Across the globe there are hundreds of different legal systems. Even putting aside the fact that these systems use an array of different languages and codes, businesses and individuals who deal with legal documentation in multiple jurisdictions also have to deal with variations in syntax, tone and terminology.
This is why legal translation is so important – and why those looking for these services should bear in mind what makes for best practice:
A single misplaced word or comma can cost millions. Accuracy is the single most important skill in legal translation – and documents should always be proofread before delivery.
Know the laws, not just the tongues
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Translating legal documentation correctly requires a highly specialist set of skills: total accuracy, in-depth knowledge of the target language and in-country legal terminology, an ability to work to very tight deadlines and a sophisticated understanding of tone and nuance.
However, there are some things that legal translations should not entail, so businesses with legal documents that need translating should keep an eye open for the most common pitfalls:
1. Just translation
‘General’ business translators and legal translators are a different breed. A mistranslated marketing document can make a brand look foolish (see 6 ways to get your brand global ready) but a mistranslated contract can cost a business millions of dollars.
Avoid traditional general translation services and always use legal sector specialists who know the legal intricacies involved, as well as the...
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