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Legal Translation: The Way Out of Court

Legal Translation

Two main reasons have triggered the need for legal translation:

  1. World Immigration
  2. International Commerce (globalization)

Contrary to marketing translation, there is no freedom when translating legal documents. The translation has to be a verbatim of the original document since one change will render the translation invalid or could be the reason of a lawsuit.

However, there are a couple of similarities between marketing and legal translation. One, is that translators specialize in legal translation. Legal terminology is very specific, almost unnatural compared to everyday vocabulary. It uses, for example, many Latin words. That is why translators train to do this job and go to workshops to keep up with the subject.

And just as with translation services for marketing material, there are translation services for legal documents. The legal system in England and in the United States use different words to name the same things, for example:

Lawyer is a general word for someone who has professional training in legal work or who is an expert in the law. In American English, the word attorney is often used instead, especially in legal or official language and especially to refer to a lawyer who represents people in court.

In British English, there is a difference between a solicitor, who gives legal advice and prepares legal documents, and a barrister, who represents people in court.

Not to mention that different countries have different legal systems, which carry many other variations.

The importance of hiring a professional translator cannot be emphasized enough in legal translation. It can only be compared to medical translations. Make sure that your translator is aware of and able to perform perfectly your legal needs to avoid difficulties in your legal process.

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Jackie Ruffolo
Jackie Ruffolo
Jackie was born in Venezuela. Jackie has a BS in computer engineering; As President of JR Language, she spends time researching new technology and productivity tools for the Company. She holds a certificate of Localization and Project Management- Localization. Through her many years of experience working in multilingual corporate environments, she understands firsthand the value of bridging language barriers in creating smooth communication that allows for productive and happy work environments. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and is a frequent contributor to both our English and Spanish blogs. Jackie loves nature and to be outdoors.