Translating Legal Documents

 Legal texts are the most difficult types of documents to translate, as they require not only fluent language skills but also high-level knowledge of
A high level o the law. accuracy is crucial, as well as a good knowledge of the legal systems of both the source and target languages, applicable to different legal procedures. Translators should focus on word selection and syntax, as a slight paraphrase can change the legal meaning of a document. Indeed, the mistranslation of a passage in a contract could lead to lawsuits and loss of money.

A legal translator must not only master legal jargon but also the rules of linguistics. Legal translation requires a very literal rendition of the source-language legal document. The translator must avoid extra explanatory words or sentences that are not in the original document.

A good legal translator should have a good knowledge of the relevant legal terminology in both the source and target languages and be a specialist in

A particular legal area, such as:

• International law

• Civil law,

• Corporate law

• Property law

• Tax and accounting law,,

• Insurance law,

• Patent law, etc.

 

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