time) and one short "Official Letter of Opinion".

All additional work is billed based on our published rate sheet. Those additional fees would include, but not limited to:

red checkmarkEvaluating new Q or K documents after the official opinion has been issued.

red checkmarkCourt testimony

red checkmarkTravel time and expenses

red checkmarkPreparation of Exhibits

red checkmarkSecond Opinion / Peer Review

red checkmarkAll hourly work which exceed the initial four hours.

red checkmarkAny time worked on caser after the "case completion" date is billed hourly.

red checkmarkConsultation or expanded explanation of basis of opinion to non-attorney client.

red checkmarkLong form writtern report of findings which includes obversvationa and detailed basis of opinion in long form "Official Opinion"



Consultation or expanded explanation of basis of opinion to non-attorney client.





If you have any questions, feel free to contact our corporate headquarters

323-544-9277 ext 2 


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