November 2019

Temecula Valley Section 0713

November 2019 Monthly Dinner Meeting

Topic: “Identifying Document Fraud in Probate and Elder Abuse Cases”

Who:  Mike Wakshull

When: Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Where: Temecula Library Community Room B
30600 Pauba Road,
Temecula, CA 92592

Dinner Cost: $20.00 for members
$25.00 for non-members

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Presentation Title: “Identifying Document Fraud in Probate and Elder Abuse Cases”


Document Fraud in Probate Cases

People use different means to commit fraud with documents in probate cases. Examples are when a person fabricates a will leaving all assets to themselves from the decedent. Other examples are when a person writes checks from the decedent’s bank account. There are times when a document is notarized, yet the notarization is fraudulent. There are different ways this can occur. A skilled forensic document examiner can oftentimes discover how the documents have been created and altered to benefit a party who does not deserve benefit from the decedent’s estate. This presentation uses case studies to identify various methods that have been used to attempt to fraudulently take a decedent’s property.

Document Fraud in Elder Abuse Cases

There are many ways in which financial abuse occurs in elder abuse cases. Many of these involve financial documents that have been fraudulently altered. This presentation looks at real case examples of alterations that have been made, giving elder law attorneys the tools they need to evaluate possible fraud when confronted with such a case. Methods of fraud explored include: – Attempts to withdraw funds from bank accounts – Change of beneficiary – Attempts to transfer stock in a corporation – Fraudulent wills – Attempts to take real estate

Learning objectives:

  • Identify means you can use to determine whether a deed is legitimate
  • Learn methods by which you can determine whether a signature is legitimate
  • Discover methods to determine whether a holographic will is legitimate
  • Explore methods to determine whether people are using documents to commit financial elder abuse
  • Determine when a forensic document examiner can effectively partner with you on a case


Presentation Speaker:      Mike Wakshull

Mike is an independent forensic document examiner based in Temecula. He applies his training science and engineering to the examination of documents for legal purposes. He uses technology to deliver exceptional results and communicate with his clients. Mike has presented to his peers at local and international legal and forensics conferences.

He moved to Temecula when Abbott Vascular hired him to manage development and implementation of corporate product risk management policies and procedures. He is a Certified Quality Engineer.

Last month he delivered a two-hour version of this presentation to the Association of Estate Planning Attorneys conference in Coronado. Last year he testified for two days for the plaintiff in the Rebecca Zahau wrongful death trial in San Diego.

Join us for a wonderful presentation of “Identifying Document Fraud in Probate and Elder Abuse Caseson November 21st, 2019 at 6:00pm!!!


As a clinic participant, you will:
The “angle of perception” used by auditors, and how to expand it using the “missing senses” to soak up evidence like a sponge.
Learn how auditees hide nonconformities in plain view, based on predicted auditor behavior.
Never again have your audit findings challenged because of weak evidence.
Speaker Bio: Christopher Paris is a former Chemical Process Engineer, and has worked with ISO 9001 systems since 1988.  In 1999, he founded Oxebridge Quality Resources, an ISO 9001 and AS9100 consulting firm whose clients include SpaceX, Lufthansa, L3 Communications, and
200 small and medium sized organizations. He was a member of the US TAG to TC 176,
and is an international speaker on the subject of quality and ISO 9001, primarily advocating
for the point of view of standards users.  Click Here for more on Christopher Paris bio.