Thomas W. Vastrick
Forensic Document Examiner
522 S Hunt Club Blvd #217
Apopka, FL 32703
40 year of experience as a forensic document examiner
Retainer Fee – $1,000.00
The retainer fee includes up to four hours of examination time and is non-refundable. Field examinations involving significant travel may require a retainer equivalent to the daily examination rate times the estimated number of days for the examination. Amounts above and beyond $1,000.00 (plus non-refundable expenses) is refundable.
Hourly Examination Fee: – $200.00/hr. , $2,000.00/day
This charge is for all examination and travel time (outside Orlando area) in excess of the four hours covered by the retainer fee. Examinations outside of the Orlando area are on a portal-to-portal basis. Overnight travel will be billed at the daily rate for the initial travel date, return date and any additional appearance date(s).
Indented Writing Examinations – $25.00 per sheet
The examination for indented writings often involves the use of an Electrostatic Detection Device. There is a charge of $25.00 per image. Any image with evidentiary value will be included with the written report. This charge is for the images only. Hourly rates apply to the time necessary to conduct these examinations.
Court Appearance Fees – $750 first 3 hours, $250 per hour thereafter / $2,500.00 per day
These fees apply on a portal-to-portal basis. These fees apply to travel time, appearance at site or town, waiting time, courtroom testimony and testimony preparation whether testimony is actually given or not. Testimony may require an advance equivalent to the approximated cost to include portal-to portal time for travel and testimony, chart preparation, mileage, and lodging. Overnight travel will be billed on a daily basis for the initial travel date, appearance date(s), and return date. Examination payments must be up to date prior to appearance.
Deposition Appearance / Interrogatory Fees – $750 first 3 hours, $250 per hour thereafter / $2,500.00 per day
These fees apply on a portal-to-portal basis. Fees for depositions and interrogatories are required in advance. Local depositions (Orlando area) require an advance of $750.00. Depositions outside of the Orlando area will require an advance equivalent to the approximated cost to include portal-to portal time for travel and testimony, mileage, requested research time, and lodging. Overnight travel will be billed on a daily basis for the initial travel date, appearance date(s), and return date.
“On-call” Fees – $100.00/hr.
While on-call for local testimony that does not require being on-site but does require immediate availability a fee of $100.00 per hour is charged.
Regular and customary charges are made for such items as long distance phone calls, photocopies and facsimile transmissions.
Automobile travel – $0.40 per mile
Out-of-town travel – Airline tickets are to be prepaid by client unless other arrangements have been made. International travel will require business class or higher.