What Do You Need to Know about Legal Translators?

Legal translation to English, French, German and other languages should differ not only in linguistic literacy, but also in accuracy of the choice of terms. At the same time, a legal translator must adhere to the style inherent in legal documents.

Legal translation is as intolerant as possible to translator mistakes, because they can entail difficulties in litigation and monetary losses. When translating legal terms that are not applicable in the country of translation, short or detailed explanations should be given. The reader should not have unnecessary questions, distracting from the study of legal documentation.

A professional translator of legal texts and documents always chooses the right terms, accurately conveys the meaning and content of the original, and also strives to ensure compliance with the legislation of the country for which translation is intended. Thus, a good legal translator is also a lawyer, albeit not always with a higher legal education.

For the competent performance of such a task, the translator must know a special profile terminology, as well as good understanding of international law. For this reason, the choice of a specialist to work with legal texts is always very scrupulously. Only a specialist who meets these requirements can work with them:

• Irreproachable knowledge of the language. The linguist should perfectly know the language, as well as all the subtleties of working with a specific language pair: the norms of communication adopted in a particular society, business style, mentality.

• Knowledge of terminology. Given that this is highly specialized translation, knowledge of terms will be a prerequisite for correctly translating text.

• Knowledge of the workflow. Translation of this kind should be properly implemented, including and taking into account the requirements for official documents — a certain structure of the text and correctness of its organization should be preserved.

• Knowledge in the field of international law. Linguists working with legal texts should also have experience of translating such texts.

Amateur translation of legal documents and terms can cause material damage to the company -customer and even entail legal claims. Inaccurate wording or incompleteness of translation levels the work of a lawyer. Therefore, the translation bureau strongly recommends only professional translators to be selected to work with legal documentation.

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