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The Devil is in the Details of Legal Translation

Last updated on May 18th, 2021 at 11:11 am

One Misspelled Word Can Send You Back to Square One

It’s no surprise legal translation services is one of our most requested offerings.

That goes for the rest of the translation industry with the rise of international transactions, globalization and movement of people around the world. There are numerous purposes for which legal translation services are needed, and the consequences of not having quality legal translations when necessary can be disadvantageous to your company and any other parties involved.

Having your legal documents professionally translated will save you time and assure that your process will proceed as smoothly as possible.  What processes require certified, legal translations? 

  • Your company is employing foreign nationals, and you need their documents translated into English. You’re in the process of petitioning for that employee using the H-1B visa program.
  • Your child’s adoption papers are in a foreign language. The legal translation must disclose the facts in exacting detail and accuracy, as they were presented in the original documents.
  • Your child adoption process- your adoption papers are in a foreign language. You need to have these documents translated to prove that the adoption is valid, for immigration purposes, as well as licenses and permits, and several other identification needs for your child.
  • Your company’s purchase of real estate in a foreign country- the contracts and supporting documents need to be translated in a way that is understandable and retains pertinent transaction details.

You may have noticed a theme here- details! This is the nature of legal translations. With just one misspelling or word that’s out of place in the translation, you may find yourself back at square one and starting the lengthy process all over again. There is no room for error in a legal translation. 

Do YOU need Legal Translations?

If you need legal documents translated, and you’re not sure how to start- the first step is to do your research. Read the requirements carefully. When in doubt, ask the receiving entities whether any required documents require legal translation. Also, ask for the levels and type of certification needed, you may be told that certain documents don’t need to be translated. For documents that do need legal translation, take heed!

We know that International transaction and activities that require documents from different countries face diverse regulations. The addition of foreign language documents only adds to the complexity. Contact us today so we can eliminate the language barrier and help you make progress!

Flora Yu
Flora Yu
Flora was born and raised in New York to parents from Hong Kong and Taiwan. She has a degree in Accounting. She is fluent in Mandarin, and contributes a unique perspective as someone who was raised in 2 different cultures. She finds humor and opportunities to learn as she constantly searches for the balance between the East and West.